Rent Topsy-Turvy (1999)

3.6 of 5 from 148 ratings
2h 32min
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Synopsis:
"Topsy-Turvy" casts the spotlight upon the creative partnership of William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, responsible for such classic operettas as The Pirates of Penzance. After ten consecutive smash hits, Gilbert and Sullivan have a flop on their hands and begin to question the very process that has afforded them a decade of success. Sullivan (Allan Corduner) thinks Gilbert's story lines have become formulaic and a creative deadlock is reached. But when Gilbert (Jim Broadbent) visits a Japanese cultural exhibition he is struck with inspiration and the pair re-unite to create 'The Mikado', a huge hit.
Throughout 'Topsy-Turvy' are woven insights into the lives not only of the complex Gilbert, childlessly married to a demoted wife, and the bon-viveur, brothel-visiting Sullivan and his American mistress, but also the working actors, actresses, chorus, musicians and costumiers of the Savoy Theatre, and of D'Oyly carte and his team.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Simon Channing Williams
Writers:
Mike Leigh
Others:
Lindy Hemming, Christine Blundell, John Bush, Trefor Proud, Eve Stewart
Studio:
Pathe
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Drama, Music & Musicals, Performing Arts
Countries:
UK
Awards:

2000 BAFTA Make-Up And Hair

2000 Oscar Best Costume Design

2000 Oscar Best Makeup and Hairstyling

1999 Venice Film Festival Best Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
11/09/2000
Run Time:
152 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary By Mike Leigh
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/10/2020
Run Time:
160 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh
  • Video conversation between Leigh and musical director Gary Yershon from 2010
  • Leigh's 1992 short film 'A Sense of History', written by and starring actor Jim Broadbent
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurette from 1999 including interviews with Leigh and cast members
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots

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Reviews (2) of Topsy-Turvy

Lot of words for sure. - Topsy-Turvy review by NC

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22/04/2015

Jim Broadbent always the pro, bit like Spall. Did seem very long at times. Best not watch if sleepy. Not sure how accurate to facts, but suspect not far off the mark.

Film catches the era well, and an acteurs delight by the looks............

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Excellent - Topsy-Turvy review by PM

Spoiler Alert
20/09/2020

I'm not normally a fan of period drama, but this film excels in all departments. A witty and humurous script, acting to die for and really well composed camera work which constantly beckons the eye. It is a little on the long side but hey, when something is as well made as this, we shouldn't complain about getting too much! An added bonus is the Direcor's commentary available in special features

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