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28 February 1986 (UK) See more »
In the throes of a midlife crisis, a man buys a new Jaguar, and it immediately becomes his new love. What he doesn't know is that his wife is as attracted to the Jaguar salesman as he is to the car. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Julie Walters ... Jacqueline

Ian Charleson ... Gerald

Vincent Riotta ... Kevin (as Vincenzo Ricotta)
Stratford Johns ... Reg Sampson
Hazel O'Connor ... Maureen
Dave Hill ... Bill
Anthony O'Donnell ... Frederick
Vanessa Knox-Mawer ... Judy Monk
Roger Hume ... Mr. Hollybush
Veronica Clifford ... Mrs. Hollybush
Laurence Harrington ... Mr. Standish
John Blundell ... Mechanic 1
Jeff Hall ... Mechanic 2
Roy Barraclough ... Man with Dog
Sheila Bernette ... Wife
Sally Hughes ... Check-In Girl

Haydn Gwynne ... Ticket Girl
Charles Cook ... Policeman 1
Kit Jackson ... Policeman 2
Roger Blake ... Policeman 3
Roy Heather ... Ambulanceman 1
Michael Mears ... Ambulanceman 2
Dave Arlen ... Fireman 1
Michael Melia ... Fireman 2
Winston Crooke ... Tow Truck Driver
Betty Romaine ... Old Woman
Dave Cooper ... Man in Pub
Simon Vyvyan ... Tarquin
Justin Clark ... Jimmy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Ismay ... Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
David Green 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
A.J. Tipping 
James Whaley 

Produced by
Greg Di Santis .... producer
Judith Goldfarb .... co-executive producer
Howard Malin .... producer
Original Music by
Trevor Bastow 
Cinematography by
Michael Garfath 
Film Editing by
Barry Reynolds 
Production Design by
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski 
Art Direction by
Celia Barnett 
Makeup Department
Stevie Hall .... hair stylist
Vivien Placks .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Cotton .... second assistant director
Kevin Westley .... third assistant director
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director
Art Department
Karen Brookes .... production buyer
Jane Bruce .... set dresser
Rob Cox .... stand-by stagehand
John Haugh .... stand-by carpenter
Bob Hedges .... property master
Mark Hedges .... stand-by prop
Peter Hedges .... propman
Michael Packer .... propman
Bob Starrett .... stand-by painter
George Weller .... stand-by stagehand
Sound Department
Tony Anscombe .... dubbing mixer
Geoff R. Brown .... sound editor
John Chandler .... sound maintenance
Colin Codner .... boom operator
Mike Hopkins .... sound editor
David Old .... dubbing mixer
Aad Wirtz .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Ian Scoones .... special effects
Andrew Thompson .... special effects technician
Chris Verner .... special effects technician
Roy Alon .... stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunts
Colin Skeaping .... stunts
Tip Tipping .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Blake .... best boy
Tom Collins .... still photographer
Trevor Coop .... camera operator
John Deaton .... first assistant camera
Derek Gattrell .... gaffer (as Derek Gatrell)
Jim Monks .... camera grip
Graham Newton .... electrician
Fraser Taggart .... clapper loader
Bill Wolohan .... stand-by rigger
Jimmy Worley .... electrician
Editorial Department
Peter Christelis .... assistant editor
Peter Christian Clark .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Chris Dibble .... music recordist
Pete Lawton .... music coordinator
Roger Watson .... music coordinator
Ray Williams .... music coordinator
Other crew
Edward Harris .... production runner
Sheila Lazarus .... production accountant
Rachel Neale .... location manager
Sarah O'Brien .... production coordinator
Kim Potter .... production assistant
Jane Scott .... assistant accountant
Stan Wakefield .... production executive
Jackie Williams .... continuity
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs (uncredited)

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Better with Age, 19 April 2001
Author: richard studio2055 from Southern California

Julie Walters, who has gone on to bigger (well, more publicized) and better things, stars as a neglected housewife of an air controller. His new car is the focus of his life. He will not let her touch the bright red machine, but one day she takes it for a "spin." Trouble ensues, including two hilarious instances with a car salesman where they become a bit too "amorous" in the car. The ending fails to supply the climax most of the audience would want, but is nonetheless enjoyable. I would give this four out of five stars simply for the situations depicted. It's no classic, but certainly a lot of fun. Walters is as manic as usual. If you have a chance, see her in "Dinner Ladies," a British comedy series in which she plays the dissolute mother of the star (who also wrote the series). In Dinner Ladies she's neither classy or beautiful, but simply hilarious.

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