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Stop the World: I Want to Get Off (1966)

The lead in a British semi-improvisational musical theater troupe introduces the troupe's featured players - his wife, two adult daughters and adolescent son - as they rehearse for their ... See full summary »



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Tanner ...
Little Chap
Evie / Anya / Ara / Ginnie
Leila Croft ...
Valerie Croft ...
Neil Hawley ...
Little Little Chap
Graham Lyons ...
Georgina Allen ...
Dancer / Singer
Natasha Ashton ...
Dancer / Singer
Sandra Burville ...
Dancer / Singer
Carlotta Barrow ...
Dancer / Singer
Vivyen Dunbar ...
Dancer / Singer
Katherina Holden ...
Dancer / Singer (as Katerina Holden)
Margaret Frost ...
Dancer / Singer
Ann Holloway ...
Dancer / Singer
Liz Gold ...
Dancer / Singer


The lead in a British semi-improvisational musical theater troupe introduces the troupe's featured players - his wife, two adult daughters and adolescent son - as they rehearse for their next performance. That performance tells the story of Little Chap, a working class stiff, who marries the boss' daughter Evie because she is pregnant. He wouldn't have married her otherwise. As Evie is the boss' daughter, Little Chap, over the course of thirty-five years, is given opportunity after opportunity to enhance his professional life by his new father-in-law. In turn, Little Chap, being opportunistic, builds upon those experiences to try and be fulfilled both professionally and personally, rarely taking Evie and his burgeoning family into consideration despite the fact that they love him. At the end of those thirty-five years, he comes to an understanding of who he is and why he made the decisions in his life that he did. Written by Huggo

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25 April 1966 (UK)  »

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This went on general release in the UK on April 24th 1966 beginning with the usual week in North London. It performed so poorly that it was pulled before reaching South London the following week. See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: A Fish Called Selma (1996) See more »


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A Great Musical
22 October 2007 | by (Bronx, New York) – See all my reviews

My wife and I put on our old VHS copy the other night (having not seen it for many years) and once more became totally absorbed in the production and Tony Tanner's performance. Some have called it outdated but it's pure theater with a theater-type experience as best as could be reproduced on screen. "World's" brilliance is that it's simple story combined with a magnificent score can hold audience captivated, no small achievement considering it is done in mime and soliloquy and performed within the confines of a small circular one-ring circus-type stage with no elaborate settings.

Just magnificent, not matter what generation.

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