Director: Dustin Hoffman
Writer(s): Ronald Hardwood
Cast: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly
Awards: Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress Maggie Smith
Running Time: 97 minutes
Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House’s gala concert?
“Quartet shows us how art illuminates our lives, and shows us artists and performers who can still, after all these years, do some illuminating.”-Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer