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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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Featured in Rising Damp Forever: Episode #1.2 (2016) See more »

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Love Is the Sweetest Thing
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A great reminder of a great sitcom
20 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

TV to Film adaptations are notorious for their failure to transfer any of the winning elements that made the show popular. I can't think of a worse proposition than to make a motion picture of the great sitcom Rising Damp. A sublime series that worked for it's performers, scripts and just as importantly it's claustrophobic setting. Even episodes that ventured outside the dingy house in which the characters share, it was often to a single set location for the whole of the second act. In a twenty five minute sitcom, those restrictions can be played up to create some magnificent comedy. On film however, the effect is quite the reverse.

Also Richard Berkinsale had tragically passed away by the time came to make the movie. The fourth and final series had been without him due to contractual obligations elsewhere and it left the final run of episodes wanting (though two or three shows still managed to be perfect).

Yet despite this Rising Damp the movie was by far and away the finest film adaptation of all time. While not capturing the sheer brilliance of the series, there were plenty of hysterical moments littered throughout the film.

First off the three remaining performers are in perfect form. Infact the film was worth making simply as a reason for Lennerd Rossiter to be given an Oscar. Something he was inexplicably denied! His total mastery of the screen as Rigsby is breathtaking.

The script is mostly TV episodes mashed together into an episodic structure. Considering the enormous success of these scripts, it would seem a perfectly good idea. However, anyone familiar with the series will notice how must funnier it was on TV and will be wanting to see something new. Eric Chappell's scripts does contain some new material and it is these moments that distinguish the film as superior to other adaptations. The Rugby scene is a particularly brilliant example.

10/10


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