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Privates on Parade (1983)

R | | Comedy, Drama, War | 18 March 1983 (UK)
The members of SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) fall in and out of love while trying to dodge Malayan Communist bullets in the late 1940s. Not only that, they have to contend ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Pearson ...
Sergeant Steven Flowers
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Sergeant Major Reg Drummond
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Sergeant Len Bonny
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Captain Sholto Savory
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Acting Lieutenant Sylvia Morgan
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Sergeant Eric Young-Love
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Sergeant Charles Bishop
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Flight Sergeant Kevin Cartwright
Robin Langford ...
Electrician
Denis Quilley ...
Acting Captain Terri Dennis
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Pianist
Steve Dixon ...
Drummer
Jasper Jacob ...
Bass Player
Leonard Preston ...
Trombonist
Peter Hutchinson ...
Trumpet Player
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The members of SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) fall in and out of love while trying to dodge Malayan Communist bullets in the late 1940s. Not only that, they have to contend with a loony, bible bashing Major who creates far more danger than any of the jungle inhabitants. Only gay captain Dennis Quilley seems capable of coping with him but even he isn't aware of the cowardly Michael Elphick selling arms to the natives. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Malaysia, 1947. Some fought. Some danced.

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Comedy | Drama | War

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18 March 1983 (UK)  »

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Angyalbőrben  »

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The character Terri Dennis was inspired by Barri Chatt. See more »

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Acting Captain Terri Dennis: [dressed as Carmen Miranda, singing] Come and spend a week-a / Down in Costa Rica! / Come and lose / Your heart in Veracruz! / Think how you would bragua / In lovely Nicaragua! / That's the way to chase away the blues! / Down in old Havana, / Everything's 'manana'! / No-one work and everybody play! / How could you resist a / Weekend with Batista / The Latin American way!
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War in the Jungle
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Music by Charles Williams
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Doesn't work in the end
28 March 2002 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film might have proved funnier if the plot hadn't been ripped from "It Ain't Half Hot, Mum", which is about a gay song a dance troup in Malaya and their straight RSM. Trouble, It Ain't Half Hot was genuinely funny whereas POP can't decide whether it's British High Camp or a war film. (Of course, being High Camp, it will go straight over the heads of US audiences.)

It succeeds as a camp comedy in the beginning but fails as as a war movie. Some of the editing is risible -- looks as if the editor got a new wipe effects machine for Christmas. John Cleese reprises his role as Basil Fawlty, now in the army; he even gives us his Funny Walk from Python. Sheesh. Unfortunately he is just not a patch on the great Windsor Davies in the identical role in It Ain't Half Hot. The troup of actors is great and there are many famous faces therein.

Blooper: Although supposedly set in Singapore the actors are 'huffing' in several night scenes. Hmmm. Must have been cold at Pinewood those nights.

Summary -- Can't make up its mind what it wants to be and falls between two stools. Starts well and finishes disagreeably. A time filler only/


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