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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Ralph Rawlinson
Ben Aris ...
Lord Tarquin of Staines
Lady Phillipa of Staines
Peregrine Maynard
Susan Porrett ...


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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Often described as being in the style of The Goon Show (1968), with The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959) starring Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan preceding it in theaters, the movie was first released theatrically in the same 1980 year that Sellers passed away. See more »


Sir Henry: If a thing is worth doing, it is worth forcing someone else to do it.
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Written by Vivian Stanshall
By kind permission of Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
© 1978 Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
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Warning: entering Viv Stanshall's mind
20 May 2001 | by (Tasmania) – See all my reviews

It's 18 years since I saw Sir Henry at the cinema. My friends and I had to go two nights in a row, just to make sure we hadn't imagined it the first time.

Sir Henry is a stroll through the mind of Director, writer, performer, and Bonzo Dog Band frontman Vivan Stanshall's mind - which, by the early 80's, was probably coming seriously unravelled. Fans of hard-core British surrealism absolutely must see this movie. Everyone else should probably avoid it. Rooms filled with rotting fruit, ghostly mechanical bulldogs, face-jumping competitions, and not least of all Sir Henry's Brother Hubert (Viv), who goes fishing for hairdressers. Stanshall's humour has far more in common with Dali than with Eddie Murphy, and the overwhelming majority of (at least, American) filmgoers will simply be stupified.

A few things should be said about sir Henry. First, Trevor Howard, in the lead role, plays such a magnificent drunk that it's a little hard to believe he was putting it on (I do believe it was his last movie.) Secondly, the film alternately plods and lurches in such a fashion that , as with early Woody Allen films, you'll find yourself sitting through a fair bit of material that doesn't work, just for the blinding moments when it comes together. Thirdly, as wonderful as this movie is (and despite its faults, my memory insists it _is_ quite wonderful), it isn't as good as the album. Sir Henry the film is terrific. Sir Henry the LP is a comic masterpiece; Stanshall's finest moment.

8 out of 10.

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