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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Wolf ...
David Troughton ...
Jade Magri ...
Maurice Denham ...
Mr. Thorn
Mrs. Andreos
Matthew Blakstad ...
Charlotte Long ...
Herbert Norville ...


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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Release Date:

13 March 1986 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Umzug kommt selten allein  »

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Last feature film of Mark Dignam. See more »


Spin-off Moving Story (1994) See more »


The Chain
Performed by Barbara Dickson
Written and Composed by Barbara Dickson, Jack Rosenthal and Stanley Myers
Published by Filmtrax/B.A.T. Music/Quintet
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Removals in London
31 January 2001 | by (London , England) – See all my reviews

The Chain is a film that I can only describe as a gem. It is set in London in the Thatcher era , and does not shirk in its light critical observation of a London at a time of polarised beliefs and values.

The film is not just a journey of London Boroughs , but a journey to the very inner motivations and ideals of the class-ridden characters portrayed in the film. The writer uses the Biblical seven deadly sins in which to drive the film along . Warren Mitchell is superb as Bamber , the leader of the removal crew. A philosopher who never loses his sight of humanity , somehow makes sense of the most complex insecure people and situations that surround him in the day. My favourite line is "I've got my bricklaying at two". This underlined the Black Economy that existed in London , during a period of economic uncertainty. A must see , for any film buff into social criticism of the eighties.

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