Britannia Hospital (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  27 May 1982 (UK)
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Mick Travis is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society. It's the day when Her Royal Highness is ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Potter
Brian Pettifer ...
John Moffatt ...
Greville Figg
Chief Superintendant Johns
Vivian Pickles ...
Barbara Hicks ...
Miss Tinker
Jill Bennett ...
Dr. MacMillan
Peter Jeffrey ...
Sir Geoffrey
Marsha A. Hunt ...
Nurse Amanda Persil (as Marsha Hunt)
Catherine Willmer ...
Dr. Houston
Mary MacLeod ...
Casualty Sister
Phyllis Grimshaw
Dave Atkins ...


Mick Travis is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society. It's the day when Her Royal Highness is to visit the hospital to inaugurate a new wing, where advanced (and sinister) scientific experiments led by Prof. Millar will take place. Everybody in the hospital, from the cooks who refuse to cook, to the painters who couldn't care less to get their job done, to an African cannibalistic dictator (a la Amin Dada) whom demonstrators want expelled from the hospital and tried, will contribute to making HRH's visit (and Mick Travis's life) a true nightmare. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <>

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27 May 1982 (UK)  »

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Britannia Hospital - festdagen  »

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Mark Hamill accompanied Malcolm McDowell, a good friend, to London purely for a leisure trip, and ended up being cast alongside him in the film. See more »


At 1:16:05, Dr Millar chops off a certain character's head with a meat cleaver and then raises the cleaver to show it spotlessly clean. See more »


Professor Millar: Friends! Fellow Members of the Human Race! We are gathered here for a purpose. Let us look together at Mankind. What do we see? We see Mastery. What wonders Mankind can perform. He can cross the oceans and continents today, as easily as our grandfathers crossed the street. Tomorrow he will as easily cross the vast territories of space. He can make deserts FERTILE and plant cabbages on the Moon. And what does man CHOOSE? Alone among the creatures of this world, the Human Race CHOOSES to ...
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Follows If.... (1968) See more »


Sung by Gillian Knight
Arranged and conducted by Derek Wadsworth
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My brief review of the film
28 April 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

After satirising Britain's education system in 'If....' and the British justice system in 'O Lucky Man!', Lindsay Anderson takes a look at the health care system in this final part of his trilogy with Malcolm McDowell. It is not as effectively dramatic as 'If....', nor is it as delightfully whimsical as 'O Lucky Man!', but even if slightly inferior, this is a good film in itself, full of fascinating ideas and colourful characters. It is quite interesting to watch throughout, although a bit excessively disgusting and over-the-top at times, and in general it is a fairly solid conclusion to perhaps the oddest trilogy that has ever been filmed.

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