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The script took three years to complete.
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According to "Story Of The Scene: 'A Private Function', Malcolm Mowbray, 1984" published in the 25 April 2008 edition of 'The Independent', actress "'Maggie Smith' found herself obliged to vault over the back of one porker when she was hemmed in during one kitchen scene, and everyone on set was traumatized by their earthy nature". The pigs used in the movie were "unpredictable and often quite dangerous".
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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.
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In supporting roles, the movie featured two English actors who would become more prominent with the public after this picture. They were British thesps Richard Griffiths and Pete Postlethwaite. Both sadly passed away at about the same age of 64 - 65 during the early 2010s.
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Denholm Elliott replaced Ian Richardson who pulled out owing to a prior commitment to a TV series in the U.S.
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The German title of the movie is 'Magere Zeiten', which translates roughly as 'Lean Times' (or 'Hard Times'): the film is set during a period when food was heavily rationed in the United Kingdom.
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The name of the pig was Betty.
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Three pigs were used in the making of the movie.
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The film was adapted as a musical for London's West End in 2011 opening in April of that year under the new title of "Betty Blue Eyes".
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For the scene where Betty the Pig needed to travel in a car towards the end of the movie, the pig would not co-operate and initially would not get into the vehicle. The set-up required the porker to ride in the back-seat, but when the pig did get in, it then jumped into the front seat, and onto the lap of actor Michael Palin, who stunned, sat their grinning.
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Debut produced movie screenplay of television writer Alan Bennett.
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The film was made in the tradition of the classic English Ealing comedies of old.
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The movie was set in post-World War II Yorkshire in 1947. At this time, the film's writer, Alan Bennett, was a teenager living there.
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Debut theatrical feature film directed by Malcolm Mowbray.
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The movie did not feature any other actors from the Monty Python comedy troupe other than Michael Palin.
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Second of two star teamings of actress Maggie Smith and actor Michael Palin. The first was The Missionary (1982) around two years earlier. Actor Denholm Elliott appeared in both movies as well, as did another, Charles McKeown.
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Made and released around nine years before Babe (1995).
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The movie was nominated for 5 BAFTA Awards including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay (Alan Bennett). The picture won three BAFTAs, Best Actress (Maggie Smith), Best Supporting Actress (Liz Smith) and Best Supporting Actor (Denholm Elliott). As such, both actress acting BAFTAs for this movie were won by actresses who were last named "Smith".
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Unlike most other solo ventures of the era helmed by one of the Monty Python comedy troupe, such as Brazil (1985), Yellowbeard (1983), Jabberwocky (1977), Time Bandits (1981), Erik the Viking (1989) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988), which all featured at least two Python performers on the cast, this film of Michael Palin only featured the one Python actor, as did John Cleese's Clockwise (1986) and Palin's earlier The Missionary (1982).
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The film was selected to screen in the prestigious "Un Certain Regard" strand at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985.
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According to writer Alan Bennett, the final scene (of Gilbert and Allardyce with the piglet) was added after the producers thought the ending too downbeat.
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