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Rated PG-13 · 98 minutes · 2013

Comedy drama
The premise may sound insufferable, but this light comedy about a nursing home for retired classical musicians isn't half-bad. Ronald Harwood's script (adapted from his own play) may wring cheap laughs from seniors talking about sex and cheap sentiment from the characters belatedly learning to forgive and forget, but it keeps the mawkishness to a minimum and contains genuine insights about the lives of performers. As you might expect, the seasoned British players imbue the hackneyed material with more gravitas than it deserves, particularly Tom Courtenay as a sweet-tempered former singer, Maggie Smith as his estranged ex-wife, and Billy Connolly as his lifelong friend. Dustin Hoffman directed, ably and anonymously.
Director: Dustin Hoffman
Producer: Finola Dwyer, Stewart Mackinnon, Jamie Laurenson, Dario Suter, Christoph Daniel, Marc Schmidheiny, Dickon Stainer, Xavier Marchand and Dustin Hoffman
Cast: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Sheridan Smith, Andrew Sachs, Gwyneth Jones, Trevor Peacock, David Ryall, Michael Byrne, Ronnie Fox, Patricia Loveland, Eline Powell and Luke Newberry

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