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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 »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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

Buster Keaton was originally considered for the lead, but the backers of the film refused to support the project with him as the star. John Mills was then cast but suffered a broken leg and the project was postponed until many years later in 1973. See more »

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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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Charming film; butchered sound on the DVD
20 November 2010 | by simonton-4See all my reviews

The old VHS tape had dismal picture quality, but the sound was quite good enough to understand the dialog. The DVD is the reverse: the picture quality is relatively excellent, but the dialog is nearly unintelligible. The idiot who re-recorded the sound for the DVD must be the same one that destroyed the sound for The Importance of Being Earnest and Waltz of the Toreadors. I wish I could synchronize the DVD with the VHS to get the best of each.

This is such a wonderful film, a favorite. How sad that friends and family can't share my enthusiasm because of the struggle to understand what's being said. Nevertheless, I recommend it and insist it's worth the trouble. The film transports me to the time and place, and gives my emotions some healthy exercise. Try taking the journey from sadness and frustration to hopefulness and joy, with a fascinating view of the London of 40 years ago and a sensitive portrayal by Peter Sellers, one of his best.


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