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Dustin Hoffman Picks A Quartet
He's directin' here!

12 September 2011  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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Dustin Hoffman Picks A Quartet

Dustin Hoffman has brought his talents to the screen and stage for nearly five decades but, unlike many A-listers, he's bided his time before trying this hand on the other side of the camera. The biding*, however, is at an end. Hoffman gets the cameras rolling on Quartet, his debut feature, this week in Buckinghamshire.

The actor-turned-helmer has assembled a terrific cast of British acting talent - many of whose careers span those five same decades - including Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins.

Courtenay, Connolly and Collins play three ex-opera stars who live together in Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year they throw a party to celebrate the birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. This year, however, their plans are thrown into flux by the arrival of Jean Horton (Smith), a former grande dame of the opera who's run into hard times. Cue a resurfacing of historic grudges, a unsentimental look at ageing, and, we'd assume, a fair amount of warbling. Maggie Smith, for one, has a fair set of lungs on her, as anyone who's seen Oh! What A Lovely War will testify.

Ronald Harwood, an Oscar winner for his adaptation of The Pianist, has adapted his own stage play for the screen.

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Straight Time?
That was supposed to be Hoffman's debut, and he apparently did megaphone duties on it for few days before Ulu Grosbard took over (Hoffman withdrew as he was denied final cut by the studio). More

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