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Stephen Frears
Born June 20, 1941 (age 78)
Stephen Arthur Frears (born 20 June 1941) is an English film director. Frears has directed British films since the 1980s including My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity, The Queen, Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Director for The Grifters and The Queen. In 2008 The Telegraph named him among the most influential people... full bio
Philomena
[2013]
 
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Movie | Biography, Drama | 1h 38min
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A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Florence Foster Jenkins
[2016]
 
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Movie | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 1h 51min
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The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Victoria & Abdul
[2017]
 
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Movie | Biography, Drama, History | 1h 51min
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Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
High Fidelity
[2000]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Music | 1h 53min
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Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.
The Queen
[2006]
 
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Movie | Biography, Drama | 1h 43min
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After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.
The Program
[2015]
 
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Movie | Biography, Drama, Sport | 1h 39min
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An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
Dirty Pretty Things
[2002]
 
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Movie | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1h 37min
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An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.
Tamara Drewe
[2010]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1h 47min
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A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.
Dangerous Liaisons
[1988]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance | 1h 59min
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A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.
Lay the Favorite
[2012]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1h 34min
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Ex-private dancer Beth aspires to be a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, when she falls in with Dink, a sports gambler. Sparks fly as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy--much to the ire of Dink's wife, Tulip.
Mrs Henderson Presents
[2005]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Music | 1h 43min
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Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues.
Chéri
[2009]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1h 26min
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The son of a courtesan retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman who educated him in the ways of love.
The Grifters
[1990]
 
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Movie | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1h 50min
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A small-time conman has torn loyalties between his estranged mother and new girlfriend--both of whom are high-stakes grifters with their own angles to play.
Hero
[1992]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1h 59min
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A not-so-nice man rescues passengers from a crashed airliner, only to see someone else take credit.
Mary Reilly
[1996]
 
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Movie | Drama, Horror, Romance | 1h 48min
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A housemaid falls in love with Dr. Jekyll and his darkly mysterious counterpart, Mr. Hyde.
My Beautiful Laundrette
[1985]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1h 37min
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An ambitious Asian Briton and his white lover strive for success and hope, when they open up a glamorous laundromat.
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
[2013]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 37min
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Ali's biggest match, his fight with the US government. A film about the politics and hubris surrounding the Vietnam War and the revenge exacted on America's greatest sportsman of the 20th century because he refused to fight in that war.
Fail Safe
[2000]
 
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TV Movie | Drama, Thriller | 1h 26min
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Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.
The Hi-Lo Country
[1998]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance, Western | 1h 54min
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An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West, post-World War II, in its twilight. Pete and Big Boy are masters of the prairie, but ultimately face trickier terrain: the human heart.
The Hit
[1984]
 
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Movie | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1h 38min
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Two hit men pick up ex-gangster Willie to escort him back to Paris to face his betrayed colleagues. The road trip suffers from complications.
The Van
[1996]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama | 1h 40min
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The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy', following 'The Commitments' and 'The Snapper', depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being fired from his job at the bakery, Bimbo and his best mate go into business for themselves and purchase a chipper (a fish and chips van); but will the pressures of financial success sour their friendship forever?
Prick Up Your Ears
[1987]
 
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Movie | Biography, Drama, Romance | 1h 45min
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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. Orton loves the dangers of bath-houses and liaisons in public restrooms; Halliwell, not as charming or attractive as Orton, doesn't fare... see more
Liam
[2000]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 30min
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A family falls into poverty during the Depression.
The Deal
[2003]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 30min
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Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown.
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid
[1987]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1h 40min
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Sammy and Rosie are an unconventional middle-class London married couple. They live in the midst of inner-city chaos, surround themselves with intellectual street people, and sleep with everybody - except each other! Things become interesting when Sammy's father, Raffi, who is a former Indian government minister, comes to London for a visit. Sammy, Rosie, and Raffi try to find meaning through their... see more
Gumshoe
[1971]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1h 28min
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Nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley fulfills his Dashiell Hammett love by putting an ad in the paper as a private eye.
Walter
[1982]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 10min
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A man with learning difficulties suffers neglect and ill-treatment, and this is only exasperated when his parents die and nobody seems to know what to do with him.
Three Men in a Boat
[1975]
 
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TV Movie | Comedy, Drama | 1h 4min
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One hot June day, three friends decide there is nothing they would like to do more than to get away from London. A boating holiday with lots of fresh air and exercise would be just the very thing, or so their doctors tell them. So, after debating the merits of hotel or camp beds and what to pack, they set off on their voyage - a trip up the Thames from Henley to Oxford - but very quickly find themselves... see more
Bloody Kids
[1980]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 31min
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The slender premise springs from the actions of two listless 11-year-old boys, the cold, manipulative Leo, and his weaker, more impressionable friend, Mike. Contemptuous of the fallible police force (Mike has already filched a police hat from an accident scene), the boys arrange a staged knife fight outside a football stadium with the aid of a bag of stage blood and a real blade.
Saigon: Year of the Cat
[1983]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 45min
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Two Westerners - Barbara, bank employee, and Bob, CIA analyst within the U.S. Embassy - meet a short time before the fall of Saigon.
Walter & June
[1983]
 
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TV Movie | Drama | 1h 3min
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The Burning
[1968]
 
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Short Movie | Drama, Short | 30min
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A white South African is shocked on a weekly visit to her sister's farm.
The Route V50
[2004]
 
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Short Movie
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A man looking for "confidence" finds himself stranded in a desert town populated by himself and a Volvo station wagon. This short film is the long form of a commercial made during a time when "story ads" were in vogue.
Skip Tracer
[2008]
 
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TV Movie | Drama
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A charming skip tracer finds missing people for his Los Angeles clients.
A Day Out
[1972]
 
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TV Movie | 49min
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A Day Out - Alan Bennett's debut play for television follows the members of a Halifax cycling club, on an outing from Halifax to the ruins of Fountains Abbey. Set in the summer of 1911 and projects an idyllic vision of Edwardian England .
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