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Brimstone and Treacle (1987)

The Bates sadly care for their severely disabled daughter Pattie. Martin arrives at their door claiming to be her college friend. He charms them into accepting him as a lodger and carer for Pattie. But Martin is not all he seems.

Director:

Barry Davis

Writer:

Dennis Potter
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Denholm Elliott ... Mr. Tom Bates
Michael Kitchen ... Martin Taylor
Patricia Lawrence Patricia Lawrence ... Mrs. Amy Bates
Michelle Newell Michelle Newell ... Pattie Bates
Paul Williamson Paul Williamson ... Businessman
Esmond Webb Esmond Webb ... Man with dog
Patricia Quayle Patricia Quayle ... Woman in street
James Greene ... Man in street
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The Bates sadly care for their severely disabled daughter Pattie. Martin arrives at their door claiming to be her college friend. He charms them into accepting him as a lodger and carer for Pattie. But Martin is not all he seems.

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

25 August 1987 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There are two M. C. Escher posters in Patricia's room - 'Three Worlds' and 'Dream'. See more »

Quotes

Martin: Sick. Sick. People in metal boxes. They don't know the taste of blood in their mouths. They don't know the glory of the hunt, as I know it; as demons know it. I must buy some mints to hide the smell of sulphur. I've got him!
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Connections

Remade as Brimstone & Treacle (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

That Old Black Magic
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performer unknown
Heard when Martin first goes to Patricia's room and later when Martin pushes her in the wheelchair.
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Disturbing TV Play with religious and philosophical elements.
17 September 1998 | by SquoggleSee all my reviews

This Denis Potter TV play was banned for about 15 years in the UK and was only shown for the first time recently. In the interim it was made into a film with a different cast.

Potter begins with the proposal that there is more good in some people who appear to be bad than there is in some people who pretend to be good.

A young woman has been brain damaged in a car accident and is bed ridden. She cannot communicate or feed herself. Her mother looks after her 24 hours a day. On day a demon in human form visits her house and ingratiates himself into the family. When alone with the girl he rapes her and then.....see for yourself.

The play is disturbing but to educated people it raises interesting moral issues. It could act as a good catalyst for a discussion session in an evangelistic church and would raise some strong feelings.


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