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11 March 1985 (USA) See more »
Vicious, Delicious and Tasteless.
1947 in a small town in England. The war has been won two years ago, but there's still rationing of meat... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Michael Palin ... Gilbert Chilvers

Maggie Smith ... Joyce Chilvers

Denholm Elliott ... Dr. Charles Swaby

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Allardyce the Accountant

Tony Haygarth ... Leonard Sutcliff the Farmer
John Normington ... Frank Lockwood the Solicitor

Bill Paterson ... Morris Wormold the Meat Inspector
Liz Smith ... Joyce's Mother

Alison Steadman ... Mrs. Allardyce

Jim Carter ... Inspector Noble

Pete Postlethwaite ... Douglas J. Nuttol the Butcher
Eileen O'Brien ... Mrs. Sutcliff
Rachel Davies ... Mrs. Forbes, Wormold's Landlady
Reece Dinsdale ... P.C. Penny
Philip Whileman ... Preston Sutcliff (as Philip Wileman)
Charles McKeown ... Medcalf a Butcher
Susan Porrett ... Mrs. Dorcus Medcalf
Donald Eccles ... Dorcus' Father
Denys Hawthorne ... Grand Hotel Manager
Don Estelle ... Barraclough a Butcher
Eli Woods ... Ernest
Amanda Gregan ... Veronica Allardyce
Paula Tilbrook ... Mrs. Turnbull, a Chilvers Neighbor

Bernard Wrigley ... Painter
Lee Daley ... Painter's Boy
Gilly Coman ... Dorothy, Allardyce's Secretary
Maggie Ollerenshaw ... Woman
Josie Lane ... Mrs. Beavers
David Morgan ... Marvin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Prince Philip ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Malcolm Mowbray 
Writing credits
Alan Bennett (written by)

Alan Bennett (story) &
Malcolm Mowbray (story)

Produced by
George Harrison .... executive producer
Denis O'Brien .... executive producer
Mark Shivas .... producer
Original Music by
John Du Prez 
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Barrie Vince 
Casting by
Michelle Guish 
Debbie McWilliams 
Production Design by
Stuart Walker 
Art Direction by
Judith Lang 
Michael Porter 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
Makeup Department
Jan Archibald .... hair stylist
Christine Beveridge .... makeup supervisor
Joan Hills .... makeup artist
Elizabeth Moss .... hair stylist
Anita Pickles .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ann Wingate .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Godden .... third assistant director
Chris Thompson .... second assistant director
Guy Travers .... first assistant director
Art Department
Alan Bailey .... property master
John Bailey .... dressing props
Frank Berlin .... painter
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Trevor Dyer .... stand-by carpenter
Tom Hughes .... painter
Roger Hume .... production buyer
Eddie McMahon .... stand-by props
Malcolm Roberts .... construction supervisor
Keith Smith .... stagehand
Jeffrey Witts .... dressing props
Sound Department
Clive Barrett .... assistant sound editor
Nigel Galt .... sound editor
Robert Gavin .... sound editor
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist
Stephen Janisz .... sound editor (as Steve Janisz)
Richard King .... dubbing mixer
Michael Redfern .... sound editor (as Mike Redfern)
Rosie Straker .... assistant sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Arnold .... electrician
John Cantwell .... electrician
David Farrell .... still photographer
Joe Felix .... grip
Peter James .... clapper loader
Larry Knox .... generator operator
Malcolm MacIntosh .... camera operator
Derek Suter .... clapper loader
Mark White .... camera car grip
Micky Woolaard .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ken Crouch .... wardrobe assistant (as Kenny Crouch)
Janet Tebrooke .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Scott Thomas .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ray Cooper .... music producer
John Du Prez .... conductor
Dick Lewzey .... music recordist
Other crew
Billy Bell .... technical advisor
Jill Bennett .... assistant production accountant
Brian Brockwell .... production accountant
Gerry Cott .... animal trainer
Liz Ferwell .... financial controller
Joanna Gollins .... location manager
Ralph Graham .... chiropodist
Britt Harrison .... unit runner
Tamara Ingram .... assistant to producer
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Ginny Roncoroni .... production assistant
Wendy Tayler .... publicist
Alison Thorne .... continuity

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94 min | USA:93 min
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The script took three years to complete.See more »
Joyce Chilvers:I want a future that lives up to my past.See more »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A very good, typical British comedy, 19 July 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

This movie already had everything to please me before I even started watching it. Knowing that this was a British comedy, was already enough for me to decide that I wanted to see it, but that it was situated in the first post-WWII years, only made it even more interesting for me. I'm very interested in that time period, but in my opinion there aren't enough good movies about it. However, it's not because I think that I'll like a movie, that I'll automatically give it a good rating. I still need to watch it first.

"A Private Function" is situated in a small town in England in 1947. Even though the war is over for about two years, there still is a rationing of meat and more in particular of pork. The butchers and farmers are severely controlled in order to prevent the start of a black market, but the rules aren't always obeyed. When Princess Elizabeth is going to marry, a local group of businessmen and notables are organizing a party to impress the local government. They have a pig illegally raised and want to slaughter it for the event. But just before the party, the pig is stolen by Gilbert Chilvers on the instigation of his wife and his mother-in-law, who can't live with the idea that they no longer belong to the notables of the community and therefore can't get more meat...

If you like the typical British humor, than this is definitely a movie you shouldn't miss. Especially when they keep the pig in their own house, you can be sure of some hilarious scenes. One reviewer said that you shouldn't watch it when you don't like toilet humor. I'm afraid I can't follow him in that opinion. I don't like that kind of humor at all, but it never was shown in this movie either. It's just insinuated and that's why I could live with it without any problem. Another good reason why you should give this movie a try is the acting. Michael Palin is excellent as the somewhat quiet, but lovable husband who does everything his wife - Maggie Smith plays that role really very well - wants him to do. But the other actors, even though most of them aren't very famous, are very good and interesting to watch.

All in all this is a comedy that deserves a lot more attention than what it has received so far. I really enjoyed watching it and regularly had a good laugh. What more can you possibly want from a comedy? A good story and some fine acting? They are all in it as well and that's why I give this movie a 7.5/10.

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