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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
Gareth Milne
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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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Music & Lyrics by Eric Idle & John Du Prez
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Great stuff!
12 August 2003 | by ((e.g. London, England)) – See all my reviews

It's funny & imaginative, as everyone else has mentioned. However almost no-one else has mentioned that the film was intensely satirical when it came out - practically everything in it captured the zeitgeist in London at the start of the 80s, from the flapping sacking around office buildings being refurbished to the wholesale layoffs/business closures. Maybe irrelevant to the casual viewer but IMO it's the most political Gilliam film that I've seen. Incidentally I believe that the building used in the exterior shots is Loundes House - still standing just north of Finsbury Square in the City of London.


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