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Spring and Port Wine (1970)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 February 1970 (UK)
A stern father and lenient mother try to deal with the ups and downs of their four children's lives in working class Bolton.

Director:

Peter Hammond

Writers:

Bill Naughton (screenplay), Bill Naughton (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Rafe Crompton
Diana Coupland Diana Coupland ... Daisy Crompton
Hannah Gordon ... Florence Crompton
Susan George ... Hilda Crompton
Rodney Bewes ... Harold Crompton
Len Jones Len Jones ... Wilfred Crompton
Keith Buckley ... Arthur Gasket
Avril Elgar Avril Elgar ... Betsy-Jane Duckworth
Adrienne Posta ... Betty Duckworth
Frank Windsor ... Ned Duckworth
Arthur Lowe ... Mr. Aspinall
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Gasket
Bernard Bresslaw ... Lorry Driver
Joseph Greig Joseph Greig ... Allan (T.V. Man)
Christopher Timothy ... Joe (T.V. Man)
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A stern father and lenient mother try to deal with the ups and downs of their four children's lives in working class Bolton.

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"It's all about dad, dad is this house. You'd think the sun shone out of his ****!" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anoixis kai glyko krasi See more »

Company Credits

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Memorial Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Quotes

Rafe Crompton: There's no father alive who doesn't long to escape his captivity every now and then...
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Connections

Edited into Northern Soul (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Spring and Port Wine
Written and Performed by Alan Price
Orchestrated by Derek Wadsworth
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An Historical Document.
7 May 2001 | by blade-21See all my reviews

To put it simply, I enjoyed this film. The reason for my interest & enjoyment was not related to anything other than the subject matter itself. I had heard tales from my mother and grandmother about how Northern England working class life and attitudes used to be (as experienced by them)and this is an interesting depiction that seems to faithfully represent what they told me. In particular, the paternalistic but overbearing father who "knows" what is best for his family along with his stubborness when this paradigm is challenged. (Not much has changed there then!!)

People who have seen the play will probably be disappointed with the film because the story does not easily transfer across the different media. In a sense however, the film is an historical document and I personally enjoyed it, if only because of the way it conveyed a social phenomenon.


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