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The Chain (1984)

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Comedy featuring interweaving stories of seven households caught up in a property chain on moving day, each one dependent on the other.

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Comedy featuring interweaving stories of seven households caught up in a property chain on moving day, each one dependent on the other.

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13 March 1986 (Australia)  »

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Ein Umzug kommt selten allein  »

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Jack Rosenthal used the same character name, Bamber, for the head removal man in both this film (when he was played by 'Warren Mitchell') and in the TV series Moving Story (1994) (when he was played by Warren Clarke). In both cases, the character was a know-it-all who incessantly impressed (and bored!) his colleagues with his prodigious knowledge - hence the nickname "Bamber", a reference to Bamber Gascoigne, the questionmaster on University Challenge (1962). See more »

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Spin-off Moving Story (1994) See more »

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Karma Chameleon
Composed by Boy George (as O'Dowd), Roy Hay, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig,
Phil Pickett
Performed by Billie Whitelaw
Used by kind permission of Virgin Music (Publishers) Limited and Warner Bros. Music
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A great, grossly underrated British film
13 March 1999 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

The sort of film that reminds us that a nice story and a great cast still make a great film.

The film centres around a group of Londoners who run across the social spectrum who are all moving home on the same day, some of whom are being ably assisted by a gang of removal-men fronted by Warren Mitchell.

Among others, notable appearances from Nigel Hawthorne, playing a socially obsessed miser, Leo Mckern as a plutocrat who's decided to go back to his roots, and of course Mitchell himself who is clearly the wisest person in the whole film.

The pace is excellent and the characters well realised - and for anyone who loves seeing London on film it's a treat too.

It's a charming and very humanitarian film that you'll enjoy immensely if you allow it to.


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