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Rising Damp (1980)

Stingy landlord Rigsby manages to scam his lodgers Cooper, an arts student, and Philip, a medical student making both pay for a room they must share. However Rigsby's favorite lodger, Miss ... See full summary »

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Stingy landlord Rigsby manages to scam his lodgers Cooper, an arts student, and Philip, a medical student making both pay for a room they must share. However Rigsby's favorite lodger, Miss Jones, now flirts with both boys rather then the old goat, despite his pitiful attempts to woo her. Written by KGF Vissers

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Original cast-member Richard Beckinsale died before the film could go before the cameras; consequently his medical student character Alan Moore was rewritten as Christopher Strauli's art student John. At the time Strauli was a well-known face on British screens from his regular role in another Eric Chappell sitcom from Yorkshire Television, Only When I Laugh (1979). Strauli was encouraged by Leonard Rossiter to play his character as the original actor would have; however the young actor (who had been at RADA with Beckinsale) felt uncomfortable with this suggestion as his contemporary had died only relatively recently. He would recall the part as an extremely unhappy one for him, despite the affability of the director and of the rest of the cast. See more »

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Rigsby: Permissive society? There's no such thing. I should know I've looked for it.
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References Le manège enchanté (1964) See more »

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Love Is the Sweetest Thing
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Good if your New To Rising Damp-A Repeat if Series Addict.
2 October 2004 | by (S.W England, Plymouth,) – See all my reviews

This film derives from a Long Running ITV sitcom by the same name.The Sitcom lasted for half a decade roughly and brought to our screens Rigsby,Phillip,Alan,Mrs Jones & Vienna.

Then in 1980 The film version hit the Cinemas.Now when it did,sadly Richard Beckinsale had passed away & was replaced by Only when i laugh actor Chris Strauli.

I myself felt this gave the film a different feel.I would have preferred if it wasn't shot as Richard was a key character.Thats like having the porridge film without Godber or Mackay!

The Film did have some classics moments definitely but it felt a bit De-Ja-Vu! Many parts were seen before in the TV Series. Now if you saw the movie first rather than the Series you would get a different feeling about it then the series fan!

Saying that Leonard is definitely on top form and makes the movie,just like in the TV series.The Film has recently had a new lease of life on DVD and is usually on Terrestrial over a quiet weekend.It is a cracking good film,but for Rigsby fans you may feel that youv'e seen it similarly before.

Saying that though its worth a buying/watching

7.8/10


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