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Private Collection (1972)

 -  Comedy  -  June 1972 (Australia)
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A man obsessed with his art collection. His wife obsessed with her gramophone. A thief determined. A day that goes on forever.

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Mary-Ann Phillips
Peter Reynolds ...
Henry-Adrian Phillips
Brian Blain ...
Joseph Tibbsworth
Grahame Bond ...
George Kleptoman
John Paramor ...
The Boyfriend
Noel Ferrier ...
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Jerry Thomas ...
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Gordon Piper ...
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Dennis Lloyd ...
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Alma McCallum ...
Zelda
Les Foxcroft ...
The Citizen
Shields Templar ...
Mary-Ann's Father
Josephine Townsend ...
Mary-Ann's Mother
Andrew Paix
Cheryl Paix
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A wealthy art collector and his wife have their property broken into in this strange, awkward comedy. Little does the thief realize, but the most prized artwork in the collection is protected by a small guillotine. He loses his hand and is then blackmailed into robbing an art dealer, who earlier in the film refused to sell a statue of an eagle. Written by Christopher Sharp

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Going Once, Going Twice  »

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Thou shalt not steal, at least not TWICE in the same night!
10 November 2001 | by (Longmont: Colorado US) – See all my reviews

Likeable but quite unmemorable comedy about a couple of obsessed rival collectors who both hire the services of the same thief to steal from the other. Light-fingered Louis is played by (imported) Brit actor Reynolds who pretty much holds the thing together with a measured and occasionally inspired performance.

Obviously intended as fall down funny - it isn't, but nevertheless tries hard to please. Salvat himself, besides debuting as a Director here, co-wrote the script with Sandy Sharp. Rather dated now thirty years on, not the least being the clothing and dialog.

Aussie composer-stalwart Mike Perjanik, who has written music for just about every Australian TV series from A COUNTRY PRACTICE downwards, lends his musical expertise here.

A rating of 6/10 errs on the side of generosity!


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