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Experience Preferred... But Not Essential (1982)

 -  Drama  -  22 December 1982 (UK)
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A shy, introverted young girl takes a summer job at a seaside resort in Wales. She finds the staff, the owners and patrons unlike anyone she has ever met before.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Edmonds ...
Annie
Sue Wallace ...
Mavis
Geraldine Griffiths ...
Doreen
Karen Meagher ...
Paula
Maggie Wilkinson ...
Arlene
Ron Bain ...
Mike
Alun Lewis ...
Hywel
Robert Blythe ...
Ivan
Roy Heather ...
Wally
Peter Doran ...
Dai
Arwen Holm ...
Helen
Sion Tudor Owen ...
Nin
Robert Gwilym ...
Gareth
Mostyn Evans ...
Now
Paul Haley ...
Mr. Howard
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A shy, introverted young girl takes a summer job at a seaside resort in Wales. She finds the staff, the owners and patrons unlike anyone she has ever met before.

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A delicious new comedy from the producer of "Chariots of Fire" and "Local Hero."

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22 December 1982 (UK)  »

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Released theatrically in the U.S., but not before it gained cult-status on public television showings. See more »

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Doreen: [regarding her roommates late-night antics with her boyfriend] It's like a Swedish film in there! I feel sea-sick.
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References Tea and Sympathy (1956) See more »

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Absolutely Delightful
26 December 2000 | by (Wellington New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Annie is a student in the sixties. She has temporarily departed from academia to take a summer job at a seaside hotel in Wales. This movie follows Annie's relationships and interaction with the other members of staff and the outcome of their various dilemmas. That might sound a little heavy bearing in mind that this is a comedy, but it is witty, amusing and totally delightful.

The staff at the hotel are made up of a chatty Scots chef, a brash waitress and her abusive Elvis lookalike boyfriend, the roommate who closes her ears to the noises taking place right next to her, another roommate that closes her eyes to the nightly view of the sleepwalking nudist, the receptionist who is on extremely good terms with the hotel manager and the waitress who ran away from home at the age of 36.

Each of these characters and their life experiences make such an impression on the blank page that is Annie that when she leaves she is a different girl. A brief but enchanting gem of a movie.


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