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26 October 1980 (UK) See more »
Another of Dennis Potter's "visitation dramas": Adultery by John disturbs Janet, so she flirts with the simple... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cheryl Campbell ... Janet
Malcolm Stoddard ... John

Michael Culver ... Malcolm
Madeleine Hinde ... Emma
Ewan Stewart ... Billy
William Bond ... Billy's Father
Alan Cullen ... Reverend
Dave Royal ... Postman
David Webb ... Mr. Castle

Directed by
Alan Bridges 
Writing credits
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Dennis Potter 

Produced by
Kenith Trodd .... producer
Tony Wharmby .... executive producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Michael Reed 
Film Editing by
Ray Helm 
Production Design by
Bryan Bagge 
Art Direction by
James Dillon 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Brown .... assistant director
Sound Department
Sid Squires .... sound recordist (as Syd Squires)
Other crew
Jerry Desmonde .... production assistant

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75 min

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Rain On The Roof, 1 May 2015
Author: a_baron from United Kingdom

Dennis Potter was an acclaimed dramatist, but if this is typical of his work, that acclaim was sorely misplaced. The only bright thing about "Rain On The Roof" is the stunningly attractive Cheryl Campbell who plays the female lead. Alas, her character is nowhere near as attractive as the lady herself, a bored, childless housewife living extremely comfortably who is teaching the village idiot to read.

What would you expect in a play like this of a woman who invites a simpleton into her home? The guy misreads her kindness, and rapes her? No, fortunately, although something far worse happens eventually. Janet believes her husband is playing away,and lets him know it, deciding sauce for the gander...They are not averse to throwing plates and things at each other, and when he catches her trying it on with her student, he gives her a black eye. Petty, spiteful and nasty all round.

What is the point of "Rain On The Roof", one might ask? To show how people who have everything can end up throwing it all away for no good reason?

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