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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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Reverend Slodden
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Old Scrotum
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Buller Bullethead
Sheila Reid ...
Vivian Stanshall ...
Hubert Rawlinson / Narrator
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Candice Rawlinson
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Ralph Rawlinson
Ben Aris ...
Lord Tarquin of Staines
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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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Jeremy Child has confessed on the DVD Commetary he did not understand the film at all. See more »

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Sir Henry: I never met a man I didn't mutilate.
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Gums ..................... Himself See more »

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References Zulu (1964) See more »

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Wheelbarrow
Written by Vivian Stanshall
By kind permission of Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
© 1978 Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
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brilliant low-budget absurdism
3 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

I've seen this movie twice and yet still can't make head or tail of it. However, that doesn't prevent it from being near on brilliant, perhaps the lamentably late Vivian Stanshall's masterpiece. Trevor Howard as Sir Henry rambles on pompously (and nonsensically) and maintains a bunker which houses two guys who pretend it's still World War II for Howard's sake. There's some sort of plot involving exorcising Howard's brother's ghost (played by Stanshall) and a sub-plot involving Patrick Magee as a Reverend up to no good (can't figure out what sort of no good, however). The extremely low production values add to the feeling of run-down old money that make this dada narrative so damn funny. It's also got some good music and Howard in blackface on a unicycle. Director Steve Roberts was responsible for writing the Max Headroom TV show, of which I have extremely fond but vague memories.


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