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Doing Time (1979)

Porridge (original title)
This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ... See full summary »

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Bainbridge
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Beal
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McMillan
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This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the prisoners and an all-star celebrity team. Fletcher is unaware that the match is only a diversion so that an escape can take place. When Fletcher and his cell mate Lennie stumble on the escape, they are taken along, and find themselves having to break back into prison to avoid getting into trouble. Written by measham

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Fletcher's inside story - even funnier as a film.

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10 August 1979 (UK)  »

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Trivia

The film was shot at HMP Chelmsford before it was returned to service after a fire. The film company admin offices were located in the prison hospital block. See more »

Goofs

Godber declares that the model aircraft he's constructing is a Spitfire, but it's clearly a P51 Mustang. See more »

Quotes

Fletcher: Good morning Mr Mackay, Mr Beal.
Mr Beal: How'd you know my name?
Fletcher: Oh word gets around sir, doesn't take long. I bet you're already a legend on some bog walls.
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Connections

References The Basil Brush Show (1970) See more »

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HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK
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Written by Ian Dury and Chaz Jankel
Sung by Ian Dury and The Blockheads
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Priceless keep-sake of unforgettable TV series
21 May 2000 | by (Dorset, England) – See all my reviews

"Porridge" the movie was made some time after the last episode had been completed-some time, in fact, after the sequel "Going Straight" had been shown. This does not deter at all from the fun, and as TV spin-offs go, this rates as one of the best; due almost entirely to the quality of the original characters from the timeless BBC comedy series. Ronnie Barker was never better than when he assumed the mantle of our anti-hero Norman Stanley Fletcher; aided in no small way by outstanding character support- the wonderful Fulton Mackay as his strutting nemesis Prison Officer Mackay, coupled with the genial Barroclough (Brian Wilde) and a menacing Peter Vaughan as Grouty. Add to this the poignancy of seeing Richard Beckinsale in his last film appearance before his tragically early death at 31 a few weeks after the film's completion and it becomes clear that the film, although no masterpiece in itself, should be treasured keenly by all who value British comedy at its best.


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