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[to the press outside Number 10 Downing Street]
Minister of Labour:
I see great principles at stake here. As Minister of Labour you can be sure that I shall act. You can also be sure that I shall not interfere... That is with those great principles which I deem to be at stake...
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It's many years since I last saw this. Watching it agian, it still holds up as being a hugely enjoyable film. The politics of the storyline are an absolute cliche, but the performances are so good, from a cast of some of Britains best comedy actors, that you can forget some of the cringingly simplistic plot assumptions.
The performance that really stands out, way above the others, is Peter Sellars as the rather pathetic shop steward. He manages to give a finely balanced portrayal, that is both very funny, but also quite subtle, allowing room to show us the sadness of this character. It is, for me, Sellars' best screen performance.
A classic film.
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