DirectorMichael Winterbottom Story byLaurence Sterne CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date17 July 2005 (2005-07-17) (Cambridge Film Festival)
20 January 2006 (2006-01-20) (United Kingdom) Based onThe Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
by Laurence Sterne WriterLaurence Sterne (novel), Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay) Adapted fromThe Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman CastSteve Coogan (Tristram Shandy / Walter Shandy / himself), Rob Brydon (Capt. Toby Shandy / himself), Keeley Hawes (Elizabeth Shandy / herself), Shirley Henderson (Susannah / herself), Raymond Waring (Trim), Conal Murphy (Tristam Shandy, 6 years) Similar movies2012, As Good as It Gets, Becoming Jane, Romancing the Stone, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Finding Neverland
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A Cock and Bull Story (marketed in Australia, New Zealand and the United States as Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) is a 2005 British comedy film directed by Michael Winterbottom. It is a film-within-a-film, featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing themselves as egotistical actors during the making of a screen adaptation of Laurence Sterne's 18th century metafictional novel Tristram Shandy. Gillian Anderson and Keeley Hawes also play themselves in addition to their Tristram Shandy roles. Since the book is about a man attempting but failing to write his autobiography, the film takes the form of being about failing to make the film.
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The film depicts Steve Coogan playing himself as an arrogant actor with low self-esteem and a complicated love life. Coogan is playing the eponymous role in an adaptation of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman being filmed at a stately home. He constantly spars with actor Rob Brydon, who is playing Uncle Toby and believes his role to be of equal importance to Coogan's, calling himself the "co-lead".
The film incorporates several sequences from Tristram Shandy. Not all of these are part of the film-within-the-film. The latter are limited to the story of Tristram's conception, birth and christening; Uncle Toby's experiences at the Battle of Namur and Tristram's sudden and accidental circumcision at the age of three. Uncle Toby's wooing of Widow Wadman (Gillian Anderson) takes place in a sequence dreamed by Steve Coogan and after the cast and crew have viewed the "completed" film ending, with Walter Shandy fainting at the sight of his wife giving birth, the question "How does the book end?" is followed by the concluding scene of the novel, in which Yorick says "It is a story about a Cock and a Bull – and the best of its kind that ever I heard!". Yorick is not in the film-within-the-film; in this scene he is played by Stephen Fry, who appears elsewhere in the film as Patrick, a caricatured version of the actual curator at Shandy Hall. The DVD extras include a scene of Fry talking with the curator he portrays.
Steve Coogan as Tristram Shandy / Walter Shandy / Steve Coogan
Rob Brydon as Captain Toby Shandy / Rob Brydon
Raymond Waring as Corporal Trim / Raymond Waring
Keeley Hawes as Elizabeth Shandy / Keeley Hawes
Shirley Henderson as Susannah / Shirley Henderson
Gillian Anderson as Widow Wadman / Gillian Anderson
Dylan Moran as Dr. Slop / Dylan Moran
David Walliams as Curate
Stephen Fry as Parson Yorick / Patrick Curator / Stephen Fry
Jeremy Northam as Mark (director)
Ian Hart as Joe (writer)
James Fleet as Simon (producer)
Naomie Harris as Jennie
Kelly Macdonald as Jenny
Mark Williams as Ingoldsby
Greg Wise as Greg
Roger Allam as Adrian
Ashley Jensen as Lindsey
Ronni Ancona as Anita
Kieran O'Brien as Gary
Anthony H. Wilson as TV interviewer
The film's soundtrack is notable for featuring numerous excerpts from Nino Rota's score for the Federico Fellini film 8½, itself a self-reflexive work about the making of a film. Other non-diegetic musical references are made to Amarcord, The Draughtsman's Contract, Smiles of a Summer Night, Fanny and Alexander and Barry Lyndon. Michael Nyman, composer of The Draughtsman's Contract provides a new arrangement of the Handel Sarabande featured in the latter film, while the tracks of The Draughtsman's Contract (the original soundtrack recordings, the score has been re-recorded numerous times) serve as a temp track to film of the Sterne material.
The film was recorded at a number of locations in England:
Blickling Hall, Norfolk
Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
Gunthorpe Hall, Norfolk
Heydon Hall, Norfolk
Deene Park, Northamptonshire
Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire
Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire
Shandy Hall, North Yorkshire - Which was Laurence Sterne's home where part of Tristram Shandy was written.
Quenby Hall, Leicestershire
The film has received very positive reviews. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 90% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 121 reviews.
A Cock and Bull Story was released on both Region 1 and Region 2 DVD in July 2006.
The fictionalised versions of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon seen in the film reappear as the central characters in Michael Winterbottom's 2010 BBC series The Trip.
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