Most actors yearn for the chance to direct. If you’re a big enough star, that prospect comes rather easy. So, it’s a wonder that Dustin Hoffman waited until he was 74-years old to direct his first film.
He’s been in countless films, won numerous awards including two Oscars, and taken us on many cinematic adventures. Dustin Hoffman has long been established as one of the most significant actors of his generation, but he has never directed a film until now.
His debut film is titled, ‘Quartet’. It goes like this: Lifelong friends Wilf and Reggie, together with former colleague Cissy, are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton, a former grande dame of the opera fallen on hard times, also Reggie’s ex-wife and the fourth and most celebrated member of their former quartet, moves into the home to everyone’s surprise, the plans for this year’s concert start to unravel.
As old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with the rehearsal schedule, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest singers in English operatic history under one roof offers no guarantee that the show will go on.
The film stars Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, and Billy Connolly. It’s actually based on a Ronald Hardwood’s play and was adapted by Ronald Harwood (The Pianist, Being Julia, Oliver Twist, Australia). It was produced by BBC Films and, you guessed it, The Weinstein Company will distribute in the US. If the film is at all good, look for the Weinstein’s to push for some considerations. Anyhow, we’ll see. Check out the trailer below.
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