The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Director: Stephen Hopkins Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron, Emily Watson


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The often-troubled life of one of the greatest comic actors in the history of the British cinema provides the basis for this biopic. Peter Sellers (Geoffrey Rush) was raised by a domineering mother (Miriam Margolyes) and meek father (Peter Vaughan), and at an early age discovered he liked to hide behind the emotional curtain of playing a character. In time, Sellers put this skill to use as an actor, and discovered he had a great gift for comedy. In the late '50s, Sellers rose to fame on the wildly popular radio series The Goon Show alongside Spike Milligan (Edward Tudor Pole) and Harry Secombe (Steve Pemberton), but as his success on radio gave way to stardom on the big screen, Sellers' ego began to get the better of him. While working on a film with Sophia Loren (Sonia Aquino), Sellers fell in love with the great Italian beauty, and eventually left his wife Anne (Emily Watson) to pursue her; when it became clear that Loren wanted nothing to do with him, Sellers fell into an affair with her stand-in instead. Professionally, Sellers career hits a new high when he agrees to take a role in a picture being directed by American filmmaker Blake Edwards (John Lithgow) called The Pink Panther, and personally he finds a new love with the beautiful Britt Ekland (Charlize Theron). But Sellers' mood swings eventually put paid to their marriage, and while he finds commercial success as a funnyman onscreen, he achieves little in the way of happiness or respect. Produced for the American premium cable service HBO, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers was screened in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2012
UPC: 0883316491232
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Hbo Archives
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 54,984

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Geoffrey Rush Peter Sellers
Charlize Theron Britt Ekland
Emily Watson Anne Sellers
John Lithgow Blake Edwards
Miriam Margolyes Peg Sellers
Peter Vaughan Bill Sellers
Sonia Aquino Sophia Loren
Stanley Tucci Stanley Kubrick
Stephen Fry Maurice Woodruff
Henry Goodman Dennis Selinger
Alison Steadman Casting agent
Peter Gevisser Ted Levy
David Robb Dr. Lyle Wexler
Edward Tudor-Pole Spike Milligan
Steve Pemberton Harry Secombe
Nigel Havers David Niven
Mackenzie Crook Car salesman
George Cicco Michael Sellers (3 years)
James Bentley Michael Sellers (7-10 years)
Eliza Darby Sarah Sellers
Lance Ellington Singer,Ray Ellington
Lucy Punch Lead stewardess
Heidi Klum Ursula Andress

Technical Credits
Stephen Hopkins Director
Simon Bosanquet Producer
Freddy de Mann Executive Producer
Pilar Demann Art Director
Karen Elliott Musical Direction/Supervision
George Faber Executive Producer
Juanita Diana Feeney Associate Producer
Norman Garwood Production Designer
Nina Gold Casting
Maggie Gray Set Decoration/Design
Richard Hartley Score Composer
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Cliff Lanning Asst. Director
Peter Levy Cinematographer
Christopher Markus Screenwriter
Stephen McFeely Screenwriter
Charles Pattinson Executive Producer
Captive Audience Prods. Makeup Special Effects
John Ralph Art Director
Lucy Richardson Art Director
John Smith Editor
John Smith Editor
Jill Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer

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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up loving Peter Sellers, the goons and the movies. This movie left me feeling a little sick inside, I knew that he was a unhappy man at times but not this bad. Mr. Rush pulled off Seller's and his creations wonderfully but if I hadn't known a bit more about Peter Sellers than the average Joe - I would have been lost.