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Stan & Ollie (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Stan & Ollie pays tribute to a pair of beloved entertainers with an affectionate look behind the scenes -- and a moving look at the burdens and blessings of a creative bond.

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Laurel & Hardy, one of the world's great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can't quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy's past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver's failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.

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Cast

Steve Coogan
as Stan Laurel
John C. Reilly
as Oliver Hardy
Nina Arianda
as Ida Kitaeva Laurel
Shirley Henderson
as Lucille Hardy
Danny Huston
as Hal Roach
Rufus Jones
as Bernard Delfont
Susy Kane
as Cynthia Clark
Ella Kenion
as Holiday Camp Organizer
Harry Hepple
as Wally Brady
Bentley Kalu
as Elephant Wrangler
Sanjeev Kohli
as Manager of Glasgow Empire
Lucy Appleton
as Audience Member
Joseph Balderrama
as James Horne
Daniel Fearn
as Cab Driver
Julie Eagleton
as Irish Woman, Cork Harbour
Greg Canestrari
as Stan's Lawyer
Swaylee Loughnane
as Theatre Goer
Nick Owenford
as Studio Executive
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Critic Reviews for Stan & Ollie

All Critics (206) | Top Critics (44)

The film is more pleasant than edifying, which isn't necessarily a bad thing - it generates a warm sense of reverence for a bygone era of entertainment.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a lovely film if you love movies... There's also a great undercurrent of melancholy.

September 12, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a film made with an enormous amount of care and affection. And Coogan and O'Reilly don't just perform. They resurrect.

February 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[T]his one is worthwhile viewing, no matter how lightly it might tread.

January 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a modest film, but a very good one, and by the end I was quite moved by its valiant belief in decency and in the duo's eternal appeal.

January 26, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Stan & Ollie" has plenty to say about the things that bring us together, and the things that keep us together.

January 24, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stan & Ollie

½

The two actors (especially Coogan) are fantastic, embodying their characters so faithfully that it seems like they have been playing them together forever, and it is great to see how this film pays homage to those comedy legends with a balanced combination of slapstick and melancholy.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly do competent work bringing two old friends back to memory while re-enacting a couple of their more famous routines. This BBC production highlight is in its restraint, delivering a melancholy postcard, as it were, from the old team, and sort of a final farewell, wrapped in the fact that London proved their final performance together. One especially nice touch is in how the two clowns lean on their practised routines when not exactly on the stage or in front of a camera. Recommended.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

A touching and sweet story of two friends who through good times and bad times in their careers, really cared bout and loved each other. Coogan and Reilly light up the screen as Laurel and Hardy and you forget they are acting. Henderson and Arianda are also very good as their wives. A true treat for fans of the comedy duo! 01-29-2019

Christopher Oakley
Christopher Oakley

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