Staircase (1969)

Director
Stanley Donen

Main cast
Richard Burton; Rex Harrison; Cathleen Nesbitt; Beatrix Lehmann; Stephen Lewis

Genres
Drama, Comedy

Description
The film is about an aging gay couple who own a barber shop in the East End of London. One of them is a part-time actor about to go on trial for propositioning a police officer. The action takes place over the course of one night as they discuss their loving but often volatile past together and possible future without each other.


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