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Great comedy
filmbuff19703 June 2004
This is a great comedy, highlighting what it was like to live next door to racist bigot. But also shows that both main characters are actually as bad as each other. Based on the hit ITV comedy, this is very politically incorrect. And its all the better for it, comedy after all is to entertain. The movies only real drawback is there isnt much of a plot. However the cast are as great as usual. Jack Smethurst and Rudolph Walker make one hell of a team, playing off each other in a oneupmanship kind of way.It's been many years since i saw this movie and last week was finally able to buy it on dvd. The fact that the movie still contains genuine laugh out loud moments, means that i can recommend this movie, just like i would of back in the 1970's.
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Good comedy
RLARKT1997 June 2004
Good comedy of a popular television series that ran in England in the 1970's. a Somewhat controversial in its day,kept the British viewers glued to their television sets. This popular series is now available on DVD in the United Kingdom. Individuals who have region-free DVD players can order these DVD episodes from the video on-line shops in the U.K. People whishing to watch clean violent free entertainment will probably enjoy these DVD episodes. Video tapes of Love thy neighbour are also available. Jack Smethurst,Rudolph Walker,Nina Baden-Semper,and Kate Williams are the main actors in this series. Rudolph Walker appeared in the popular series,The blue thin line about 25 years later. He has also appeared in several episodes of the popular British police series,The Bill. After this series began in England,the U.S.A.and Australia produced their own versions. After a few episodes in the U.S.A. the series was cancelled. The Australia version was quite popular in Australia.
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It's competition time!
RaspberryLucozade18 May 2015
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'Love Thy Neighbour' had only been on television a year when Hammer Films bought the rights to make it into a movie. As the film adaptions of 'On The Buses' and 'Steptoe & Son' went down well, it made sense to adapt 'Love Thy Neighbour' to the big screen. It was successful but did not do the big business that the previous film adaptions did, mainly due to the fact that the 'Love Thy Neighbour' film largely consisted of gags that were already used in the series, so in effect the public were paying to watch something they'd already seen on television.

After a curious scene at the beginning in which we see a spate of black and white neighbours fighting with each other ( brought on by a fight Eddie and Bill were having ), we are on to the main part of the movie. Joan and Barbie enter a competition held by 'The Gazette' to find the best neighbours, the prize being a luxury Medditeranian cruise. Will Eddie and Bill be able to keep up the pretence of being good friends or will they be rumbled?

A plot from a series one episode in which Eddie and Bill pretend to be on union business whereas really they are going to meet two girls is given a makeover here - instead they go off to see a stripper only later to be caught by Joan and Barbie. Another part ( taken from episode one, series one ) saw Bill posing as an African native ( along with other black workers ) who threatens to cook Eddie alive in a boiler. Eddie then has to make his way home on foot in the buff!

Another integral part of the film sees Eddie's nosey mother ( Patricia Hayes ) establishing a friendly relationship with Bill's father ( Charles Hyatt ). As one can imagine, this gets right up the noses of Eddie and Bill.

There are some fair gags on display here but overall it gives the impression of an outstretched episode rather than a film. The cast are all present and correct, including Tommy Godfrey and Keith Marsh as Arthur and Jacko. Eddie's boss Mr. Grainger appears here although is played by Bill Fraser. On television he was portrayed by Norman Bird. There is a hilarious scene at the end of the film in which Eddie, Joan, Barbie and Bill enjoy a luxury meal aboard their cruise, having won the competition. Joan gets a shock when she discovers that the steward is none other than her brother Cyril ( played by 'Dad's Army' and 'Romany Jones' actor James Beck ), who has just recently gotten married. Eddie gets an ever bigger shock when he finds out that Cyril's bride is none other than Barbie's sister!

Cropping up in supporting roles are Pamela Cundell, Andria Lawrence, Arthur English, Anna Dawson, Michael Sharvell Martin, Damaris Hayman and Melvyn Hayes. Director John Robins later went on to work on a film adaption of another hit Thames show - Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke's 'Man About The House'. Whilst not a horrible film on the whole, the format I feel did not have enough energy in it and as a result I feel I cannot really recommend it to anybody. I would recommend you buy a DVD of the series instead.

