The Dresser is a 1983 British drama film directed by Peter Yates and adapted by Ronald Harwood from his 1980 play The Dresser. It tells the story of an aging actor's personal assistant struggling to keep his employer's life together. The film stars Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Zena Walker, Eileen Atkins, Michael Gough, and Edward Fox.
The plot is based on Harwood's experiences as dresser to English Shakespearean actor-manager Sir Donald Wolfit, who is the model for the character "Sir".
|award||National Board of Review: Top Ten Films|
|keywords||act air raid bradford curtain call dedicate donald wolfit dresser dressing room effeminate man even fade fall king lear lose open othello piece hall railway station read remember serve shakespearean actor sir donald wolfit stage manager town square wait wander world war ii write york|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay|
|publisher||Columbia Pictures EMI Warner Bros.|