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The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983)

 |  Adventure, Short, Comedy  |  May 1983 (UK)
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A group of down-and-out accountants mutiny against their bosses and sail their office building onto the high seas in search of a pirate's life.

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Sydney Arnold
Guy Bertrand
Andrew Bicknell
Ross Davidson
Myrtle Devenish
Tim Douglas
Eric Francis
Billy John
Peter Mantle
Len Marten
Peter Merrill
Cameron Miller
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In the bleak days of 1983, the Crimson Permanent Assurance, an accountancy staffed by elderly workers much like a slave ship, has been taken over by efficiency-minded corporate types. When they sack an employee, there's an uprising, and the building is unleashed from its moorings to sail across the (dry) ocean and take on the financial centers of the world, starting with an all-out attack on the large skyscraper housing The Very Big Corporation of America, complete with filing-cabinet cannons, ceiling-fan broadswords, and paper-spindle short-swords. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Released as a secondary feature to support Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983). See more »

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Spoofs Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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Accountancy Shanty
Music & Lyrics by Eric Idle & John Du Prez
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The changing world of business, gentility vs rapaciousness
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A satrical look at the way the business environment was changing after downsizing became the latest American import into the U.K. The central theme of men pushed beyond their limits is explored in an extremely entertaining, surrealistic, typically Gilliam fashion. The use of totally inapt equipment, filing cabinets as ship's cannon, is somewhat reminiscent of the use of musical instruments in the Square World episode which won the Golden Rose of Montreux. All in all a sidesplitter!


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