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The Alf Garnett Saga (1972)

Based on the BBC television series, and a sequel to 'Till Death Us Do Part (1968)', it tells of the family relationship between Alf Garnett, his wife, daughter and son-in-law, all living in a council flat.

Director:

Bob Kellett

Writer:

Johnny Speight (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Mitchell ... Alf Garnett
Dandy Nichols ... Else Garnett
Adrienne Posta ... Rita
Paul Angelis Paul Angelis ... Mike Rawlins
John Le Mesurier ... Mr. Frewin
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Mrs. Frewin
Roy Kinnear ... Wally
John Bird ... Willis
Roy Hudd ... Milkman
Joan Sims ... Gran
Arthur Askey ... Self
George Best ... Self
Max Bygraves Max Bygraves ... Self
Julie Ege ... Julie Ege
Kenny Lynch Kenny Lynch ... Self
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Based on the BBC television series, and a sequel to 'Till Death Us Do Part (1968)', it tells of the family relationship between Alf Garnett, his wife, daughter and son-in-law, all living in a council flat.

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Trivia

Adrienne Posta replaced Una Stubbs. Paul Angelis replaced Anthony Booth. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene Alf's shaving cut tissue paper moves position from the side of his mouth to under it. See more »

Quotes

Alf Garnett: [tapping newspaper with the headline 'The Million Pound Queen'] Course she needs the money. She's broke, 'Er Majesty
Else Garnett: And 'im
Alf Garnett: I mean, look at that Royal Ascot. She had to turn up in a horse and cart. Everybody else in their bleedin' Rolls Royces. Bloody Wilson. Darlin' 'Arold. He's bankrupted her.
Else Garnett: So you say
Alf Garnett: So I say? So I say? Will you shut up you stupid pie-can. Not a question of what I say. It's facts, innit?
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Connections

Spun-off from Till Death Us Do Part (1965) See more »

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If You Believe
Composed and Sung by Kenny Lynch
(during club sequence)
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Beyond Appalling
3 January 2020 | by GeorgeFairbrotherSee all my reviews

I should preface by saying generally speaking I have no issue with some of the broad British comedies of the 70s. Although it's probably an easy thing to say as a middle aged white male, allowances have to be made for the sensibilities of the times, during which attitudes to race and sexuality were obviously very different. I loved Mind Your Language, for instance, because it was all done with such a sense of warmth and fun, and even Love Thy Neighbour, as offensive as that is by modern standards, seemed to have a mostly light-hearted feel. If not for the constant use of racial epithets, it might even stand up today as a great working class comedy. (I'm referring to the Love thy Neighbour TV series rather than the movie spinoff). The white race-baiter Eddie Booth was in a minority of one, while the other characters, for the most part, rose above his prejudice and delighted when his attitudes brought him undone.

But not this time; in the Alf Garnett Saga, many of the characters seem to be happily swimming in the same racist sewer, and the constant, calculated, angry use of a deeply offensive racial term I found uncomfortable and disturbing.

I agree with some of the other reviewers, in that the street scenes of a changing London were of particular interest, as were the cameos of John Le Mesurier, Patsy Byrne (later Nursey in Blackadder), Kenny Lynch and Joan Sims. But otherwise, this example of what the late Australian movie critic Bill Collins referred to as "the tarnished years of British Cinema", is best forgotten.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1972 (UK) See more »

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The Garnett Saga See more »

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