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Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980)

The very eccentric English peer Sir Henry Rawlinson attempts, with the help of his mad family & servants, to exorcise the ghost of his brother Humbert.

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Patrick Magee ...
Reverend Slodden
Denise Coffey ...
Mrs. E.
J.G. Devlin ...
Old Scrotum
Harry Fowler ...
Buller Bullethead
Sheila Reid ...
Lady Florrie Rawlinson
Vivian Stanshall ...
Hubert Rawlinson / Narrator
Suzanne Danielle ...
Candice Rawlinson
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Ralph Rawlinson
Ben Aris ...
Lord Tarquin of Staines
Liz Smith ...
Lady Phillipa of Staines
Jeremy Child ...
Peregrine Maynard
Susan Porrett ...
Porcelain
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Max
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Joachim
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The very eccentric English peer Sir Henry Rawlinson attempts, with the help of his mad family & servants, to exorcise the ghost of his brother Humbert.

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Creator Vivian Stanshall (21 March 1943 - 5 March 1995) died in 1995, which was exactly the 100th Anniversary Century year that the real-life 1st Baronet Major-General Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson GCB (5 April 1810 - 5 March 1895) had died, and reportedly, both even on the same day and month of 5th March. See more »

Quotes

Sir Henry: If I had all the money I'd spent on drink, I'd spend it on drink.
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Gums ..................... Himself See more »

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Stripe me a pinkie
Written by Vivian Stanshall
By kind permission of Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
© 1979 The Charisma Music Publishing Company Ltd.
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Brilliant if flawed film from a continuing literary tradition
5 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mad, propelled by language and stereotype reinvented by surreal humour, this is a unique and brilliant film of a text which ranks with 'Under Milk Wood'or 'Facade' by Edith Sitwell. There are, however, too many references to 'sambos' and 'jungle bunnies' for my liking although I appreciate that the characters are supposed to be reactionary, the narrator also joins in. I suspect that Vivian Stanshall both loved and hated his subject matter. If you want a living parallel, try the poetry of Mike Haslam.

Given the junk, like Pirates of the Caribbean, which gets 7.5 +, I don't think the assessment of this film reflects its uniqueness. It's good to see Trevor Howard debunking Englishness too.


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