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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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Governor
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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. See more »

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10 August 1979 (UK)  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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This movie came out after Going straight finished but it is set before with Fletcher in the same prison as the original series 'porridge' 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

Fletcher: What's the matter with you?
Godber: We're still banged up in this cell aren't we, while Oakes is Hardy Kruger.
Fletcher: Hardy Kruger?
Godber: "The One that got away". A film starring Hardy Kruger.
Fletcher: Don't worry. Before too long he'll be Googie Withers again.
Godber: Googie Withers?
Fletcher: "Within these walls".
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Sweet Sweet
(uncredited)
Written by Colin Stewart, Paul Stewart and Robert Freeman
Performed by Plain Sailing
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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Worth doing time for!

Finally got this on disk the other month. And it was worth the wait. As an avid Porridge and Ronnie Barker fan, I thought the film done justice to a really funny series. Other movie spin offs have been mundane(On the Buses, for example), but this one was well written and well acted. Starring the original cast from the series (apart from Christopher Biggins), it continued Norman Stanley Fletcher's fight against the system. Even though it did contain a couple of jokes from the program, its a mere overlook to a really funny film. Even Fletcher with his little scams (McKays teeth bein gone example) have trasferred well to the big screen version. This is one film you wouldn't want to do time!


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