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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
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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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7 November 1980 (USA)  »

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Vivian Stanshall wanted Coronation Street (1960) actor Bernard Youens for the role of Sir Henry but was declined by the producers who required a name star and in the end the part was cast with veteran British thesp Trevor Howard. See more »

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Sir Henry: Generally speaking, if I've eaten something I don't want to see it again.
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Gums ..................... Himself See more »

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The Fool and Bladder
Written by Vivian Stanshall
By kind permission of Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
© 1978 Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
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Anonymous Bosch
23 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in the Cinecenta in Panton Street when it was first released. I was so surprised that I went back in to watch it a second time. That was probably not the best use of £3.25 but I didn't regret the spending of it. I have seen it many times since and am still filled with that original sense of awe and mystification. And I love to share it. The sheer poetry and feeling of Theatre de Absurdisme. The unpredictability and blunt refusal to genuflect at the altar of political correctness (gone mad).

I recently had the opportunity of watching it with an American film buff. At the end he turned to me and asked "Can you tell me what that was about?" From this I gathered that American film buffs need to know about things like themes and analysis. Anyway, the answer still is that I don't know what this film is "about", any more than I know what my son's haircut is "about".

Some years ago I had the chance to ask Vernon Dudley Bowhay-Nowell (the ukulele player who gets stabbed with the bison horn) what it was all about. He didn't know either.


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