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Stiff Upper Lips (1998)

R | | Comedy | 12 June 1998 (UK)
Aunt Agnes vainly tries to force Emily to marry boring Cedric by taking them to Italy and India hoping that Emily will forget about the handsome George.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Artus ...
Hurdler
Kevin Furlong ...
Hurdler
Nicholas Selby ...
Don 1
John Boswall ...
Don 2
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Edward
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Cedric
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Aunt Agnes
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Emily
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Hudson Junior
Jon Croft ...
Station Master
Charles Simon ...
Hudson Senior
Anna Livia Ryan ...
Rosie
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George
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Eric
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His Butler's Voice
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Storyline

Young upper-class fellow Edward arrives with his friend Cedric at the family manse, Ivory Hall. He plans to pair off Cedric with his sister Emily. Emily, on the other hand, falls in love with a son of local peasant, George. Old Aunt Agnes sends all the bunch off, first to Italy and then to India, so Emily would forget George, who is an undesirable partner for her because of class differences, and choose Cedric. Written by Anonymous

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I want my sexual awakening and I want it now!

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

12 June 1998 (UK)  »

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Period!  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£78,162 (UK) (14 June 1998)

Gross:

$68,750 (USA) (6 February 2000)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prunella Scales (Aunt Agnes) and Samuel West (Edward) are real-life mother and son. See more »

Quotes

Emily Ivory: [to George after he saves her from drowning in the lake] In fact, Cedric saved my life by shouting so bravely.
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Connections

Spoofs The Jewel in the Crown (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule, Britannia
by Thomas Augustine Arne (as Thomas Arne)
Arranged by David A. Hughes (as Hughes) & John Murphy (as Murphy)
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What a carry on!
19 November 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is a glorious tribute to so many 'stiff' period pieces as well as such comedies as 'Carry on up the Kyber'. It is also beautiful to watch with real locations used in the UK, Italy and India (rather than at the back of Shepperton studios).

While the plot may lag in some places, the references and in-jokes are so dense that you can blink and miss many of them.

The list of movies and television series that are lampooned is massive, but a few include 'Chariots of Fire', 'Brideshead Revisited', anything with Helena Bonham-Carter, 'Upstairs Downstairs', 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Gandhi'.

Peter Ustinov (Horace) letches like Sid James, Prunella Scales (Aunt Agnes) stands her ground like Joan Sims, Sam West (Edward) bumbles like Charles Hawtree and Robert Portal (Cedric) sneers almost like Kenneth Williams. Sean Pertwee (George) saves the day a la Jim Dale and Georgina Cates (Emily) is feisty like Barbara Windsor etc. etc.

The scene where Cedric meets Aunt Agnes is priceless, if only for the 'Daughter of Zeus' gag.

'Stiff Upper Lips' is definitely worth seeing more than once.


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