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The Knowledge (1979)

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

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Cast

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Mr. Burgess
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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
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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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Storyline

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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Mister Burgess' Tour  »

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

Quotes

Mr. Burgess: If you're a genius it might take you a year. On the other hand it might take you two, or even or ten. And if it looks like it's going to take you longer than that I should chuck it in and take up ballet dancing instead.
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The Knowledge
Music by Jeff Wayne
Lyrics by Jack Rosenthal
Sung by Mick Ford
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All human life is there....
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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