Stan and Ollie

Stan & Ollie. Image shows from L to R: Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly), Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan).

Stan & Ollie

Biopic film following Laurel & Hardy on their 1953 UK tour

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Sitcomfan64

  • Tuesday 15th January 2019, 9:02pm
  • England
  • 475 posts

I cannot recommend this highly enough. Coogan and Reilly go beyond mere impersonation and bring real heart to Laurel and Hardy respectively. But what really sells it are the stage routines. I was in a packed cinema and it was like being in the theatre, huge guffaws all round all the way through, the timing is impeccable!

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beaky

  • Tuesday 15th January 2019, 9:51pm
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,469 posts

Looking forward to seeing it!

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 16th January 2019, 11:58am
  • England
  • 15,197 posts

Me too, too.

They had Coogan and Reilly on The One Show last week and someone at the Beeb did a split screen of the two doing the dance routine to Dancing on at the Ball by The Avalon Boys next to L & H doing the original and it was amazing just how accurate they got it.

EVEN! Steve Coogan said that the guy in charge of setting that up even found the original back projection film that was used in the Laurel & Hardy "Way Out West".............................

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAmb4dVJAmU

My God, I will NEVER tire of watching those two - sheer genius.

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Rood Eye

  • Wednesday 16th January 2019, 12:41pm
  • England
  • 1,745 posts

Apparently, Stan never went ex-directory and remained in the public phone book until the end of his days, always happy to accept calls from total strangers who fancied a chat with him.

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Billy Bunter

  • Wednesday 16th January 2019, 4:46pm [Edited]
  • The Sussex Coast, England
  • 683 posts

Just seen, and thoroughly enjoyed, it at the Bognor Regis Picturedrome. Well worth the £3.50 admission price (was 1/9d in my day). Nice to see Worthing Lido make a guest appearance in the film too.

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Firkin

  • Thursday 17th January 2019, 3:47pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 489 posts

When we only had 3 channels, long school holidays and after school activities hadn't been invented yet, Laurel and Hardy films were manna from heaven. Can't wait to see this.

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Aaron

  • Thursday 28th February 2019, 11:20am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,217 posts

I thought it a splendid film. Coogan and Reilly became almost more Laurel and Hardy than Laurel and Hardy. A perfect, loving tribute and homage. Coogan's best performance bar none.

I highly recommend the film to anyone: you don't need to be a particular, specific fan of Laurel and Hardy or know their work inside out in order to love this film. Although the release date has yet to be confirmed, you can pre-order Stan & Ollie on DVD or Blu-ray already. Don't hesitate before doing so.

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Steve Sunshine

  • Thursday 28th February 2019, 5:24pm
  • Dagenham, England
  • 14,508 posts

Lovely movie, great performances from the leads
I liked the wives being a funny double act as well

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Will Cam

  • Saturday 2nd March 2019, 11:43pm
  • England
  • 7,844 posts

I saw this today. Absolutely fantastic film.

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Sunday 12th May 2019, 12:32pm [Edited]
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 3,973 posts

Couldn't agree more. Well I could if I wanted to.

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beaky

  • Sunday 12th May 2019, 12:53pm [Edited]
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,469 posts

Absolutely! Coogan and Riley at the top of their game, a lovely, funny and touching film.

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Rood Eye

  • Sunday 12th May 2019, 10:03pm
  • England
  • 1,745 posts

I'm a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy.

I'm also a huge fan of Steve Coogan.

I've just seen "Stan & Ollie" and, although I enjoyed it, I'm surprised at the rave reviews from other BCG members.

I'm not knocking it - not by any means - it's a decent film but I wouldn't go further than that.