Quartet

Quartet ~ staring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Sheridan Smith

Lifelong friends Wilf and Reggie, together with former colleague Cissy, are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year on Giuseppe Verdi's birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton, a former grande dame of the opera fallen on hard times, also Reggie's ex-wife, moves into the home to everyone's surprise, the plans for this year's concert start to unravel.

As old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with the rehearsal schedule, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest singers in English operatic history under one roof offers no guarantee that the show will go on.

We will meet at 2:45 pm. The movie starts at 3:15 pm. Don't forget to purchase your ticket when you arrive. We will wait in the outer lobby for about 10 minutes and then go in as a group. If you are late, just find a seat and meet us outside the theater after the movie.

After the movie we will gather at a nearby restaurant for some conversation and a bite to eat.

A $2.00 annual contribution will be collected at the first movie you attend in 2013 to help with the cost of maintaining the web site for this year.

See you at the movies!

Joan

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  • Sharon

    Sorry that I couldn't stay for dinner yesterday and would like to do so at another time. It was refreshing to have a movie that was character driven. I was primarily touched by the quality of the friends' interactions and the importance of good friends. Additionally the film underscored the need to maintain interests that continue to make life more meaningful.

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Mark D.

    I liked it a lot. I had already figured it would be a pleasant comedy of quirky aging characters with a predictable feel-good ending. The theme would be that even as we age, youthful genius remains alive within (or something like that). Most of those expectations were fulfilled. But it was a little more subtle than that and the dramatic aspects more poignant. I actually liked that it was slow and didn't skip around from highlight to highlight. My thought was that several scenes that would typically appear in the ‘deleted scenes’ section of a DVD were left in the movie to make the characters more complete. It then shapes up as an understated drama with artful touches of humor that were not always dependent on stereotypes of aging. The ending, too, was not about ‘putting on the show’ or ‘saving the home,’ but about restoring meaningful relationships. So that was a pleasant surprise.

    March 11, 2013

  • Linda C.

    Good movie; a little slow tho! Enjoyed meeting everyone!

    March 11, 2013

  • Sidney

    A beautiful movie--I'm so glad I was able to see it before I had to be elsewhere by 5:45. Thanks for organizing it Joan!

    March 10, 2013

  • Robin

    Loved this movie! Definitely made me laugh and cry! Good seeing all of you again. It's been a while!

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    wonderful . . . I cried and laughed and sighed . . . great combo!

    March 10, 2013

  • Maureen

    Slow, but funny at points...

    March 10, 2013

  • Sonia

    I hope you are feeling better Joan

    March 6, 2013

    • Joan

      Thank Sonia. Sorry you missed this one.

      March 10, 2013

  • Joan

    Nice movie. A little slow but very sweet. Nice to see so many new people. Welcome.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I couldn't make it. It would have been my first meet-up with your group. But I woke up feeling as if I was getting a cold. Needed to stay in. Hope to meet everyone another time.

    March 10, 2013

  • Lucia

    I will not be attending - family issue came up - but I will miss all of yu - enjoy!!! Next time for sure!

    March 10, 2013

  • Sonia

    I am very sorry I have to cancel. My car decided to he wanted to spend all my monies at the mechanics. His spa day cost me dearly!!!
    Have fun everyone. I'll see you at the next event.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I LOVE British movies!

    March 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've got something else at noon, so not sure I'll make it on time. . . I'll try.

      March 9, 2013

  • Rita

    Looking forward to meeting new friends, seeing a good movie

    March 9, 2013

  • Nancy D.

    I'm really a maybe but hope to make it...you know I'm usually early so don't wait for me if you don't see me!

    March 9, 2013

  • Mark D.

    Going to try even though it's a squeeze that day. C'ya

    March 8, 2013

  • Lucia

    Enjoyed this last time ! Why not?! Looking forward to it !

    March 6, 2013

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