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Three Men in a Boat (1975)

One hot June day, three friends decide there is nothing they would like to do more than to get away from London. A boating holiday with lots of fresh air and exercise would be just the very... See full summary »


Stephen Frears


Jerome K. Jerome (novel), Tom Stoppard


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Curry ... Jerome
Michael Palin ... Harris
Stephen Moore Stephen Moore ... George
Bill Stewart Bill Stewart ... 1st Porter
Michael Elphick ... 2nd Porter
John Blain John Blain ... Traffic Supervisor
George Innes ... Train Driver
Russell Dixon Russell Dixon ... Harris's Cousin
Mary MacLeod Mary MacLeod ... Pathetic Woman
Alan Collins Alan Collins ... Desolate Man
Clifford Kershaw Clifford Kershaw ... Irate Man
Eileen Helsby Eileen Helsby ... Woman with baby
Tony Rohr ... Blackmailer
Hubert Tucker Hubert Tucker ... 1st Lock-keeper
Harry Markham Harry Markham ... 2nd Lock-keeper


One hot June day, three friends decide there is nothing they would like to do more than to get away from London. A boating holiday with lots of fresh air and exercise would be just the very thing, or so their doctors tell them. So, after debating the merits of hotel or camp beds and what to pack, they set off on their voyage - a trip up the Thames from Henley to Oxford - but very quickly find themselves ill-equipped for the trials of riverbank life. Written by Dabby

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Release Date:

31 December 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Drei Mann in einem Boot See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The dead dog seen floating in the river is actually a freshly killed sheep. The unfortunate animal was sacrificed after shots featuring a toy dog were found to be unconvincing. See more »


Jerome: Maidenhead itself is too snobby to be pleasant. It is the haunt of the river swell and his overdressed female companion. It is the town of showy hotels, patronised chiefly by dudes and ballet girls. It is the witch's kitchen from which go forth those demons of the river-steam-launches.
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Very relaxing to watch.
28 May 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I don't think it is quite as good as the 1956 David Tomblinson film, but what we have here is a charming adaptation of a classic book, that is worthy of a little more praise. True, some(emphasis on the some)of the camera-work is a little flat, but considering that it was made in the 70s, and made for TV, it can be forgiven, and it is rather short. The adaptation does look beautiful, with lovely English scenery and sumptuous costumes. The script is lovely, very lyrical and poetic with phrases such as "Dainty dress of spring", and is very true to the book, which is better admittedly. There is also some humour, especially with the chemistry between the two men and the scene in the Hampton Court Maze. Another mention is when Jerome is reading a book on diseases and convinces himself he has them all. I particularly liked Jerome's exclamation "Why does Harris look like a martyr goose?" It was really nice to see the wonderful Tim Curry in an early role, and I thought he was great as Jerome, and this is an example of a film where Curry shouldn't be dismissed as over the top person as he is made out to be. He is given top notch support by Michael Palin as Harris and Stephen Moore as George. All in all, a relaxing and perfectly watchable adaptation, with a 9/10 from me. Bethany Cox.

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