The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is a high-drama comedy about temperamental divas and old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto, starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins as four retired opera singers. –TIFF
The emergence of Dustin Hoffman in 1967 heralded the arrival of a new era of Hollywood stardom. Diminutive, wiry and unassuming, he was anything but the usual matinee idol, yet he quickly distinguished himself among the most popular and celebrated screen performers of his generation. A notoriously difficult talent famous for his battles with directors as well as his total immersion in his performances, Hoffman further battled against stereotypes by accepting roles which cast him firmly as an antihero, often portraying troubled, even tragic figures rarely destined for a happy ending. By extension, he broke new ground for all actors — not only were stars no longer limited to heroic, larger-than-life characterizations, but in his wake virtually anyone, regardless of their seeming physical limitations, could attain success on the big screen.
Born August 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, Hoffman originally studied to become a doctor, but later focused his attentions on acting, performing regularly… read more
Manipulative, middle of the road dramedy shows us some actors don't really need to direct. This toothless entry attempts to strike 'Marigold' and falls with a real thud. Simply appalling waste of talent that often sits just this side of insulting. Smith fares best here and poor Tom Courtenay deserves so much better. In the end the film is simply fast food; a quick easy meal best soon forgotten. Harsh but deserving.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Dustin Hoffman
Writer: Ronald Harwood