Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Senior Member Country: UK
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    436
    Liked
    6 times
    I can't see a thread about this (if there is one, sorry).
    I understand it is the subject of, at best, mixed reviews - if you like it, you like it, if you don't like Hugh Grant, you hate it, if you do like Hugh Grant, you think it was beneath him.
    But having just watched it again, there's a lot to be said for having another try at something Ealing did very well 60 years ago - the small film about small people finding a faintly ludicrous way round authority. Sweet, perhaps a bit too innocent for the time it was made, a few cracking performances (especially Ian McNiece, the shell-shocked Ian Hart and an eye-rolling tour de force from Kenneth Griffith), and Hugh Grant's stiff but drippy posh boy for once rather well placed.
    So why is it not celebrated enough at least to have its own thread here? Thoughts?

  2. #2
    Senior Member Country: UK DB7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    9,605
    Liked
    151 times
    I'd say I fall into the camp of neither loving it or hating it. It fails on the Ealingesque battle against bureaucracy front, as did their later films, because Hugh Grant doing his mumbling bumbling Englishman routine doesn't really cut it as an authority figure. So it's a charming film with some nice scenery - tho I agree about Griffith and Hart.

    I recall hearing a similarly themed play on the radio - only it was about laying train tracks through a Welsh village - darker too.

  3. #3
    Junior Member Country: UK
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    9
    Liked
    0 times
    Does anyone like this film as much as I do?
    Its old world charm and simple story of cunning, deceit, friendship and love are, for me, quite beguiling.
    It does remind me of Ealing Studio films of yesteryear, such as The Lady Killers to name just one.
    I watched the latter last night and toasted Alec Guinness, Herbert Lom and Cecil Park with a cup of Yemeini Matari coffee from my equally film mad friends at the Tea and Coffee Emporium.
    Does anyone have other suggestions of similar films?

  4. #4
    Senior Member Country: United States MonicaMC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    362
    Liked
    3 times
    Quote Originally Posted by conjurer1 View Post
    Does anyone have other suggestions of similar films?
    Well, there is the remake with Hugh Grant... (Actually, I've seen neither... yet.)

    To address your question more directly, though, Netflix made some recommendations, and in the list they provided I'd recommend Waking Ned Devine. They recommended the Alec Guiness version of The Ladykillers as well. I've only seen the American remake with Tom Hanks in it, so now I have two MORE films in my Netflix queue.
    Last edited by MonicaMC; 08-03-11 at 12:38 PM.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Country: UK Moor Larkin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    6,472
    Liked
    120 times
    Quote Originally Posted by conjurer1 View Post
    Does anyone have other suggestions of similar films?
    BFI Screenonline: Ealing Comedy


  6. #6
    Junior Member Country: UK
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    9
    Liked
    0 times
    I hate Hugh Grant, his brother is slightly more tolerable - but not by much.
    It often amazes me that a, self confesssed, second rate actor can have gained such popularity.
    However it is the story that I love.
    I was not aware that it was a remake of an Ealing Studios version =and it makes perfect sense as it befits every good aspect of that studios creations.
    Loved most of Ealing Studios films; I suppose I may be slightly biased as I originate from Ealing and often used to view the studio from afar when visiting the library next door, alas both went some 3 decades ago and more.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Country: UK CaptainWaggett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    25,718
    Liked
    492 times
    Quote Originally Posted by conjurer1 View Post
    I hate Hugh Grant, his brother is slightly more tolerable - but not by much.
    It often amazes me that a, self confesssed, second rate actor can have gained such popularity.
    However it is the story that I love.
    I was not aware that it was a remake of an Ealing Studios version =and it makes perfect sense as it befits every good aspect of that studios creations.
    Loved most of Ealing Studios films; I suppose I may be slightly biased as I originate from Ealing and often used to view the studio from afar when visiting the library next door, alas both went some 3 decades ago and more.
    Hugh Grant's brother? It's not a remake of an Ealing film BTW.

  8. #8
    Senior Member Country: UK A Pemberton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    915
    Liked
    30 times
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainWaggett View Post
    Hugh Grant's brother? .
    Richard E obviously plenty of strange information lurks around the interweb


    Richard E. Grant & Hugh Grant - half brothers???!!! :: Handbag.com

  9. #9
    Senior Member Country: UK CaptainWaggett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    25,718
    Liked
    492 times
    Quote Originally Posted by A Pemberton View Post
    Richard E obviously plenty of strange information lurks around the interweb


    Richard E. Grant & Hugh Grant - half brothers???!!! :: Handbag.com

    Well, it's more plausible than anyone hating Hugh How could that possibly be true?

  10. #10
    Senior Member Country: UK Wee Sonny MacGregor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    696
    Liked
    4 times
    I can tolerate Hugh Grant but for me Kenneth Griffith is the best thing in this film. His hell and damnation reverend is simply brilliant.

Similar Threads

  1. An Englishman in New York
    By Ray in forum British Television
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 11-11-11, 09:00 PM
  2. An Englishman in New Zealand
    By R. Wenlock in forum General Film Chat
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-05-10, 09:33 AM
  3. an englishman abroad
    By christoph404 in forum Looking for a Video/DVD (Film)
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-03-07, 08:33 PM
  4. The Last Englishman
    By CALF28 in forum Looking for a Video/DVD (TV)
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-03-07, 06:07 PM
  5. An Englishman's Right. Bbc
    By sizey in forum Looking for a Video/DVD (TV)
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 27-03-06, 01:15 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts