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266 Ratings

Prick Up Your Ears

Directed by Stephen Frears
United Kingdom, 1987
Biography, Drama, Comedy


This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while the two begin a relationship, it’s fairly obvious that it’s not all about sex.

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Prick Up Your Ears Directed by Stephen Frears

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1987 | Winner: Best Artistic Contribution

Independent Spirit Awards

1988 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

BAFTA Awards

1988 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor

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