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Not Only But Always (2004)

Cast: Rhys Ifans, Rhys Ifans, Aidan McArdle, more...
Director: Terry Johnson, Terry Johnson
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Studio: Acorn Media
Genre: Foreign, UK
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
The turbulent collaboration between legendary British comedy duo Dudley Moore and Peter Cook is explored in this biographical feature that traces the career of the pair from their early days in the groundbreaking Beyond the Fringe comedy troupe to their later status as foul-mouthed filth kings Derek and Clive. From the moment Moore (Aidan McArdle) and Cook (Rhys Ifans) met as undergraduate students, their comic sensibilities were perfectly intertwined. Though in public their remarkable wit and uncanny sense of timing would gain the pair international acclaim, when the bright lights of the stage went dim, Cook and Moore were burning from the inside with bitter resentment. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Inside the "Fringe" by talltale October 20, 2005 - 7:03 AM PDT
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For any of us old-timers who remember the ground-breaking British review "Beyond the Fringe," and the four funny fellows who created it (Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore), NOT ONLY BUT ALWAYS--made for British television in 2004--should be an eye-opening remembrance of (good) things past. Based partly on Cook's biography, and wonderfully written/directed by Terry Johnson, this is one of those warts-and-all movie bios, accomplished with biting sarcasm, lots of wit and elliptical scenes that move back and forth in time, slowly progressing onwards and downwards.

Framed by the ghostly duo of Cook and Moore watching their lives unspool on a movie screen, the movie immediately tosses you into the midst of things and thus takes some getting used to. Stick with it, for the rewards are great. Rhys Ifans (Cook) gets better with each new role--this rich one is his best--and relative newcomer Aidan McArdle ("Ella Enchanted") makes a terrific Moore. The ending, which I take to be an "if only" fantasy, is witty, understated, typically British and--given all that's gone before--supremely moving.




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