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Charlie Bubbles (1968)

A married writer has an affair with his secretary.

Director:

Albert Finney

Writer:

Shelagh Delaney
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Charlie Bubbles
Colin Blakely ... Smokey Pickles
Billie Whitelaw ... Lottie Bubbles
Liza Minnelli ... Eliza
Timothy Garland Timothy Garland ... Jack Bubbles
Richard Pearson ... Accountant
Nicholas Phipps ... Agent
Peter Sallis ... Solicitor
Charles Hill Charles Hill ... Head Waiter
Charles Lamb Charles Lamb ... Mr. Noseworthy
Margery Mason Margery Mason ... Mrs. Noseworthy
Diana Coupland Diana Coupland ... Maud
George Innes ... Garage Attendant
Arthur Pentelow Arthur Pentelow ... Man With Car
Alan Lake Alan Lake ... Airman
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Storyline

Charlie Bubbles, a writer, up from the working class of Manchester, England, who, in the course of becoming prematurely rich and famous, has mislaid a writer's basic tool - the capacity to feel and to respond. Now he must visit his estranged wife and son, whom he has set up on a farm outside his native city. His journey accidentally becomes an attempt to reestablish his connections with life, people, and his own history. Written by alfiehitchie

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If You Think You're Old Enough

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La máscara y el rostro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

The film was made on a budget of £450,000; it has been estimated that about £200,000 of this went simply to Albert Finney, who was both star and director. Finney later conceded that he had been paid too much. See more »

Quotes

Jack Bubbles: Your life is not your own, is it?
Lottie Bubbles: Oh, eat your orange!
Jack Bubbles: Don't take your bad temper out on me, or I'll leave home.
Lottie Bubbles: I got a better idea. You stay here and I'll leave home.
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Soundtracks

My Tane
(uncredited)
Written by Johnny Noble, Gus Goupil and Richard Gump
Arranged by E. Penfold
Courtesy of Reditune
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the miscasting of Liza Minnelli is inexplicable
11 January 2019 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

I understand that there was a real problem getting this film a theatrical release and that it is more a mid-sixties film than a late 60s one, not being released in the UK until 1969. I can understand the reluctance of distributers. With the best will in the world and considering that this may have been a heart felt effort to produce a European style thought provoking drama, it is hard to see this as anything other than a misguided and pretentious, vanity project. It starts disastrously with a reunion with a working class chum (who over does it enormously) with whom because he is now rich and famous somehow cannot relate. Plus the unforgivable homoerotic messy food prank in the posh restaurant. Things go from bad to worse, I don't know whether Shelagh Delaney's script was scrapped or that this drivel really was hers, either way the only saving grace are those fantastic Lancashire city and landscape shots. The views of what I assume to be the Manchester ship canal an added bonus, as for the rest, no thanks. Oh and the miscasting of Liza Minnelli is inexplicable, she is dreadful.


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