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A Private Function (1984)

R | | Comedy | 1 March 1985 (USA)
In post-war Britain, food rationing continues, leading a married couple to become involved in the flourishing bacon black market.

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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 (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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$25,333 (USA) (3 March 1985)

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$2,527,088 (USA)
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Screenwriter Alan Bennett wrote the part of P.C. Penny for Reece Dinsdale. Thirty years later, Dinsdale went on to play Bennett in the play "Untold Stories."

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Dr. Charles Swaby: Now, under this National Health Service, any poorly little pillock can come into my surgery and say "I'm ill! Treat me!" Honestly, sometimes I wonder what the last war was FOR.
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Rose of England
Music by Ivor Novello
Played on piano by Maggie Smith
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Not for the faint of heart, but absolutely hilarious
2 March 1999 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is one of those very droll, and sometimes bizarre British comedies that is absurdly funny. The plot centers around a couple in the days right before Elizabeth II's coronation and the machinations of a social climbing Maggie Smith who equates pork with prestige. She manages to get her henpecked husband (Michael Palin) to kidnap a pig, and well the rest just needs to be experienced. I thought the movie was hilarious, but I have known others who found it just plain ridiculous. Those who disapprove of bathroom humor need not see this one.


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