"Thank you very much for dinner, Peter. I enjoyed watching it."
- Carol (Rita Rudner) to Peter (Stephen Fry)
"Do you have any Equal'"--Carol to Peter "I'm sorry...I'm famous for having no equal."
"Fill me with your little fishes!"
- Maggie (Emma Thompson)
USA Today - 12/24/1992
"...[This] group-therapy-as-comedy fling more than lives up to its billing as ''The British BIG CHILL', down to the oldies soundtrack..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
New York Times - 12/25/1992
"...Cheerfully derivative....Branagh has a lot to work with..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/25/1992
"...It shows a sure feel for the material, and a stage actor's cheerful willingness to go with scenes that work..."
Ultimate DVD - 05/01/2008 5 stars out of 5 -- "PETER'S FRIENDS is a beautifully scripted blend of heartfelt sentiment and humour in the face of tragedy. An exemplary character study, expertly performed."
After his father's death, the grieving Peter (Stephen Fry) invites a group of college friends, who have been separated for 10 years, to a New Year's Eve reunion at his English countryside estate. In scenes by turns funny and sad, they talk over old times, reassess their life choices, and finally come together to help each other through an unexpected crisis. Kenneth Branagh's ensemble comedy is punctuated by a classic rock soundtrack that recalls the chums' university days. A witty, heartwarming film, PETER'S FRIENDS includes fine performances by Branagh, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, and Rita Rudner.
A group of friends gather for a 10-year reunion at Peter's newly inherited mansion. From sorrow to sex, marriage problems to career successes, Peter and his friends spend a fun yet emotional weekend reassessing their lives.
Actress Rita Rudner cowrote PETER'S FRIENDS with her husband, Martin Bergman.
Stephen Fry has written numerous books, including an autobiography, MOAB IS A WASHPOT.
Phyllida Law, who appears in the film as a housekeeper, is Emma Thompson's mother.