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The Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1983)

TV Movie  -  Comedy | Drama
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During questioning by the police, a railway worker falls to his death from the multi-story police HQ. The government says it was an accident but there is a public outcry. The Superintendant... See full summary »

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Gavin Richards ...
Maniac
Jim Bywater ...
Insp. Pissani
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Superintendant
Gavin Muir ...
Constable
John Surman ...
Insp. Bertozzo
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Maria Feletti
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During questioning by the police, a railway worker falls to his death from the multi-story police HQ. The government says it was an accident but there is a public outcry. The Superintendant and Inspector responsible are awaiting the arrival of an Investigating Judge but get more than they bargained for when a lunatic escapes and impersonates him. Written by Anonymous

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anarchism | based on play

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist opened at the Belasco Theater (New York City) on November 15, 1984 and ran for 20 performances. See more »

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I would do anything to get this on DVD
1 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

I'll never forget the first time I saw this. I turned on part way through and missed the beginning, but in no time I was quite literally rolling on the floor, laughing until I cried.

Gavin Richards was absolutely superb as the anarchist. The comedic timing was spot on and they took full advantage of the fact that this was a recording of a play in front of a live audience, slipping [deliberately] out of character, getting the audience to swear in unison ("Oh you lovely people! On the telly! In front of millions!") and taking a tea break between acts.

20 years on, and it's a real tragedy that this still isn't available to buy. This was what Channel 4 was all about.


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