Jonathan Pryce (born June 1, 1947) is a Welsh film, television, and stage actor who has starred in such Hollywood films include Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tomorrow Never Dies, Evita, and The New World.
Pryce was born John Price in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales to Margaret Ellen (Williams), a retail cashier and shopkeeper, and Isaac Price, a coal miner who also ran a small general grocery shop. He was educated at Holywell Grammar School, Flints School of Art and Edge Hill College. In 1974, he married actress Kate Fahy and they have three children.
Pryce worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Everyman Theatre Liverpool during the 1970s. He appeared at the concert to launch the National Assembly for Wales, reciting poetry by Dafydd ap Gwilym. In 1980, his performance in the title role of Hamlet at the Royal Court Theatre was acclaimed by some critics as the definitive Hamlet of his generation. He received an Olivier Award for the role which included a guttural rendition of...
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is a 2006 adventure film of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the sequel to the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The film was directed by Gore Verbinski, written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) discovers his debt to the villainous Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) is due, while Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) are arrested by Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) for helping Jack Sparrow escape execution.
The film was shot back-to-back with the third film during 2005, and was released in Australia and the United Kingdom on July 6, 2006, and in the United States and Canada on July 7, 2006. The film received mixed reviews, with praise for its special effects and criticism for its complex story and lengthy running time. Despite this, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest set several records in its first three days...,
The Brothers Grimm is a 2005 feature film directed by Terry Gilliam.
This film was supposed to be released in November 2004 in theaters, but it was delayed, with the new release date being August 26, 2005. The film was in the competition at the Venice Film Festival 2005.
Tagline:Eliminating Evil Since 1812.The film starts at the end of the 18th century and begins with a scene of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm as children. Their sister is dying and Jacob has been sent to sell the cow in order to have money for a doctor. However, when Jacob returns, he innocently explains that he has traded the cow for "magic" beans. Will is furious with Jacob, and it is implied that their sister died as a result of his mistake.
The story jumps ahead fifteen years (into the early 19th century) with Will and Jake riding into a town in "French occupied Germany," to rid the town of a witch's ghost. However, after killing the "ghost," it is revealed that the Brothers Grimm are actually con artists, setting up...,
De-Lovely is a 2004 film that chronicles the life of songwriter Cole Porter. Directed by Irwin Winkler, the film stars Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd.
The film is staged as the rehearsal for a musical telling the famous composer's life and takes place on a musical stage as well as in several locations of his life; it focuses especially on Porter's love life and his bisexuality yet controversially suggests that the real love of his life was his wife.
The title is taken from that of one of Cole Porter's songs.
Porter's songs are performed by such artists as Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Robbie Williams, and Elvis Costello (see track listing below.)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 adventure film, inspired by the ride at Disney theme parks. The story follows Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) as they rescue Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) from her kidnapping by the cursed crew of the Black Pearl, captained by Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).
The film was directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and became the first Walt Disney Pictures release to earn a PG-13 rating by the MPAA (all previous WDP releases were rated G or PG). The world premiere was held at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, on June 28, 2003. The Curse of the Black Pearl grossed almost $654 million worldwide, becoming the 24th highest grossing film in the United States. Two back-to-back sequels, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End , were released.
As Governor Weatherby Swann and his young daughter, Elizabeth, sail to Port Royal, Jamaica, their ship, HMS Dauntless...,
What a Girl Wants is a 2003 film starring Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston and Oliver James. It is directed by Dennie Gordon.
The film is a remake of the 1958 film, The Reluctant Debutante which had a screenplay by William Douglas-Home, based on his play of the same name.
Daphne Reynolds (Bynes) has what every girl wants--or so it seems. This young American girl has a unique style
all her own, an unconventional but loving relationship with her Bohemian mother Libby and a future full of possibilities. But despite her remarkable promise, Daphne feels incomplete.
She dreams of one day meeting the father she’s never known, the man Libby loved deeply seventeen years ago, but ultimately left behind because his aristocratic family found her unsuitable. Determined to live out her fantasy of forging a storybook relationship with her long-absent dad, Daphne, on an impulse, gets a flight to London, where she quickly discovers that her father is a high profile politician Lord Henry...,
Unconditional Love is the title of a sleeper comedic film released in 2002. The film follows Grace Beasley who in the face of her failing marriage, and the death of her favorite pop star, learns the value and limitations of unconditional love, and the evils of sexism and homophobia. The film was directed by P.J. Hogan who also contributed to the final script.
