Laurel and 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 comedy behind them, they faced an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shined through, they reconnected with their adoring fans. The tour became a hit, but Stan and Ollie couldn’t quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, started to threaten their precious partnership. They became aware that they might be approaching their swan song and tried to rediscover just how much they meant to each other. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages. With Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly.
“Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly deliver dynamite performances that capture the expressions and physicality of the star comedians without ever descending into caricature.” — Jason Zinoman, New York Times
“Stan & Ollie has allowed viewers to understand what made their characters so great, and so beloved, in a film that magnanimously invites us into a world no less recognizable for being almost entirely erased.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“Coogan and Reilly perform the alchemist’s feat of turning lead into gold, finessing all the trademark details – Laurel’s puzzled head-scratching, Hardy’s flirtatious tie-flipping, the duo’s adorable dance moves – with skill and affection.” — Peter Howell, Toronto Star
Jon S. Baird
John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Nina Arianda, Stephanie Hyam
UK | USA | Canada
Entertainment One, BBC Films, Baby Cow Films, Fable Pictures, Laurel and Hardy Feature Productions, Sonesta Films