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Doing Time (1979)
"Porridge" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  12 August 1979 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Governor
Christopher Godwin ...
Beal
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Dines (as Gordon Kaye)
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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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Trivia

Tony Osoba's role as McLaren was meant to be larger but a another acting role meant his role had to be cut back. See more »

Goofs

During the football game, all shots of the game itself are in heavy overcast weather. Shots of Fletcher, the Governor and the substitute bench, however, occur with a clear blue sky behind them and the sun in their eyes. See more »

Quotes

Godber: [discussing Rudge the new arrival] He's only a kid.
Fletcher: Oh listen to 'er.
Godber: No, I just remember the first night I come in here. How I felt when that door banged shut. Hey, you should go and have a word with him.
Fletcher: Why?
Godber: You're good at that sort of thing. You perked me up when I first arrived.
Fletcher: Listen, I broke you in Godber because you was forced upon *my* cell and it was in *my* interests not to 'ave a manic depressive in the bottom bunk.
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References Within These Walls (1974) See more »

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Molly Malone
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Sung by Ronnie Barker
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shear class
13 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

sadly cant put an 11 rating of this film as it certainly deserves it. This is a spin off from the TV series and only the name and characters are the same. The plot, unlike other sitcoms-turned-movies like Steptoe, Dads Army and Are You Being Served, is completely new.

Brief outline as here is no way I'm going to spoil it for anyone. Barker is the lovable rogue Fletch and he has been put in charge to arrange a football match in order for another con to escape. The jokes are fresh, the story is fresh and the characters are fantastic. This deserves Oscars for performance, script and direction.

Catch this on DVD. Its well worth the money and the time to watch it.


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