Grace Beasley has been content to live an unseen life as an upper-middle class housewife living in an apartment high above the city of Chicago with her husband, a successful lawyer named Max. As the film begins, Grace awakens to cook her husband breakfast and watch a television morning show on which her favorite singer, Victor Fox, is being interviewed. Fox's easy listening music about old-fashioned romantic love has made him the idol of millions of middle-aged women across the globe, and when he announces a special Christmas Chicago concert, Grace quickly dials the television station and becomes one of the first five callers...
Stigmata is a controversial film directed by Rupert Wainwright that premiered on September 10, 1999. It follows the conflict between Frankie, an atheist Pittsburgh hairdresser played by Patricia Arquette who exhibits true stigmata and Father Andrew Kiernan (played by Gabriel Byrne), a former scientist and ordained Jesuit priest who, as part of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, investigates miracles for the Vatican. Kiernan soon discovers that the stigmata stems from the spirit of Father Paul Alameida; a deeply religious priest who was ex-communicated from the Catholic Church for his discovery of a lost Gospel undermining the very foundations of Catholicism. The movie is loosely based on the discovery of the Gospel of Thomas; a document which the Vatican and most other Christians have declared as being the product of a heretical Gnostic group.
Stigmata premiered at the box office in the number one position, earning $18.3 million in its first weekend. All in all, in the...,
Released in 1998, Ronin is an action/thriller that tells the story of a group of former intelligence agents who team up to steal a mysterious metal case. Starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, and Skipp Sudduth, with Jonathan Pryce, Katarina Witt, and Michael Lonsdale in supporting roles.
The movie was written by J.D. Zeik and David Mamet, and directed by John Frankenheimer. Mamet is credited as "Richard Weisz", reportedly due to disappointment at having to share credit with Zeik (the originating writer). According to some production sources (notably Zeik's lawyer), Mamet's contributions were "minor", limited to adding the character Deirdre and most of De Niro's scenes. According to Frankenheimer , "The credits should read: Story by J.D. Zeik, screenplay by David Mamet. We didn't shoot a line of Zeik's script." The title is derived from the Japanese term ronin, used for samurai who had no master; some of the characters in the movie...,
Tomorrow Never Dies is a 1997 spy film. It is the 18th film in the James Bond series, and the second to star Pierce Brosnan as MI6 agent James Bond. Bruce Feirstein is credited as writing the screenplay, although it received input from several writers, and it was directed by Roger Spottiswoode. It follows Bond as he tries to stop a media mogul from engineering world events and starting World War III.The film was produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and was the first Bond film made after the death of veteran producer Albert R. Broccoli. After GoldenEye had reinvigorated the series, there was pressure on its follow-up to be equally successful. This pressure caused tension and there were reports of creative disputes on set; official sources denied that this occurred. Although not achieving the same level of success as GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies performed well in the box office and received many positive reviews; this drop in performance is usually...,
Evita is the Oscar-winning film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical based on the life of Eva Perón. Directed by Alan Parker and starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce, it was released on December 25, 1996 and grossed $50,047,179 in the U.S. box office and $143 million worldwide.
The film received a warm reception from many critics. It was nominated for five Academy Awards and won the award for "Best Song" for "You Must Love Me". Evita also had five Golden Globe nominations and three wins (Best Picture - Comedy or Musical; Best Original Song, "You Must Love Me"; and Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, Madonna) and was one of the National Board of Review's Top Ten Films of the Year.
Following the success of the film, the government of Argentina released its own film biography of Peron, entitled "Eva Perón," to correct alleged distortions in the Lloyd Webber account. Evita traces the life of Eva Duarte (later Perón) from a child from the lower class to...,
Carrington is a film made in 1995 about the life of the English artist Dora Carrington, who was known simply as Carrington.
The film, starring Emma Thompson in the title role, focuses on her unusual relationship with the author Lytton Strachey, played by Jonathan Pryce, as well as with other members of the Bloomsbury Group.
Barbarians at the Gate is a made-for-TV movie based upon the book by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, about the leveraged buyout (LBO) of RJR Nabisco.
The film was directed by Glenn Jordan and stars James Garner as F. Ross Johnson, the CEO of R.J.R. Nabisco with plans to buy out the rest of the Nabisco shareholders. One of the reasons Johnson is trying to buy the company is due to the likely market failure of the company's smokeless cigarette called Premier.
