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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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Intellectual Animals UK advised producer Mark Shivas to use pigs that were female and only six months old as male pigs might be too aggressive and older pigs were much more difficult to handle.See more »
Joyce Chilvers:I want a future that lives up to my past.See more »
Movie Connections:
Rose of EnglandSee more »


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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Porcine Perfection, 26 December 2000
Author: taita from Wellington New Zealand

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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