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 so well in those environs. While both long to become writers, it is Orton who achieves fame - his plays "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" and "Loot" become huge hits in London of the sixties, and he's even commissioned to write a screenplay for the Beatles. But Orton's success takes him farther from Halliwell, whose response ended both his life and the life of the up-and-coming playwright.
Alfred Molina....Kenneth Halliwell
Vanessa Redgrave....Peggy Ramsay
Wallace Shawn....John Lahr
Lindsay Duncan....Anthea Lahr
Julie Walters....Elsie Orton
James Grant....William Orton
Frances Barber....Leonie Orton
Janet Dale....Mrs Sugden
Dave Atkins....Mr Sugden
Margaret Tyzack....Madame Lambert
Eric Richard....Education Officer
William Job....RADA Chairman
Rosalind Knight....RADA Judge
Angus MacKay....RADA Judge
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