MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,480 this week

Rising Damp (1980)

 -  Comedy  -  5 March 1980 (UK)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 444 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 1 critic

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

Director:

(as Joe McGrath)

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 27 May 2012
 
a list of 1082 titles
created 06 Jul 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 28 Feb 2013
 
a list of 112 titles
created 22 Dec 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Rising Damp" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Rising Damp (1980)

Rising Damp (1980) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Rising Damp.
3 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rising Damp (1974–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants.

Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, Frances de la Tour
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. But Harold, who likes the ... See full summary »

Director: Cliff Owen
Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Carolyn Seymour
Doing Time (1979)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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 »

Director: Dick Clement
Stars: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay
Porridge (1974–1977)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay
Steptoe and Son (1962–1974)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father who run an unsuccessful 'rag and bone' business (collecting and selling junk). Harold (the son) wants to ... See full summary »

Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton
The Two Ronnies (1971–1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, The Fred Tomlinson Singers
Only When I Laugh (1979–1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Stars: James Bolam, Peter Bowles, Christopher Strauli
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mick Travis is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society. It's the day when Her Royal Highness is ... See full summary »

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Malcolm McDowell, Brian Pettifer
Water (1985)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A British diplomat to a West Indian island nation finds his idyllic existence thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there.

Director: Dick Clement
Stars: Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The staff of Grace Bros. take a trip to Costa Plonka while the department is being remodeled.

Director: Bob Kellett
Stars: John Inman, Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton
George & Mildred (1976–1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

George and Mildred Roper are forced to leave their home in South Kensington (as the landlords in Man About the House (1973)) when they receive a compulsory purchase order from the council. ... See full summary »

Stars: Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Norman Eshley
Man About the House (1973–1976)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

One morning after a particularly wild party, Chrissy and Jo wake up to find Robin sleeping in their bath. He needs a place to live, they need a flatmate that can cook, so they decide to let... See full summary »

Stars: Richard O'Sullivan, Paula Wilcox, Sally Thomsett
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Miss Ruth Jones (as Frances De La Tour)
...
Christopher Strauli ...
John
...
Charles Seymour
Carrie Jones ...
Sandra
Glynn Edwards ...
John Cater ...
Bert
Derek Griffiths ...
Alec
Ronnie Brody ...
Italian Waiter
Alan Clare ...
Accordionist
Pat Roach ...
Rugby Player
Jonathan Cecil ...
Boutique Assistant
Bill Dean ...
Workman
Edit

Storyline

Stingy English landlord Rigsby manages to scam his lodgers Cooper, an arts student, and Philip, an African jock, 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 be generous. Crossed by her still overprotective dad, she actually prefers an affair with slick veteran Seymour, who is really only interested in her money. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 March 1980 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Bed of Roomers  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Rigsby: Permissive society? There's no such thing. I should know I've looked for it.
See more »

Connections

References Superman (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Dreamer
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Arranged by David Lindup
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
More Of A Re-Film Than A Film In Its Own Right
5 October 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

RISING DAMP is a classic comedy which starred Leonard Rossiter as a landlord who rented his flat out to three people : Miss Jones a rather plain woman who Rigsby has the hots for and a couple of students Alan and Philip . It should be pointed out that Philip is black and Rigsby is while not exactly racist rather condescending to anyone different from his little Englander mentality .

As with a great number of successful ITV sit-coms RISING DAMP was made into a feature length movie , though it should be pointed out this seems rather belated since it was made in 1980 with most of the other cinema versions of ITV sitcoms being produced in the early 1970s . It should also be mentioned that in the TV series Alan was played by Richard Beckinsale who died before this movie went into production so his role as Alan is played by Christopher Strauli with the other three regular cast members reprising their roles

No attempt is made to change or modify the strong points of the television series and everybody stays in character mainly because much of the screenplay is directly lifted from the TV series , bits like the draught blowing into Miss Jones ear and the love wood which featured in an episode of the TV series . There is a thin plot featuring a guest called Seymour played by Denholm Elliot which does give the opportunity of showing what a sycophantic snob Rigsby really is and for not changing the formula the film version deserves some credit . Check out the film version of GEORGE AND MILDRED to see what a really bad adaptation looks like


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Newspaper headline ChrisN12
Miss? Half a pint of bitter, please! denham
Discuss Rising Damp (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?