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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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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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Comedy | Crime

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10 August 1979 (UK)  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The officers and prisoners played by Julian Holloway, Christopher Godwin, Barrie Rutter and Daniel Peacock were new characters created for the film. However regular character 'Lukewarm', played by Christopher Biggins, was missing. 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

[At lunch time]
Bunny Warren: What's the 'old up Fletch?
Fletcher: It's the defrocked dentist havin' a go at the cuisine again.
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Connections

Spun-off from Porridge (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Scotland the Brave
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Traditional tune, with parody lyrics
Sung by Ronnie Barker
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Even funnier than the TV Series.
1 January 2003 | by (Bedfordshire , England) – See all my reviews

What is odd about this film is that i didnt know it existed.There are many spin off films made from British Comedy series's such as Steptoe and Son , On The Buses and Are You Being Served all of which are shown at christmas at far too shorter intervals and all are far inferior to the actual TV shows. Porridge is different. This has hardly ever been seen on TV and is very funny , even funnier than the TV series. Ronnie Barker has a fantastic knack of comedy timing. When he delivers the punch lines you cant help but smile or in the case of this film laugh out loud. The film is very true to the programme and has all the characters we have grown to love over the years.The story is nothing spectacular but it does not need to be because the interaction between wardens and lags is what makes the film. This is one of the best comedy series to film i have ever seen. 8 out of 10.


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