Noises Off

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Noises Off (Touchstone Movie)

“Noises Off” is a comedy film released in 1992, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and based on the popular play of the same name by Michael Frayn. The film is a hilarious and chaotic farce that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the production of a fictional play called “Nothing On.”

The story revolves around a group of eccentric and inept actors who are rehearsing and performing a play while dealing with their own personal dramas and rivalries. As the film progresses, the audience gets to see the play “Nothing On” from three different perspectives: during its final rehearsal, backstage during a disastrous performance, and in front of a live audience.

The film boasts an ensemble cast of talented actors, including Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve, John Ritter, and Marilu Henner, who all deliver exceptional performances that contribute to the comedic chaos.

The humor in “Noises Off” comes from the mishaps and miscommunications that occur both on and off the stage, leading to a series of hilarious and absurd situations. The film’s clever writing and the brilliant timing of the actors create a non-stop barrage of laughs.

The backstage antics and physical comedy add to the film’s charm, and it remains true to the spirit of the original stage play, capturing the chaotic and frenetic energy of live theater.

As a comedy, “Noises Off” has been praised for its wit, comedic timing, and clever use of the play-within-a-play structure. It successfully translates the hilarity of the stage production to the big screen, allowing a wider audience to enjoy the madcap antics of the eccentric characters.

“Noises Off” is a fun and light-hearted film that will leave audiences laughing out loud. It is a delightful and entertaining look at the world of theater, filled with unforgettable characters and side-splitting moments that have made it a beloved classic in the realm of theatrical comedies.

Additional Details


  • Michael Caine: Lloyd Fellowes
  • Carol Burnett: Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clackett
  • Denholm Elliott: Selsdon Mowbray / The Burglar
  • John Ritter: Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain
  • Christopher Reeve: Frederick Dallas / Philip Brent
  • Nicollette Sheridan: Brooke Ashton / Vicki
  • Marilu Henner: Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent
  • Julie Hagerty: Poppy Taylor
  • Mark Linn-Baker: Tim Allgood


  • Director: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Producer: Frank Marshall
  • Screenplay: Marty Kaplan

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