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Work Is a 4-Letter Word (1968)

Everyone is employed by the ultra-modern DICE Corporation but Valentine Brose would rather stay at home to tend his psychedelic mushrooms.


Peter Hall


Jeremy Brooks, Henry Livings (play)




Cast overview, first billed only:
David Warner ... Valentine Brose
Cilla Black Cilla Black ... Betty Dorrick
Zia Mohyeddin ... Dr. Aly Narayana
David Waller David Waller ... Mr. Price
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Mrs. Murray
Alan Howard ... Reverend Mort
Jan Holden ... Mrs. Price
Tony Church Tony Church ... Mr. Arkwright
Joe Gladwin ... Pa Brose
Julie May Julie May ... Mrs. Dorrick
Derek Royle Derek Royle ... Briggs
John Steiner ... Anthony
Cyril Cross Cyril Cross ... Commissionaire
Clifford Rose ... Registry Office Clerk
Paul Dawkins Paul Dawkins ... Powerplant Guard


Everyone is employed by the ultra-modern DICE Corporation but Valentine Brose would rather stay at home to tend his psychedelic mushrooms.

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This Film Is Perfectly Normal ... Only The Characters In It Are A Bit Odd.


Comedy | Fantasy


M/PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

25 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Work Is a Four Letter Word See more »

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Production Co:

Cavalcade Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)
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First film of Elizabeth Spriggs. See more »


Mr. Price: This is a fully automated power station, Brose. It doesn't need human beings. It doesn't want them. It only tolerates them so long as they confine themselves to harmless and unnecessary functions such as sweeping out restrooms that do not require sweeping out. Any other sort of activity and you know what will happen to you, Brose?
Valentine Brose: I do not know what will happen to me, Brose.
Mr. Price: It will chew you up and spit you out like a used plastic bag.
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Work Is a Four-Letter Word
Written by Don Black & Guy Woolfenden
Sung by Cilla Black
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Father than far out
4 March 2010 | by valis666See all my reviews

One of the furthest out there of the late 60s counter culture movies, even though this 90 minute cinematic oddity was done by a Shakespeare troupe. We've got many of the classic themes here including work is oppressing and drugs can set you free! Right on.

Valentine Brose doesn't want to work but pressure from his girlfriend (Cilla Black!) and the chance to grow his magic mushrooms in a dark, damp factory environment persuade him to take the job. Many whimsical, surreal adventures follow, usually at the expense of the businessmen and the squares in general. At the end all the squares dose on Valentine's magic mushrooms, sit down for a nice chat and romp around all silly and laughy and childlike. Don't expect a straight narrative, it's as weird as all get out. Yay.

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