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The Optimists of Nine Elms (1973)

 -  Drama  -  18 October 1973 (USA)
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A retired entertainer makes his living as a street musician on the streets of London. Two young children befriend the old musician, brightening his otherwise colorless life.

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Sam
Donna Mullane ...
Liz
John Chaffey ...
Mark
David Daker ...
Bob Ellis
Marjorie Yates ...
Chrissie Ellis
Katyana Kass ...
Baby Ellis
Patricia Brake ...
Dog's Home Secretary
Don Crown ...
Busker
Bruce Purchase ...
Policeman
Michael Graham Cox ...
Park Keeper
Bernie Searle ...
Dustman
Tommy Wright ...
Dustman
Pat Beckett ...
Laundry Lady
Daphne Lawson ...
Laundry Lady
Candyce Jane Brandl ...
Laundry Lady
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A retired entertainer makes his living as a street musician on the streets of London. Two young children befriend the old musician, brightening his otherwise colorless life.

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Meet Sam, the wonder man. He's got madness in his closet, everybody in trouble, the police in circles - and the world in his pocket. See more »

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18 October 1973 (USA)  »

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The Optimists  »

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Donna Mullane and John Chaffey both receive "introducing" credits See more »

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Sam visits the inside of Chelsea Football Club, but the outside of Fulham Football Club (note the graffiti and the park, which is next to FFC). See more »

Quotes

Sam: Inside your head you can build...
Mark: A skyscraper
Sam: Aye... a palace. A what?
Mark: An apple.
Sam: An orange.
Mark: A steamboat.
Sam: The lot. If you think with your eyeballs and forget all that rot from teachers and fathers and mothers and cops. That is *private*. It's *yours*.
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Wow, I'd forgotten all about this one
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"Sometimes it wasn't half as bad as all that, sometimes" Excellent Lionel Bart score adds to new style Peter Sellers, that of serious actor as in Being There. Superb London locations add to moral tale. Ex Vaudevillian Peter Sellers befriends two kids and begins to believe in life again and encourages the two kids from broken home to be more optimistic about life. A truly compassionate film that says despite your circumstances that there will always be someone who cares.


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