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The Optimists of Nine Elms (1973)

PG | | Drama | 18 October 1973 (USA)
A retired entertainer makes his living as a street musician on the streets of London. Two young children befriend the old musician, brightening his otherwise colorless life.

Director:

Anthony Simmons

Writers:

Anthony Simmons (novel), Tudor Gates (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Sam
Donna Mullane Donna Mullane ... Liz
John Chaffey John Chaffey ... Mark
David Daker ... Bob Ellis
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ... Chrissie Ellis
Katyana Kass Katyana Kass ... Baby Ellis
Patricia Brake ... Dog's Home Secretary
Don Crown Don Crown ... Busker
Bruce Purchase ... Policeman
Michael Graham Cox Michael Graham Cox ... Park Keeper
Bernie Searle Bernie Searle ... Dustman
Tommy Wright Tommy Wright ... Dustman
Pat Beckett Pat Beckett ... Laundry Lady
Daphne Lawson Daphne Lawson ... Laundry Lady
Candyce Jane Brandl Candyce Jane Brandl ... Laundry Lady
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A retired entertainer makes his living as a street musician on the streets of London. Two young children befriend the old musician, brightening his otherwise colorless life.

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A magical, musical, heartwarming story of friendship and courage. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Optimists See more »

Filming Locations:

Battersea, London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Donna Mullane and John Chaffey both receive "introducing" credits See more »

Goofs

Sam visits the inside of Chelsea Football Club, but the outside of Fulham Football Club (note the graffiti and the park, which is next to FFC). See more »

Quotes

Sam: Inside your head you can build...
Mark: A skyscraper
Sam: Aye... a palace. A what?
Mark: An apple.
Sam: An orange.
Mark: A steamboat.
Sam: The lot. If you think with your eyeballs and forget all that rot from teachers and fathers and mothers and cops. That is *private*. It's *yours*.
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We had the book!
22 April 2012 | by barbara1926See all my reviews

I remember the scene with the budgerigar act - Don Crown & His Busking Budgies! I would have seen the film as a child in the early seventies and in hindsight I think Sellers was also paying homage to his dad's time as a music hall performer. My mother was conscious of Sellers wearing a prosthetic nose as Sam, but it was a hell of a lot better than the one he had for the sailor guise (as Clouseau) in one of the Pink Panther films! My sister had the book that inspired the film and the depiction of the death of Sam's dog Bella was quite upsetting.

A shame the DVD version's sound is poor and subtitles aren't available. I can recall a documentary being on TV about it and this could have done to be on the DVD.


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