Funniest moment - a young woman letting out a scream upon finding a naked Eddie ( save for a tea towel ) hiding in a telephone box. While Eddie makes a run for it, the woman reports this incident to a passing policeman. The policeman then starts to take some details: ''Did you notice anything unusual about him?'' he asks. ''A red stripe!'' replies the woman, ( referring of course to the tea towel Eddie was wearing ), prompting a baffled look from the policeman.
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Bigotry On The Big Screen!
ShadeGrenade8 February 2010
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One year after 'Love Thy Neighbour' made its I.T.V. debut, it followed the route taken by 'On The Buses' and 'Steptoe & Son' by graduating onto the big screen, in a picture made by Hammer Films. It opens with a stirring patriotic speech lauding the virtues of England's green and pleasant land, then cuts to a shot of Eddie and Bill walking up a street, arguing furiously. This escalates into a strange sequence of white and black neighbours vandalising their each other's homes. At least the original theme tune is retained ( even if it is sung by someone other than Stuart Gillies ).

The local paper - 'The Gazette' - is holding a contest to find the best neighbours, the winners landing a Mediterranean cruise. Barbie suggests to Joan that they should enter. The thing is, can Bill and Eddie stay friends long enough to win it? That's the main part of the plot. The film is by and large episodic. One chunk is lifted directly from Season 1, namely Bill and Eddie going to the Club pretending to be on 'union business'. In reality they're going to see a stripper ( not meeting two girls ). Another portion of the movie has Bill, along with other black factory workers ( in the series he was the only one ), breaking a strike Eddie has helped bring about by various ploys ( including being smuggled in through the gates in beer barrels ). While another ( seemingly inspired by Powell and Driver's 'For The Love Of Ada' ) sees Eddie's talkative mother ( the magnificent Patricia Hayes ) getting friendly with Bill's father ( Charles Hyatt ).

The climax to Episode 1 Season 1 reappears in an expanded form. Bill once more puts on paint and a towel to terrify Eddie, but his friends join him, and they dance round a drum containing a naked Booth, so that they can pretend to cook and eat him. Eddie then has to make his way home in the nude ( surprisingly, there is less nudity here than there was in Episode 2 Season 2 ).

The film ends with the Reynolds and the Booths winning the 'Love Thy Neighbour' contest, and taking the cruise together, but there's an unexpected twist involving Joan's sex-mad brother Cyril ( James Beck - 'Private Walker' of 'Dad's Army' ), who is working as a steward.

This is your typical '70's sitcom-into-movie, with all the faults usually prevalent in such films. The laughs are scattered about, and interest wanes after about half an hour. The cast is augmented by familiar faces such as Melvyn Hayes ( cast as 'Terry', a character from Episode 2 Season 1, played on that occasion by Leslie Meadows ), Bill Fraser ( as the factory manager ), Anna Dawson, Andria Lawrence ( who seems to have been in every '70's British comedy film, mostly cast as nymphomaniacs ), and Arthur English. The director, John Robins, was also responsible for the 'Man About The House' movie.

Funniest moment - while Eddie sleeps in a quiet part of the factory, Bill paints his face black. The first he knows of it is when the manager's secretary screams in terror. The tables have been turned!
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Stupefyingly crass expansion of a guilty pleasure
world_of_weird23 March 2005
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I admit to a secret admiration of the original Love Thy Neighbour TV shows - mostly because they exhibit the kind of exuberant brashness and bad taste synonymous with so many programmes of their era - but I'd be lying through my teeth (very uncomfortable position) if I pretended that this big-screen spin-off is anything other than an abomination. The opening scenes of wanton vandalism are not only pointless but baffling as well - it's never explained why the film opens with a tracking shot of people trashing each other's houses - and nothing improves from there. By the time the film unearths the oldest joke in the book - the horrible dragon of a mother-in-law turns up unexpectedly to stay - is followed by the crashingly obvious revelation that she's developing a soft spot for the black neighbour's father, moving her bigoted son to ever greater depths of self-righteous, ignorant rage, most discerning viewers will have switched off. Take that as a warning, unless you're keen on cheapskate spin-offs with terrible acting, static direction and the overall comic flair of a burning orphanage.
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gypolanc2 May 2003
Love Thy Neighbour is a strained expansion of a popular 1970s TV Sitcom. It's dealing with race relations between West Indians and White British makes it popular with the humour found in Working Men's Clubs, but the cracks do show.

At times the humour is funny, but very rarely. It's forgettable.
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