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The Knowledge (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama  -  1979 (UK)
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Four men attempt "The Knowledge" examination to qualify as London taxi drivers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mr. Burgess
Mick Ford ...
Chris Matthews
Kim Taylforth ...
Janet
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Ted Margolies
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Titanic
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Gordon Weller
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Brenda Weller
Lesley Joseph ...
Val
June Watson ...
Lilian
Philippa Howell ...
Miss Stavely
Gary Holton ...
Eddie Hairstyle
Natalie Ann King ...
Margaret Louise
Nigel Humphreys ...
Harry
Ivan Steward ...
Cliff
Tim Stern ...
Stan
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Follows a out of work Londoner looking for a job. Applies for the "Knowledge", which is learning all the streets and routes through Greater London. Takes about 2 years and when you are proficient, you are London Cabby Written by <rick@cougar.multiline.com.au>

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Gordon Weller: Ignorance is bliss. My wife is completely blissful about the whole thing.
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The Knowledge
Lyrics by Jack Rosenthal
Sung by Mick Ford
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One of the most memorable and enjoyable films I have ever seen.
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I must have seen this on the television when it was first broadcast some decades ago. I thought it was brilliant then, and as I remember so much of it now I may have been right. While I have lived in and around London I cannot call myself a Londoner and do not know it at all well - who does other than taxi drivers? Once the viewer understands the premise; that here is a group of men trying to learn the seemingly unlearn-able and rise to the status of demigods, then the rest is sheer joy. The characters are well contrasted, their family relationships are equally diverse, and so differently affected by the events of the film. Don't think this is a documentary - it is pure drama, and The Knowledge is one of the characters. I have never seen anything like this film, before or since. Watch it!


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