Prick Up Your Ears is a 1987 film about the playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell. The screenplay was written by Alan Bennett, based on the book by John Lahr. The film stars Gary Oldman as Orton, Alfred Molina as Halliwell, Wallace Shawn as Lahr and Vanessa Redgrave as Margaret "Peggy" Ramsay.
The film was directed by Stephen Frears.
Lahr's wife (Lindsay Duncan) appears periodically though the film as his research assistant. In a subtle touch, Ramsay consistently downplays her contributions to the project, drawing the parallel between their marriage of a successful writer and unknown wife and Orton and Halliwell's.
"Prick Up Your Ears" was to be the title of an unreleased play by Orton - the name, ironically, suggested by Halliwell who had provided much of Orton's titles throughout his successful years. In the title, the word "Ears" is an anagram of the word "Arse" making Prick Up Your Ears a rather blunt reference to the homosexual subject matter. It is also a phonetic play on the conjunction of "your" and "ears" to produce "rears", which also alludes to anal penetrative intercourse.
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