The Unforgettable Joan Sims (2002)

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Complete credited cast:
Joan Sims ...
Herself (archive footage)
Ronald Cass ...
Himself (as Ronnie Cass)
Pat Clayfield ...
Eleanor Fazan ...
Norah Holland ...
Myles Rudge ...
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
Anne Valery ...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Baird ...
(archive footage)
(archive footage)
Anthony Booth ...
(archive footage)
Peter Butterworth ...
(archive footage)
Roy Castle ...
Himself (archive footage)
(archive footage)


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21 May 2002 (UK)  »

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The footage of Joan discussing her alcohol problem is taken from an interview she did with Alice Beer for the BBC's Heaven and Earth with Gloria Hunniford (1998) in July 2000. See more »


Follows The Unforgettable Leonard Rossiter (2000) See more »

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Very basic summary of Sims' life
13 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The fact that this film was twenty-five minutes long but yet also attempts to cover Joan Sims from her first turn in films in the early 1950's through to her fame from the Carry On films as well as her personal life did suggest to me that this would be a pretty superficial affair. And in a way it was because almost the entire film is made up of clips and contributions from people credited as "actress and friend" and the like.

What this means is that I did feel like I was hearing about someone's life second-hand and that it wasn't really much of a "documentary" as a result. It does provide things of interest as it does give a very superficial account of her life, with key events being mentioned but not really explored. Here and there we get some quiet personal and touching recollections from some of the contributors but mostly they are pretty weak and bring little to the film that a series of title cards couldn't have done just as well.

I never really got a sense of the person that Joan Sims was, nor the career that saw her be an instantly recognisable actress for four decades. A disappointing film then that doesn't do much of anything other than provide a very basic overview of Sims' life.

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