A Private Function (1984)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  11 March 1985 (USA)
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1947 in a small town in England. The war has been won two years ago, but there's still rationing of meat. When princess Elizabeth is going to marry, a group of businessmen wants to impress ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Allardyce the Accountant
Leonard Sutcliff the Farmer
John Normington ...
Liz Smith ...
Mrs. Allardyce
Inspector Noble
Douglas J. Nuttol the Butcher
Eileen O'Brien ...
Mrs. Sutcliff
Rachel Davies ...
Mrs. Forbes, Wormold's Landlady
Reece Dinsdale ...
Philip Whileman ...
Preston Sutcliff (as Philip Wileman)


1947 in a small town in England. The war has been won two years ago, but there's still rationing of meat. When princess Elizabeth is going to marry, a group of businessmen wants to impress (or probably bribe) the local government by giving a big party. They want to slaughter an illegally raised pig for this event. Unfortunately someone steals the pig. Written by Anonymous

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Vicious, Delicious and Tasteless.




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11 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Función privada  »

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The movie did not feature any other actors from the Monty Python comedy troupe other than Michael Palin. See more »


Morris Wormold the Meat Inspector: My experience has been, Mrs Forbes, that when people say they are only human, it's because they have been making beasts of themselves.
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References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »


Rose of England
Music by Ivor Novello
Played on piano by Maggie Smith
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Porcine Perfection
26 December 2000 | by (Wellington New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Why do I love this movie sooooo much. Because it is one of the most delightful movies ever made.

From the opening shots of Dame Maggie Smith and her aged mother (Liz Smith) jostling for space on the Wurlitzer seat to the closing shots of Michael Palin and Richard Griffiths looking sadly at Betty on the platter this is a movie where every scene has something new.

The contents of Michael Palin's lunch box, Richard Griffiths popping his little trotter over the edge of the chair to get a chocolate for Betty, Liz Smith checking her nightgown for malodorous fumes, Bill Paterson and his wonderful artistry with green paint ( don't miss this line its great), Michael Palin's overt Pythonesque chiropodist sign, and Liz Smiths startled look watching him clean it, these are just a taste of the subtle visual and aural moments that make this movie magic (moments that obviously went completely over the head of a previous reviewer).

Alan Bennetts plot is original and actually believable, as snobbery of all kinds can be found alive and well in any nation in the world at any time, and Denholm Elliot and Dame Maggie Smith would have to be crowned the King and Queen of snobbery for their efforts in this.

Many people read some books over and over This is a movie I watch over and over. I have this movie on Video and I shall definitely be buying it on DVD as well

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