6.6/10
1,921
21 user 18 critic

A Private Function (1984)

R | | Comedy | 1 March 1985 (USA)
Trailer
2:33 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
In post-war Britain, food rationing continues, leading a married couple to become involved in the flourishing bacon black market.

Director:

Writers:

, (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1905, after 10 years of missionary work in Africa, the Rev. Charles Fortesque is recalled to England, where his bishop gives him his new assignment - to minister to London's prostitutes.... See full summary »

Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Trevor Howard
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

She falls in love with a broken down former NYC hotel doorman, who tells Judith vaguely that he was in the hotel business.

Director: Jack Clayton
Stars: Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Wendy Hiller
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story of the rise of a madame of a suburban brothel catering to older men, inspired by the real experiences of Cynthia Payne.

Director: Terry Jones
Stars: Julie Walters, Alec McCowen, Shirley Stelfox
Scandal (1989)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Based on the Profumo Scandal of 1963, an affair between an exotic dancer and the Minister of War shakes up the British government.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: John Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labour union.

Director: John Boulting
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers
Lily in Love (1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Broadway star Fitzroy Wynn is thrilled when his wife Lily writes a new script with a brilliant lead role. While ego-centric Fitz thinks himself perfect for the role, Lily dashes his hopes ... See full summary »

Director: Károly Makk
Stars: Christopher Plummer, Maggie Smith, Elke Sommer
Clockwise (1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An obsessively punctual comprehensive school headmaster sets out to give an important speech at the annual Headmasters' Conference.

Director: Christopher Morahan
Stars: John Cleese, Penny Leatherbarrow, Howard Lloyd-Lewis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two men show up claiming to be the grandfather of a child heiress.

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: David Niven, Art Carney, Maggie Smith
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Documentary on the life and times of Ken Loach. His politics in British TV and Cinema and the chaos he has caused the establishment for 50 years.

Director: Louise Osmond
Stars: Ken Loach, Jim Allen, Lesley Ashton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Brothers from a Welsh village take their first trip to London to collect a prize, and meet a con artist and sundry other urban distractions.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Donald Houston, Meredith Edwards, Moira Lister
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Following the death of his family in an aeroplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Tuchner
Stars: Barry Newman, Suzy Kendall, John Vernon
Edit

Cast

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
...
Philip Whileman ...
Preston Sutcliff (as Philip Wileman)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Vicious, Delicious and Tasteless.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Función privada  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was made in the tradition of the classic English Ealing comedies of old. See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »


Soundtracks

Rose of England
Music by Ivor Novello
Played on piano by Maggie Smith
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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


16 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Brilliantly done... HarrietZ
Harrison voice cameo! rickmojo
Depressing but good Kissmyface
She's 74 SissyGoforth
Unique credit uisliu
Discuss A Private Function (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?