Opening night is just around the corner and director Looyd Fellowes (Michael Caine) is in despair. He's had high hopes for his new play, a sex farce, but now the cast is in the middle of dress rehearsal and it's becoming very clear that they're barely ready. Mrs. Clackett, played by Dotty Otley (actress Carol Burnett) can't remember when she needs which props. Garry Lejeune, who's playing Roger Tramplemain (actor John Ritter) has to call for lines and can't get a door to open. What would be the first act if Noises Off were staged as a play covers this dress rehearsal. It's shot from the theater, looking at the stage. The play is a broad comedy set in a British country house in which a housekeeper bumbles about, while one couple who's just looking for a place to have a tryst and another couple, who's hiding out from the Internal Revenue Service try to avoid each other) and something about the actors. Most of them are paired off. Lloyd Fellowes has made the horrible mistake of sleeping with both his leading lady and the stage manager.
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In the second act, the show's in progress and being staged in Miami. The movie shows what's going on backstage. By now, it's clear the show's got hit potential. But what's equally clear is that trouble's arising among the cast members. They all suspect Selsdon Mowbray (actor Denholm Elliott) of hitting the bottle yet again. Lloyd Fellowes, who's been off making arrangements for the show to appear on Broadway, is reaching the point where he will have to choose between his two girlfriends. Dotty Otley will not speak to her lover, Garry Lejeune, which leads to some awkward moments on stage.
In Act III, the show's opening on Broadway. Lloyd Fellowes has become so nervous he's had to leave the theater, for fear the audience will never laugh. This act is also shot from backstage. By now, the cast is at each other's throats. Individual cast members begin to throw hissy fits on stage, while others try to keep the show going.
The review of this Movie prepared by Ann Gaines