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Take It or Leave It (1981)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suggs ...
Mark Bedford ...
Bedders (Mark)
Lee Thompson ...
Carl Smyth ...
Dan Woodgate ...
Chris Foreman ...
Mike Barson ...
John Hasler ...
Simon Birdsall ...
Ian Tokins ...
Sandra Barson ...
Barso's Girlfriend
Polly Perkins ...
Mark's Mum
Sue Foreman ...
Chris's Wife
Gary Dovey ...
Clive Langer ...
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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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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 »


Barso: Listen. What's that? That's a disco, is it? You're a fan of soul the now, I take it. Did you know there's a group playing out in the back garden?
Simon: Yes. Don't be daft, Mike, were having a disco in here.
Barso: Look, you, and listen you should we were playing up here. In the bedroom and this afternoon you put us in your proxy garden.
Simon: Who's proxy garden?
Barso: You're fucking proxy garden.
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Don't Quote Me On That
Written by Carl Smyth
Performed by Madness
Courtesy of EMI Records
Played in the Airport opening scene
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A must for Madness fans everywhere, others can do as the title suggests
7 August 1999 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Ultimately, a film for fans, which is why I give this 8 out of 10, because I am a huge Madness fan and always have been. Essentially a low budget bio-pic of the 'Nutty Boys' origins as people and as a group. The acting obviously isn't great but there are some nice touches and funny moments along the way. Of course, it is the music which carries this film along, Madness fans will love it but I don't think it would be everyone's cup of tea.

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