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Britannia Hospital (1982)

R | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 27 May 1982 (UK)
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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Dr. MacMillan: Medicos
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Sir Geoffrey: Medicos
Marsha A. Hunt ...
Nurse Amanda Persil: Medicos (as Marsha Hunt)
Catherine Willmer ...
Dr. Houston: Medicos
Mary MacLeod ...
Casualty Sister: Medicos
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Sharkey: The Unions
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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 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 <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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The film's interior scenes were filmed at studios in Wembley, London. The exterior shots - of which there were many - were filmed at Barnet Frier Hospital, New Southgate, north of London. The hospital continued to operate normally throughout the filming in September 1981, although some disruption was inevitable: the hospital's green fields were covered with marquees, providing dressing rooms, toilets and wardrobe facilities, and a kitchen to feed the 500 cast and 200 crew was installed in the grounds. Near the entrance, a pair of gatehouses and two tall wrought-iron gates were erected, to be knocked down by the stampede of protesters at the end of the film. The hospital itself was chosen because of its impressive Victorian architecture - albeit not quite Britannia's 500 years old - and it received a payment of £5,000 for its involvement. See more »

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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 »

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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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Featured in Free Cinema (1986) See more »

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Rule Britannia
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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne and lyrics by James Thomson
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4 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Anderson's dark satire on politics within a hospital (perhaps after the apocalypse) falls slightly flat only for those familiar with the 2 exceptional films that this one is ostensibly a sequel to. The humor here is even more extreme and grotesque than in "O Lucky Man" -- at one point the hero's head is cut off and placed on a substitute body. Hamill is amusing as a news technician too stoned to save MacDowell, or even himself, from the lunacy. Unfortunately, the script relies on "joke jokes" and has too little of an emotional center (MacDowell's character is taken out of the center of things here for some reason, perhaps budgetary). Nice photography. Fans of sadistic humor should get a great kick out of it, but "O Lucky Man" and "If....." are in every way superior.


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