Trevor is an extremely shy undertaker's assistant. He always tags along with his good friend Ronnie, when he goes to the pub with his girlfriend Sandra. Sandra introduces Trevor to her more... See full summary »

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Trevor
John Wheatley ...
Ronnie
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Linda
Angela Curran ...
Sandra
Clifford Kershaw ...
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Trevor's mum
Phillip Ryland ...
Froggy
Frank McDermott ...
Mr. Bodger
Christine Moore ...
Mrs. Bodger
Karen Petrie ...
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Brian Pollitt ...
Doctor
Eileen Denison ...
Mrs. Ball
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Christine
Elizabeth Hauck ...
Shoe shop customer
Elizabeth Ann Ogden ...
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Trevor is an extremely shy undertaker's assistant. He always tags along with his good friend Ronnie, when he goes to the pub with his girlfriend Sandra. Sandra introduces Trevor to her more forward friend Linda. Linda has a difficult time getting Trevor to go out with her, but she finally gets him to go to a disco; he won't dance, so Linda dances with Ronnie. Written by Will Gilbert

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11 January 1977 (UK)  »

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When the police car rounds the corner and off the estate, director Mike Leigh had composer Carl Davis include a few notes from the theme tune to the television series Z Cars (1962). This is a playful reference to the film's producer David Rose who worked on both shows. See more »

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The corpse that Trevor and the mortician are preparing is breathing. See more »

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Featured in Arena: Mike Leigh Making Plays (1982) See more »

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Interesting combination of Mike Leigh and David Threlfall
17 October 2014 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This is another in several teleplays Mike Leigh devised and directed for the BBC series 'Play for Today'. He contributed the justifiably celebrated two classics Nuts in May and Abigail's Party to this format. The Kiss of Death isn't in the same league as either of those two to be fair but it's still a pretty interesting bit of work. Like a few other Leigh films it doesn't really have a plot and is more a slice of life where little actually happens. It focuses on an undertaker's assistant from a northern British town. He is a social misfit who is matched up with a girl who works in a shoe shop. They embark on a relationship of sorts.

The presentation goes for extreme realism, characterised by the dreary and mundane everyday events that typify the lives of the small cast. What makes it work mostly is in the believable acting performances, particularly from David Threlfall who plays the central character. He would go onto considerable small-screen fame twenty-five years later as the character Frank Gallagher from the TV series 'Shameless'. He's very good here as a strange character who is partly a gibbering half-wit and partly aloof from the everyday trivialities that others engage in. The film itself is a low-key yet engaging and should interest fans of Leigh.


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