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P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang. (1982)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  3 November 1982 (UK)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Albasiny ...
Abigail Cruttenden ...
Ann Lawton
Maurice Dee ...
Geoffrey Whitaker
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Miss Land
Mark Brailsford ...
Abbo
Christopher Karallis ...
Shaz (as Chris Karallis)
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Eunice
Robert Urquhart ...
Headmaster
Garry Cooper ...
Tommy
Maurice O'Connell ...
Gym Teacher
Tim Seeley ...
French Master
Richenda Carey ...
Botany Teacher
Peter Dean ...
Police Officer
Dave Atkins ...
Fish Shop Owner
Eric Richard ...
Road Worker
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The plot of one of the early Channel Four films is sweet and simple. Boy likes girl at school, but is too embarrassed to confront her. Alan relates everything to a running cricket commentary (provided superbly by John Arlott) right up to the will he, won't he finale, when he has to kiss Ann in a school play. Written by Paul Batey

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Kipperbang  »

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The meaning and relevance of the "P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang" phrase of the film's title is that it is a group of words which are used by Alan Duckworth (John Albasiny) and the members of his school gang as a secret password. See more »

Goofs

When Alan, Ann and Geoffrey walk home from school after rehearsing for the school play, the top deck of a modern (probably 1970s vintage) double-decker bus is visible at the far end of the alley. In the same scene, opposite the side-road that leads to the alley, is a modern Warboys-design (post-1964) "no cycling" sign. See more »

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[as he is walking to school, Alan flamboyantly bowls an imaginary cricket ball, and pulls a muscle. As he hops around in agony he sees two workmen watching him]
Alan: Aaaargh! It's cramp! Bloody hell-fire and scrotums.
Road Worker: Millions of pounds on education.
Road Worker: It'll be with him living under the shadow of the Bomb, I expect.
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Great atmosphere, iffy plot
19 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An enjoyable movie, without a doubt, and very evocative of both its era and that very particular stage in any boy's 'rites of passage'. But I have to say that having read the very positive comments here, I was a bit disappointed. The period was captured, but the plot was desperately thin. The whole thing revolves around the most egregious bit of miscasting in the history of school plays. The idea that quack quack would ever be chosen to play not only one of only three star turns, but a philanderer, is risible. And without that, nada. The sub-plots bore no relation that I could see to the main plot - all of them could be removed in their entirety without in any way affecting the main story - which surely suggests a fundamental flaw. When all your sub-plots look like padding, you know a central idea is being stretched beyond its limits. Nevertheless, it's a benign movie with its heart in the right place, there are some fine performances, and you just get the feeling that everyone involved felt deflated at the final 'cut!' That good feeling permeates the film. And that has to count for something. A flawed really quite good movie. 7 out of 10.


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