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Colin Blakely ...
Smokey Pickles
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Timothy Garland ...
Richard Pearson ...
Accountant
Nicholas Phipps ...
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Solicitor
Charles Hill ...
Head Waiter
Charles Lamb ...
Mr. Noseworthy
Margery Mason ...
Mrs. Noseworthy
Diana Coupland ...
Maud
George Innes ...
Garage Attendant
Arthur Pentelow ...
Man With Car
Alan Lake ...
Airman
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Charlie Bubbles, a writer, up from the working class of Manchester, England, who, in the course of becoming prematurely rich and famous, has mislaid a writer's basic tool - the capacity to feel and to respond. Now he must visit his estranged wife and son, whom he has set up on a farm outside his native city. His journey accidentally becomes an attempt to reestablish his connections with life, people, and his own history. Written by alfiehitchie

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11 February 1968 (USA)  »

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Actor/director Albert Finney, like his character Charlie Bubbles, was born in the Greater Manchester area in England. See more »

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Lottie Bubbles: [to Charlie] How does a perfect child like you grow up to be such a mess?
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Trumpets and Tequila
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The distinction of the British classes...
17 February 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Interesting but ultimately unmoving drama (with quirks) has the title-named character, a rich writer who lives in plushy comfort, unable to get over his guilt of having money. When Charlie visits his Northern haunts, where the streets are filled with potholes and the surroundings match the sky--all in gray--we wonder, "Why is he so obsessed with his early poverty?" and "Why can't he get on with his life?" Director-star Albert Finney doesn't give us much to go on (or maybe you have to be British to understand the symbols inherent in British society) and most of his film feels like a put-on. Liza Minnelli has a small part as an American secretary, and she occasionally pushes her kooky "Americanisms" too far; however, though the role isn't much, Minnelli has a strange, slightly zonked/slightly exotic presence, and when she performs in a low-key she's appealing. As Mrs. Bubbles, Billie Whitelaw got most of the acclaim, but it's Liza we remember. As for the much-talked about finale, I thought it profound in its fantastic way, but, like the rest of "Charlie Bubbles", it exists to please and understand itself, leaving the rest of us on the outside looking in. ** from ****


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