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Patrick Barlow (screenplay)
Daisy Ashford (story)
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Release Date:
26 December 2003 (UK) See more »
Alfred Salteena is a slightly bumbling gentleman who meets a young lady on a train and invites her to his home in London... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Jim Broadbent ... Alfred Salteena

Hugh Laurie ... Lord Bernard Clark

Lyndsey Marshal ... Ethel Monticue

Bill Nighy ... Earl of Clincham

Geoffrey Palmer ... Minnit

Simon Russell Beale ... Prince of Wales

Adam Godley ... Procurio

Sophie Thompson ... Bessie Topp

Sally Hawkins ... Rosalind
Richenda Carey ... Lady Gay Finchling

Anne Reid ... Mrs. Monticue

Tom Burke ... Horace
Richard Beale ... Middle Aged Man
James Warrior ... Station Master

Guy Henry ... Mr. Domonic
Gaye Brown ... Manageress
Roger Frost ... Porter
Shaughan Seymour ... Lifeguard
Patrick Barlow ... Archbishop
Janine Duvitski ... Queen Victoria
Anabel Barnston ... Daisy Ashford
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan Bennett ... Narrator (voice)

Darren Jacobs ... Dream Man

Directed by
David Yates 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daisy Ashford  story
Patrick Barlow  screenplay

Produced by
Jim Broadbent .... executive producer
Christopher Hall .... producer
Pippa Harris .... executive producer
Laura Mackie .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nicholas Hooper 
Cinematography by
Chris Seager 
Film Editing by
Mark Day 
Casting by
Janey Fothergill 
Production Design by
Malcolm Thornton 
Art Direction by
Leigh Walker 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Holdich 
Makeup Department
Caroline Noble .... hair designer
Caroline Noble .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ed Evennett .... second assistant director
Cherry Gould .... first assistant director
Ben Harrison .... third assistant director
Art Department
Suzie Davies .... stand-by art director
Sui Rajakaruna .... assistant art director
Kevin Scarrott .... stand-by props
Tony Statham .... signage
Malcolm Thornton .... designer
Kem White .... assistant prop buyer
Sound Department
Pat Boxshall .... sound editor
John Casali .... boom operator
Colin Cooper .... foley mixer
Clive Copland .... sound recordist
Stuart Hilliker .... dubbing mixer
Jamie McPhee .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Casper Lailey .... special effects technician
Scott Peters .... special effects technician
Ed Smith .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... visual effects producer
Simon Giles .... visual effects supervisor
Steve Griffin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Ellingworth .... key grip
Brandon Evans .... gaffer
Duncan Fowlie .... assistant camera
Jeremy Hiles .... camera operator
Tom McFarling .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Chuck Douglas .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elena D'Cruze-Reynolds .... costume assistant
Anna Sandler .... costume assistant
Michelle Wickland .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Justin Eely .... on-line editor
Natasha Wilkinson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Daryl Griffith .... orchestrator
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Richard Watkins .... facilities captain
Ian Yea .... facilities driver
Other crew
Carrie-Anne Brackstone .... assistant to producer
Sarah Brown .... script executive
Paula Casarin .... script supervisor
Lara Davis .... production assistant
Deborah Morgan .... production coordinator (as Deborah Hubbard)
Patricia Scanlon .... production secretary
Denis Wray .... assistant production accountant

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Additional Details

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UK:90 min
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Did You Know?

The source novel incorporated a lot of Ashford's mis-spellings, and the film does this also - in the title, and in some of the signs which can be seen in the palace scenes (e.g. 'Prince of Whales').See more »
Anachronisms: At the public function Ethel very much wants to go to meet Earls, Lords and Ladies, there is a woman who sings the Australian Kookaburra song. The song was written in 1932. This movie takes place in Victorian England.See more »
Narrator:They mated very well and produced 7 children.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Young Visiters (1984)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An absurd delight, 8 December 2007
Author: djensen1 from northern Indiana

I came to this sideways from the original novella, which was an absolute hoot. The film was a wonderful adaptation, pulling dialog directly from little Daisy's masterwork and adding to it in the same flavor. At once absurd and moving, it's the slightly wobbly story of an ordinary man who aspires to a higher station and the pretty girl desperate to hobnob among the nobility herself. They embark together, yet separately, and manage to achieve most of their ambitions, but not quite all they'd hoped. The characters are vivid and portrayed by top talent in Jim Broadbent, Lyndsey Marshal, Hugh Laurie, and Bill Nighy. They're all a bit dim-witted and bombastic, but you really feel for their ineptness. It's Broadbent's show—altho he has to fight off Nighy at times as the drunken, roguish earl. Simultaneously insightful (princes are ordinary people too) and oblivious (Ethel spends an awful lot of time alone with men she barely knows), The Young Visiters is both children's literature for adults and adult literature for children.

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