Name: Maggie Smith
Character: Jean Horton
Synopsis: Lifelong friends Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Reggie (Tom Courtenay), together with former colleague Cissy (Pauline Collins), are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers.
Every year on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home.
But when Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), a former grande dame of the opera fallen on hard times, also Reggie’s ex-wife and the fourth and most celebrated member of their former quartet, moves into the home to everyone’s surprise, the plans for this year’s concert start to unravel.
As old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with the rehearsal schedule, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest singers in English operatic history under one roof offers no guarantee that the show will go on.
Previous Golden Globe Wins: Maggie Smith has won two Golden Globes: Best actress for California Suite and Best Supporting Actor for A Room with a View.
Previous Golden Globe Nominations: She has also been nominated for Othello, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Gosford Park.
Critics: Maggie Smith is simply terrific as Jean, a woman who misses the past and yet is sorry for some of the decisions that she made.
In some scenes she comes over as quite hard and cold and in the hands of a lesser talented actress Jean really could have been a very hard character to like and root for. - FemaleFirst
- I smiled throughout this funny, stirring and uplifting film in which talents, egos and temperaments dance in time with the music - Urban Cinefile
- Quartet has a warmth and charm that'll likely make it a firm hit with the same crowd that turned out for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. - Digital Spy
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