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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:
Mr. Burgess
Mick Ford ...
Chris Matthews
Kim Taylforth ...
Ted Margolies
Gordon Weller
Brenda Weller
Lesley Joseph ...
June Watson ...
Philippa Howell ...
Miss Stavely
Gary Holton ...
Eddie Hairstyle
Natalie Ann King ...
Margaret Louise
Nigel Humphreys ...
Ivan Steward ...
Tim Stern ...


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 <>

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1979 (UK)  »

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Mister Burgess' Tour  »

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The first production by Euston Films to make use of Steadicam. See more »


Gordon Weller: Ignorance is bliss. My wife is completely blissful about the whole thing.
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The Knowledge
Music by Jeff Wayne
Lyrics by Jack Rosenthal
Sung by Mick Ford
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24 January 2007 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I was delighted to see this gem of a film available on DVD. Despite being a 'TV Movie' and shot on 16mm, it provided a wonderful insight into the different types of people who wanted to become a 'London cabbie', along with their foibles and family commitments. Even the most hapless of candidates, 'Titanic' with his uncommunicative wife, it was possible to see how Jack Rosenthal was able to craft an often funny and sometimes tragic snippet of London life into an entertaining 90 minutes.

Originally premiered as a vehicle for Mick Ford (pun intended), the quality of the acting from an ensemble cast including Michael Elphic, Nigel Hawthorne, Jonathan Lynn, Lesley Joseph and Maureen Lipman (Mrs Rosenthal) meant Mick may have had top billing, but he had to work hard in the face of such competing talents.

Even 15 years after its 1991 release, it is still as fresh as ever!

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