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Rentadick (1972)

| Comedy, Crime
Armitage runs a chemical company that is on the verge of producing a gas that causes temporary disability. Clearly the military want it but it is also sought by a group of Japanese. Both ... See full summary »

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James Booth ...
Simon Hamilton
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Miles Gannet
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Utta Armitage
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Major Upton
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Jeffrey Armitage
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Madam Greenfly
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West
John Wells ...
Owltruss
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Customs officer
Winnie Holman ...
Maid
Patsy Crowther ...
Old Lady
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Chauffeuse
Michael Rothwell ...
Removal Man
Michael Sharvell-Martin ...
Removal Man
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Hobbs
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Armitage runs a chemical company that is on the verge of producing a gas that causes temporary disability. Clearly the military want it but it is also sought by a group of Japanese. Both Armitage and Madam Greenfly hire different people in the same detective agency to guard the gas and steal it respectively... confusion, double crosses and hilarity ensue... Written by bob the moo

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The opening theme tune uses, uncredited, the tune of "A Policeman's Lot Is Not A Happy One", by Arthur Sullivan. Additionally, Dave Dee, who sings it, is a former policeman. See more »

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West shoots a dart at the photo of Major Upton and it hits just above the neck. When they shoot a close up the dart is now next to the ear. See more »

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Utta Armitage: Tell me for humanity's sake: how many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Rentadick
(Title Song)
Music by Carl Davis, Arthur Sullivan (uncredited)
Lyrics by Ned Sherrin and Caryl Brahms
Sung by Dave Dee and The King's Singers
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Poor – some good touches, but with all this talent, what went wrong?
4 May 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Armitage runs a chemical company that is on the verge of producing a gas that causes temporary disability. Clearly the military want it but it is also sought by a group of Japanese. Both Armitage and Madam Greenfly hire different people in the same detective agency to guard the gas and steal it respectively……confusion, double crosses and hilarity ensue….

I had high hopes for this…get this…it was written by Python's Chapman and Cleese, with contributions from satirists Wells and Fortune (who still works with Rory Bremner). It has a lot of famous TV faces (Sinden, Griffiths, Keith, Briers) and has involvement from Goons Milligan and Michael Bentine. With this type of quality involved I assumed that the product would be good.

But this never rises above the standard set by all 1970's British comedy which rely on bawdy farce rather than humour to get by. It has plenty of little surreal touches that make it rise slightly above the pack, but really this isn't carried across into the dialogue or plot. It even builds to a keystone cop style chase – typical of the period. None of the cast really get into it – the cameos are OK, but you can't help feel the waste.

Overall this is pretty poor. It's better than the raft of smutty 1970's comedies that this is related to, but with the talent on board you can't help feel that greater things were possible.


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