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The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971)

This early Seventies British comedy takes us through seven short stories based on the Seven Deadly Sins. This film is a montage of different styles, from Spike Milligan's mainly silent "... See full summary »

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Felicity Devonshire ...
Bruce Forsyth ...
Clayton (segment "Avarice")
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Elsinore (segment "Avarice")
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Mr. Violet (segment "Avarice")
Joan Sims ...
Policewoman (segment "Avarice")
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Fisherman (segment "Avarice")
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Petrol Attendant (segment "Avarice")
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Vanessa (segment "Avarice")
Suzanne Heath ...
Chloe (segment "Avarice") (as Susanne Heath)
Harry Secombe ...
Stanley (segment "Envy")
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Vernon (segment "Envy")
June Whitfield ...
Mildred (segment "Envy")
Carmel Cryan ...
Vera (segment "Envy")
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Dickie (segment "Gluttony")
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Ingrid (segment "Gluttony")
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This early Seventies British comedy takes us through seven short stories based on the Seven Deadly Sins. This film is a montage of different styles, from Spike Milligan's mainly silent "Sloth", to the leering Harry H Corbett in "Lust". Written by Paul Batey

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November 1971 (UK)  »

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Die herrlichen sieben Todsünden  »

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Trivia

The segments "Pride" and "Lust" had originally been television plays in the series Comedy Playhouse (1961) See more »

Goofs

In the Pride section, the Rolls Royce has, at first, both the RAC and AA badges as it travels down the lane, then only one, the RAC badge, for the rest of the piece. See more »

Quotes

Doctor: I take it he didn't get to the pudding?
Ingrid: No, he didn't get that far.
Doctor: Pitty. I like something that's rather sweet.
Ingrid: I'm sure you do.
Doctor: Perhaps I'd better take a look at it?
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Felicity Devonshire tops the cast list during the end credits, but instead of receiving a written character description, she is represented by a drawing of how she appears in the film. See more »

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References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

Envy, Greed An' Gluttony
(the Seven Deadly Sins theme)
Sung by Middle of the Road (as The Middle Of The Road)
Written by Roy Budd and Jack Fishman
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One of the most tragic missed opportunities of all time...
19 October 2001 | by (Mitcham, England) – See all my reviews

Look at the cast list of this film; try and name someone famous in late 1960s British comedy who is not there. It is not easy. This film had a huge comic talent to call on, a promising premiss, writers-a-go-go and the head-start of a fairly funny punning title. Where did they go wrong? Where did they go right?! Here is a question: into which of the 7 deadly sins would one normally put the notoriously leering Casanova Leslie Phillips? If you answered 'Gluttony' you are absolutely correct! He eats his way through a load of éclairs and has a heart attack. Spike Milligan's segment--Sloth--is probably the best overall, mainly because it is silent. However, director Graeme Stark has written quite a small masterpiece in 'Lust'--a more or less one man play with the sadly-missed Harry H Corbett. He plays the rather sad Ambrose Twombly (the fastest lighter on the Bakerloo). This is my favourite segment although it is clouded by a pathetic ending. It is worth watching this film; I think anyone would definitely enjoy it. But when it is over you will probably think, as I did, 'Why wasn't that funnier?'


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