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.
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.