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Alive and Kicking (1959)

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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Rosie
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Mabel
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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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24 June 1964 (USA)  »

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While the three starring women were over sixty-five when this was made, they all lived for considerable periods of time after it. Sybil Thorndike died in 1976, at the age of ninety-three, Estelle Winwood died in 1984, at the age of one hundred one, and Kathleen Harrison died in 1995, at the age of one hundred three. See more »

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

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Sobre Las Olas
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Music by Juventino Rosas
Arranged by Philip Green
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Surprisingly delightful
11 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

This piece of Irish whimsy makes "The Quiet Man" look like neo-realism. "Alive and Kicking" is a totally daft delight that finds old ladies Sybil Thorndike, Kathleen Harrison and Estelle Winwood 'escape' from their Old People's Home in England only to end up on an island off the Irish coast where, with the help of the locals, including a young Richard Harris, making his film debut, they set up a business knitting sweaters for the fashion market.

It's all very silly and, if you're Irish, probably deeply patronizing but it's also hugely likable. Harrison and Winwood are excellent but it is Thorndike who steals the show. This grand-dame of British theatre has a grand old time scurrying up and down cliffs in search of birds eggs or hunting rabbits with a shotgun, (well, at least her stand-in does). Stanley Holloway is in it, too as the rich Irish-American who proves to be their saviour. Ripe for rediscovery.


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