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Bless This House (1972)

1970s English suburbia: middle-aged homeowner Sid Abbot just wants to get on with building his illegal whisky still, but is frustrated by his workshy son, and otherworldly daughter. Then ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sid Abbot
Diana Coupland ... Jean Abbot
Sally Geeson ... Sally Abbot
Peter Butterworth ... Trevor Lewis
... Ronald Baines
... Vera Baines
... Mike Abbot
Carol Hawkins ... Kate Baines
... Betty Lewis
... Mr Wilson
... Oldham
... Muriel
Janet Brown ... Annie Hobbs
... Tom Hobbs
Tommy Godfrey ... Alf Murray
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1970s English suburbia: middle-aged homeowner Sid Abbot just wants to get on with building his illegal whisky still, but is frustrated by his workshy son, and otherworldly daughter. Then the rude and arrogant Ronald Baines and his family move in next door. Garden-fence hostilities soon commence. Written by Simon Shearn <simon@frieth.demon.co.uk>

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8 September 1972 (UK)  »

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Schütze dieses Haus  »

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Mike gets married at the end of the film; however, this has no affect on the series, which ignores the events of the film and picks up where the second series left off. See more »

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During the scene where Mike is reversing his car out of the way of the furniture van, Ron Baines is heard to say, "It might help if you steered straight," but his mouth isn't moving. See more »

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Ronald Baines: [watching Sid fill the petrol tank on the lawnmower with a chamber pot] Such confidence!
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Nice if rather unexceptional spin off movie from the TV series
12 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

From what I have seen of the TV series, it is a very enjoyable one that is funny and relaxing to watch. This spin off movie is not too bad, but it is nothing exceptional.

The good things: It is nicely filmed, the cinematography is very nice and the scenery lush, and the music is beautiful, it has a nice whimsical feel to it. The costumes are also nice to look at, by today's standards perhaps the fashion may be outdated and perhaps naff but in a glorious way. The best thing though is the casting. Sidney James, who I have loved since the Carry On franchise(which I admit I still enjoy), is incomparable as Sid. He just has a warm and fun presence whenever he is on screen as the grouchy father, and it is this presence that saves the film. The remainder of the cast are good too, Sally Geeson is rather so-so in the acting department, though it was nice to see her in a bikini, but Peter Butterworth, Wendy Richard, Diana Coupland and June Whitfield are great value.

The not so good things: The film does feel a little too short, at only 85 or so minutes. If it was made 5 minutes longer, some scenes could have been expanded on. The script does have some funny exchanges such as "Has his steering gone?" "I don't know whether it is his steering, or him!", but some of the material doesn't quite make the most of the running time. The humour here is amusing but nothing quotable or side-splittingly funny, and there were times when the slapstick was a little too much.

Overall, not bad, but unexceptional. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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