- 1 hr 34 min
Quartet is a 2012 British comedy-drama movie directed by Dustin Hoffman. The movie is an adaptation of the stage play by Ronald Harwood. The story follows the lives of four retired opera singers, who reunite in a retirement home for musicians in the English countryside. The protagonist, Jean Horton, played by Maggie Smith, is a former opera singer who is highly respected in the industry. The movie opens with her arrival at the retirement home. She is greeted by the staff and her ex-husband, Reginald "Reggie" Paget, played by Tom Courtenay, who is also a retired musician. Jean and Reggie were once part of a famous quartet along with Wilf Bond, played by Billy Connolly, and Cissy Robson, played by Pauline Collins.
In the retirement home, the residents are preparing for the annual concert in honor of Verdi's birthday. This year's concert is going to be special as it is going to be the quartet's reunion performance. However, before the quartet can perform, they need to sort out their differences and resolve the personal issues that have been lingering for years.
Jean's arrival creates tension between her and Reggie, who has never forgiven her for a past mistake. Wilf and Cissy, on the other hand, are thrilled to see Jean and are looking forward to singing with her once again. As they prepare for the concert, they reminisce about their past and relive their glory days as singers. During the preparations, Jean's health is called to question, worrying her colleagues about whether she will be able to perform.
As the residents prepare for the concert, a subplot emerges as the retirement home faces financial troubles. The council that runs the facility threatens to shut it down unless the residents can raise enough money to keep it open. This leads to a series of events that causes the residents to come together and put on a fantastic show, showcasing their talents and raising the necessary funds to keep the retirement home open.
Throughout the movie, the quartet's relationship and their love of music are put to the test. They must overcome their differences and personal issues to deliver the performance of a lifetime. As the resident's struggle to keep their home from being shut down, they learn the value of true friendship and the power of music to bring people together.
Overall, Quartet is a heartwarming and charming movie that tugs at the heartstrings. The film boasts strong performances from its cast, particularly Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly. The movie's theme of aging and the importance of friendship and companionship in later life resonates with audiences of all ages. The movie's soundtrack, which includes some classic opera pieces, is noteworthy and adds to the film's appeal.
In conclusion, Quartet is a must-see movie for anyone who appreciates great acting, classical music, and heartwarming stories. It is a movie that will make you laugh, cry, and leave you with a smile on your face. A movie that showcases the talents of some of the best actors and musicians in the entertainment industry.
Quartet is a 2012 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 64.