Cock & Bull Story
A Cock and Bull Story
Because everyone loves an accurate period piece.
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Stars: Mick O'Hara, Ciaran Morrison
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writer: Ciaran Morrison, Mick O'Hara
Language: English
Studio: BBC Films
Duration: 106
Rated: R
DVD Release: July 2006

Two actors, as their make up is applied, talk about the size of their parts. Then into the film: Laurence Sterne's unfilmable novel, Tristram Shandy, a fictive autobiography wherein the narrator, interrupted constantly, takes the entire story to be born. The film tracks between "Shandy" and behind the scenes. Size matters: parts, egos, shoes, noses. The lead's girlfriend, with their infant son, is up from London for the night, wanting sex; interruptions are constant. Scenes are shot, re-shot, and discarded. The purpose of the project is elusive. Fathers and sons; men and women; cocks and bulls. Life is amorphous, too full and too rich to be captured in one narrative.

Mick O'HaraPodge
Ciaran MorrisonRodge
Steve CooganTristram Shandy / Walter Shandy / Steve Coogan
Rob BrydonCapt. Toby Shandy / Rob Brydon
Keeley HawesElizabeth / Keeley Hawes
Shirley HendersonSusannah
Raymond WaringTrim
Conal MurphyYoung Tristram Shandy - Age 6
Joe WilliamsYoung Tristram Shandy - Age 9
Paul KynmanObadiah
Mark TandyLondon Doctor
Mary HealeyMidwife
Dylan MoranDr. Slop
Jack ShepherdSurgeon
David WalliamsParson
Jeremy NorthamMark
Benedict WongEd
Naomie HarrisJennie
Claire KeelanMake-Up Assistant
Kelly MacdonaldJenny
Mark HadfieldLeo
Elizabeth BerringtonDebbie
Mark WilliamsIngoldsby
Jenny OgilvieSandy
Tony WilsonTV Interviewer (as Anthony H. Wilson)
Justine MitchellTony's Director
Kieran O'BrienGary
Roger AllamAdrian
Ashley JensenLindsey
James FleetSimon
Ian HartJoe
Ronni AnconaAnita
Greg WiseGreg
Paul RiderProp Guy
Stephen FryPatrick Curator / Parson Yorick
Sara StewartJoanna
Gillian AndersonWidow Wadman
Stephen RodrickNew York Times Reporter
Stuart WilsonSound mixer
Rosie CavalieroRachel
Damon CaliendoFire Dancer
Andy CallaghanPlaying Film Crew
Richard TreeRedcoat Officer
Edward NogriaComposer
Marcel ZyskindCinematographer
Peter ChristelisEditor
Genre: Gay
Media: DVD
Sound: Dolby Digital
IMDb: 0423409