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The true story of Hollywood's greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair's triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) - a formidable double act in their own right - the pair's love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.
When Ollie was finally free of his contract with Hal Roach Studios he was finally able to sign the one or two picture deals alongside Stan for other film studios such as Fox, MGM & RKO. However most fans of the duo believe that almost all these films (with the possible exception of Flying Deuces in 1939) marked a decline in quality from the pair. The scripts were often lame in comparison to their time at Hal Roach and they were visibly starting to show their age. To make matters worse newer double acts such as Abbot & Costello and Bob Hope, Bing Crosby (and Dorothy Lamour) started to become popular and steal their thunder. They did continue making films until 1945 but at a much less frequent rate until the work more or less dried up from Hollywood. They did make one last film together, a French/Italian co-production which was universally panned and which effectively killed off their hopes of a comeback. See more »
Near the beginning of the film Stan (Steve Coogan) leaves the red telephone box opposite the theatre in Newcastle after ringing his wife back in Hollywood. In doing so he brushes against the door-frame causing it to flex slightly and thus giving away the fact it is clearly a wooden prop (real telephone boxes were made of iron). See more »
I've just had the rare pleasure of watching a film that can be classed as truly remarkable at an Unlimited Cineworld screening. This will be a future classic with The Godfather Part 2, Raging Bull, Lincoln etc.
John C Reilly IS Oliver Hardy. A possible awards contender? Most definitely.
Steve Coogan I think is Stan Laurel's Love child. Both remarkable and thoroughly believable performances.
Being a lifelong fan of Laurel & Hardy, this could quite easily be the two men themselves.
I read another review mentioning the first 4 or 5 minute shot. Beautifully woven and assembled. As good as La La Land.
If you like L&H, even if you don't, this film will surely make you smile and quite possibly cry too.
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