The opposition to Johnson's bid for the company is one of the pioneers of the leveraged buyout, Henry Kravis (who is played by Jonathan Pryce), and his cousin George R. Roberts. Kravis was the first person Johnson talked to about doing the LBO, and feels betrayed after learning that Johnson wants to do the deal with another firm, American Express' former Shearson Lehman Hutton division. Ted Forstmann and his Forstmann Little buyout firm also played a prominent role.
After Kravis and Johnson are unable to reconcile their differences...
Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 independent film, based on the acclaimed 1984 Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning play of the same name by David Mamet, who adapted it into a screenplay for the film. The title refers to Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms, two properties mentioned in the movie.
The film, like the play, is notorious for its use of profanity. The word "fuck" is used in the script a total of 138 times during the 100 minute long movie and the word "shit" is used 50 times, leading the cast to jokingly refer to the film as "Death of a Fucking Salesman," according to Ed Harris while being interviewed on Inside the Actors Studio.
Al Pacino was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film.
The film shows parts of two days in the lives of four real estate agents (Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris and Alan Arkin). Richard Roma (Al Pacino) is a slick, highly successful, fast-talking salesman who excels at selling undesirable real estate; the...,
The Rachel Papers is a 1989 British film based on a novel by Martin Amis. It stars Dexter Fletcher and Ione Skye as the two main characters, and a number of famous names in supporting roles (including Jonathan Pryce, Bill Paterson, James Spader, Jared Harris and Claire Skinner, as well as a cameo appearance by the legendary Michael Gambon).
With the original novel having described both emotional and physical experiences told from a narrative point of view, Dexter Fletcher conveys this stance by performing occasional "asides" to the audience and often "monologuing" to the camera in a style similar to the posture adopted by Matthew Broderick in the American film Ferris Bueller's Day Off from 1986. This has often led to critics citing this film as the UK's answer to that one, although aside from the monologuing, the two films are otherwise largely unalike in terms of plot and characters.
Nineteen year old Charles (Fletcher) is a highly sexed-up and precociously intelligent teenager about...,
Haunted Honeymoon is a 1986 comedy movie which stars Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom Deluise, and Jonathan Pryce. Wilder also served as the film's writer and director. This is also known as the last production Gilda Radner starred in before she died of ovarian cancer.
Larry Abbot (Wilder) and Vickie Pearle (Radner) are radio stars in the Manhattan Mystery Theater who decide to get married. Larry has been plagued with on-air panic attacks and speech impediments lately since he proposed to Vickie. Vickie thinks it's just pre-wedding jitters, but his affliction could get them both fired. Larry's uncle, Dr. Paul Abbot, decides that Larry needs to be cured of his neurotic speech defect and exaggerated panic attacks. Paul decides to treat him with a form of shock therapy to "scare him to death" in much the same way someone might try to startle someone out of hiccups. Larry chooses the castle-like mansion located in rural upstate New York in which he grew up as the site for their wedding....,
Brazil (first released on February 20, 1985, in France) is a dystopic black comedy feature film directed by Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. It was written by Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. It stars Jonathan Pryce, and features Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond, Bob Hoskins, and Ian Holm. Co-writer McKeown also has a small role.
The film evokes the melancholy, dreamlike quality of its theme song, an English translation of a 1939 Brazilian song, "Aquarela do Brasil". Gilliam was inspired by this song to create the fictional totalitarian government and the overall dystopian mood of the film.
Jack Mathews, movie critic and author of The Battle of Brazil (1987), characterized the film as "satirizing the bureaucratic, largely dysfunctional industrial world that had been driving [Gilliam] crazy all his life."Brazil's totalitarian governmental bureaucracy is analogous to Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Brazil (which takes place ...,
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a 1983 movie based on the Ray Bradbury novel, starring Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce. Directed by Jack Clayton for Walt Disney Pictures, from a screenplay written by Bradbury himself, the movie suffered from offscreen conflicts of vision. Although the 1980s Disney company was trying to grow beyond "kiddie fare" and make more complex and mature PG-rated movies, they struggled against the creepy and sometimes gruesome nature of the chosen story.
Bradbury recommended Clayton to be the director, having known him since they both worked on the movie Moby Dick in 1953-1954, and again on an unproduced adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes at Paramount in 1977. But the two became estranged when Clayton had writer John Mortimer do an uncredited revision of Bradbury's screenplay.After a bad preview showing of the film, Bradbury wrote narration and a new ending, and Disney spent an additional US$5 million on refilming, re-editing, and rescoring the...,
Jonathan Pryce was born