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Take It or Leave It (1982)

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 ...
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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29 January 1982 (Sweden)  »

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Madness - Take It or Leave It  »

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1.66 : 1
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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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The Business
Written by Mike Barson
Performed by Madness
Courtesy of EMI Records
Played when Lee Thompson walks to the record-shop 'Rock On'
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26 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

For a lot of reasons one could slaughter the whole thing, but I choose to let them get away with it. Even the ugly commentary track added on to the DVD I'll let slip. Yes, the burping and smattering, and increasingly lack of concentration. But the cut's made in the picture's ratio is there no excuse for. Dumb, quite frankly. Typical now these days when the elder pictures are released again. This could be left as a 4:3 ratio as it was shot and for that reason alone I give it *** So there you go. Give It another try then if you can get your head around the dilemma amateurish producers. You just don't deserve the royalties dripping down on you if there's no substance in your material you're presenting. I think more than just some of us whom bought this over priced object from ebay got a mixed feeling after-wards.

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