Me and Orson Welles

Me and Orson Welles

Me and Orson Welles

In Richard Linklater's (Dazed and Confused, A Scanner Darkly) drama, High School Musical's Zac Efron stars as young actor, Richard, who dreams of stardom in 1930s New York.

Richard Samuels lucks his way into a minor role in the legendary 1937 Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar, directed by a youthful Orson Welles (played by newcomer Christian McKay.) Over the course of a week, Richard makes his Broadway debut, finds romance with an ambitious older woman, and experiences the dark side of genius after daring to cross the imperious, brilliant Welles.

2008114 minsUK
Drama
Director:
Richard Linklater ('A Scanner Darkly', 'Fast Food Nation', 'School of Rock', 'Dazed and Confused', 'Slacker')
Writer:
Holly Gent PalmoVincent Palmo Jr.
Cast:
Zac EfronChristian McKayClaire DanesBen ChaplinEddie MarsanZoe Kazan

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Me and Orson Welles / Reviews

Variety

Variety

There are moments, especially when Welles is alternating between acting as Brutus and directing everyone else, that it’s possible to forget you’re watching an actor and really believe you’re beholding Orson Welles at work.

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TVNZ

TVNZ

Combined with a sweet central romance between Efron's character and Claire Danes' manager, Me And Orson Welles is an unexpected treat, well worth two hours of your time.

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The Times

The Times

In the end, the film fails as a character portrait, a drama or a snapshot of an era, while simultaneously offering tantalising hints of each.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Art is a fairy tale we choose to believe in, and this movie, a fiction confected about real people, is too good not to be true.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The impersonation of Welles by Christian McKay in Me and Orson Welles is the centerpiece of the film, and from it, all else flows. We can almost accept that this is the Great Man.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Small and perfectly formed

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Christian McKay's impersonation of young Orson Welles is sensational in this enjoyable, though slight, historical fiction about a teen who spends a memorable week with the legendary wonder.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A really satisfying backstage drama, this is an exhilarating tour around a man whose talent was almost as big as his ego.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

New York, November 1937. George Gershwin has recently died, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart are the toast of Broadway and teenager Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) is determined to get his own slice of theatrical fame.

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