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Alive and Kicking (1964)

 -  Comedy  -  24 June 1964 (USA)
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Three elderly ladies tire of living in an old people's home and when they heard that they are about to be separated, they make a bid for freedom. They escape to an island off the Irish ... See full summary »

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Mabel
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MacDonagh
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Colin Gordon ...
Bird Watcher
John Salew ...
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Liam Redmond ...
Old Man
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Olive McFarland ...
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Anita Sharp-Bolster ...
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Paul Farrell ...
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Patrick McAlinney ...
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Three elderly ladies tire of living in an old people's home and when they heard that they are about to be separated, they make a bid for freedom. They escape to an island off the Irish coast and are about to occupy a group of cottages when the owner, an Irish millionaire, just returned from making his fortune in America, appears on the scene. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Munter und lebendig  »

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Richard Harris's first film. See more »

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Featured in Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

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One I Truly Love
Music by Philip Green
Lyrics by Michael Carr
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Pleasant and agreeable
11 June 2013 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Alive & Kicking' is a surprisingly engaging and likable film that largely escapes the pitfalls within the film's narrative

The plot line - three elderly ladies escape from an old people's home - to an isolated Irish village - could potentially lead to silliness and patronising treatment of the central trio. And it threatens to be that in the early scenes of their escape which are mildly enjoyable but slightly inane.

But once the film settles in Ireland, it becomes a surprisingly deft and endearing film. Not only does it create good characterisations of the three elderly ladies, but characters like MacDonagh are charmingly handled and acted (by Stanley Holloway.

The film is so pleasant that even when MacDonagh's lawyer appears to end the trio's adventure, he is shown to be someone just doing his job and not painted as the villain as one expects.

'Alive and Kicking' is no classic but it's agreeable entertainment that gives Sybil Thorndike, Kathleen Harrison and Estelle Winwood all moments to shine, plus a very early appearance by Richard Harris.


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