Tea with the Dames Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: 
     Not Rated
  • Studio: IFC Independent Film
  • Release Date: May 5, 2020
  • Run Time: 84 minutes

         Four legendary British actresses from stage and screen, all of which have been given an honorary Dame status, have been friends for over 50 years. Apparently Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright all keep in touch by spending weekends together reminiscing in a country getaway one of them owns, and allowed a film crew to intrude on one of these sessions for the documentary, Tea with the Dames. The title was originally Nothing Like a Dame, which can still be seen several times in the film itself, as the production becomes a part of the film. The change wasn’t made because the beverage they drink (they have champagne, but no tea), but because of the direction of the conversation, which contains some gossip from their classic days of stage and screen.