1994 Certificate: 15


Internal Affairs director Mike Figgis updates Terence Rattigan's celebrated play with a bold attitude and a, let's say, earthier use of language. Albert Finney delivers a towering performance as the unpopular middle-aged classics teacher coming to terms with the failure of both his marriage (to nasty Greta Scacchi) and his career when he's put out to grass before retirement.


  • Mike Figgis


  • Albert Finney

  • Greta Scacchi

  • Michael Gambon

  • Matthew Modine

  • Julian Sands


The classic play is updated to the modern era - ie with four-letter words. Ronald Harwood's approach may not please purists, but it's a solid adaptation of Rattigan's affecting tale of an unpopular public school teacher (Albert Finney) who finds himself being put out to grass.

Finney gives a towering portrayal of a wasted life and Greta Scacchi makes a tasty meal of his faithless, bitchy wife. There's also good work from Matthew Modine and one-time Bond girl Maryam D'Abo, and the photography is a class above.