Autobiographical account of the cult 80's British pop group 'Madness (II)', with members of the group playing themselves, charting their rise from humble beginnings as pub band The Invaders... See full summary »



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Suggs ...
Suggs (as Graham McPherson)
Mark Bedford ...
Bedders (Mark)
Lee Thompson ...
Carl Smyth ...
Dan Woodgate ...
Chris Foreman ...
Mike Barson ...
John Hasler ...
Simon Birdsall ...
Andrew Chalk ...
Ian Tokins ...
Sandra Barson ...
Barso's Girlfriend
Polly Perkins ...
Mark's Mum
Sue Foreman ...
Chris's Wife
Gary Dovey ...


Autobiographical account of the cult 80's British pop group 'Madness (II)', with members of the group playing themselves, charting their rise from humble beginnings as pub band The Invaders to chart success and their first overseas tour. The film follows the ups and downs of individual members of the group, and features all of their early hits including "The Prince", "One Step Beyond", "Baggy Trousers" and "Night Boat to Cairo". Written by Anonymous

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Madness, Madness, They Call It Madness


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Madness: Take It or Leave It  »

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At the start of the scene where Mike is having breakfast with Chris, the level of milk in the milk bottle is just over half full, but in the next shot when Mike pours the milk into his cereal, suddenly the milk bottle is close to being full. See more »


Saxophone teacher: I'd like you to play the scale of C for me please.
Lee: Er... that's the problem, I can't play the scale of C. Er... now, which is kinda why I came here.
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One Step Beyond
Promotional Video by Chuck Statler
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Strange film
11 December 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This was a funny old film...I only glanced at it in a bargain bin where I bought it from and thought it was a documentary of the band from more recent times. However once I put it on it was truly baffling without any background context - at first I thought it was a documentary filmed at the actual time of them getting together (which would have been pretty amazing for a unheard of working class band in 1976 but not so nowadays with wall to wall "pop reality" shows). Then I thought for a while it was filmed now (i.e post 2000) and them playing themselves back then. Then I realised that it was actually a film of them in 1981 reenacting how they got together 3/4 years previously. Anyway the oddness of the concept aside....the acting is terrible and I think that adds to the "is this a documentary or a film ?" puzzle. But the true best bits for Madness fans are the gigs they perform in various London pubs - absolutely quality and guaranteed to get you moon-stomping around the front room. If you want an intellectual film about Madness and their vaudevillian contribution to the pop canon then this ain't it but if you want raw Madness "going off" in some packed London boozers then this is for you.

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