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A Cock and Bull Story

17 Jul 2005

1 hr 34 min

Drama, Comedy

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Two actors, as their make up is applied, talk about the size of their parts. Then into the film: Laurence Sterne's unfilmable novel, Tristram Shandy, a fictive autobiography wherein the narrator, interrupted constantly, takes the entire story to be born. The film tracks between "Shandy" and behind the scenes. Size matters: parts, egos, shoes, noses. The lead's girlfriend, with their infant son, is up from London for the night, wanting sex; interruptions are constant. Scenes are shot, re-shot, and discarded. The purpose of the project is elusive. Fathers and sons; men and women; cocks and bulls. Life is amorphous, too full and too rich to be captured in one narrative.

Details

Status: Released
Country: USA
Language: English
Awards: 2 wins & 12 nominations.

Production

Andrew Eaton (Producer)

Production Companies

HBO Films
Prescience Film Fund

Acting

Steve Coogan (as Tristram Shandy · Walter Shandy · himself)
Rob Brydon (as Capt. Toby Shandy · himself)
Keeley Hawes (as Elizabeth Shandy · herself)
Shirley Henderson (as Susannah · herself)
Raymond Waring (as Trim)
Conal Murphy (as Tristam Shandy, 6 years)
Joe Williams (as Tristam Shandy, 9 years)
Paul Kynman (as Obadiah)
Mark Tandy (as London doctor)
Dylan Moran (as Dr Slop)
Mary Healey (as Midwife)
Jack Shepherd (as Surgeon)
David Walliams (as Parson)
Jeremy Northam (as Mark)
Benedict Wong (as Ed)
Naomie Harris (as Jennie)
Claire Keelan (as Make-up Assistant)
Kelly Macdonald (as Jenny)
Mark Hadfield (as Leo)
Elizabeth Berrington (as Debbie)
Jenny Ogilvie (as Sandy)
Tony Wilson (as TV Interviewer (as Anthony H. Wilson))
Justine Mitchell (as Tony's Director)
Kieran O'Brien (as Gary)
Roger Allam (as Adrian)
Ashley Jensen (as Lindsey)
James Fleet (as Simon)
Ian Hart (as Joe)
Ronni Ancona (as Anita)
Paul Rider (as Prop Guy)
Stephen Fry (as Patrick Curator · Parson Yorick)
Sara Stewart (as Joanna)
Gillian Anderson (as Widow Wadman)
Stephen Rodrick (as New York Times Reporter)
Stuart Wilson (as Sound Mixer)
Rosie Cavaliero (as Rachel)
Damon Caliendo (as Fire Dancer)
Andy Callaghan (as Playing Film Crew)
Richard Tree (as Redcoat Officer)

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