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Are You Being Served? (1977)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 10 June 1977 (UK)
The staff of Grace Bros. take a trip to Costa Plonka while the department is being remodeled.

Director:

Bob Kellett

Writers:

David Croft (BBC television series), Jeremy Lloyd (based on the BBC television series written by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Inman ... Mr. Humphries
Mollie Sugden ... Mrs. Slocombe
Frank Thornton ... Captain Peacock
Trevor Bannister ... Mr. Lucas
Wendy Richard ... Miss Brahms
Arthur Brough ... Mr. Grainger
Nicholas Smith ... Mr. Rumbold
Harold Bennett ... Young Mr. Grace
Arthur English ... Mr. Harman
Karan David Karan David ... Conchita
Glyn Houston ... Cesar Rodriguez
Andrew Sachs ... Don Carlos Bernardo
Sheila Steafel ... Hat Customer
John G. Heller ... German #1
Monica Grey Monica Grey ... Nurse
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Storyline

When Grace Brothers closes for redecoration, Young Mr. Grace send the staff on holiday to Costa Plonka, where they find themselves in the middle of a revolution. Written by Christopher Rothbauer <kg9it@qsl.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1977 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The name of the department store was "Grace Bros" (or "Grace Brothers"). The film's first act is set here which is the regular setting of both the movie's source stage play and television series Are You Being Served? (1972). See more »

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During the boarding of the Comet 4C aircraft, the wing edge fuel tank can clearly be seen in the background. However, when the aircraft takes off, the wing tanks have disappeared, due to the shot featuring a different airframe. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: [the staff just arrived at the hotel] Ring the bell, Peacock.
Captain Stephen Peacock: I hope you're not going to keep ordering me around. We are on holiday.
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: I'm sorry. Ring the bell, Stephen.
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References Are You Being Served?: Camping In (1973) See more »

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Juta
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Music by Francisco Tárrega
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Like The Show, Yet Not Enough In Other Ways.
9 October 2007 | by GuyCCSee all my reviews

I have to admit that I am a little surprised by the reviews and rating for this movie. I actually found it quite funny at times, but I grew up with the show. I think what ultimately pulls this film past an average outing is the facts that some of the one-liners genuinely are funny, and my own personal affinity of the characters.

That's not to say that there aren't a few issues with the film. While the cast doesn't have to be regulated to the store to be funny (Grace and Favour proved that years later), they didn't have to transport the same jokes. There were at least 2-3 scenarios taken directly from the more popular episodes. On one hand, it's not the most original, however funny it was the first time, on the other hand, one has to take into account that some people may have never seen the show, and this movie is their first exposure to it (And shame on you, if so).

The biggest problem is that the plot relies too heavily on the likability of the characters, and the one-liners they shoot out. There are several inconsistencies, the ending is startlingly abrupt (yet ends on the same note as any of the episodes on the show), and plot-wise, they don't do that much. The Grace Brothers staff never gets out to explore their surroundings to add to some new situations and jokes. Again, the innuendos are funny, but the middle of the film drags in terms of things actually happening.

I don't think this film is worthy of its current "3" rating it has. It has it's moments, and the main cast shines in their personalities and silly hi-jinks (the supporting actors don't give the main cast much to work with, however). I think the biggest problem is that it's set up like an extended version of the show, minus the laugh track. You can see the television show format in it, and I think that ultimately hurts the pacing.

Perhaps this would be better for fans-only of the show, or people who haven't seen the show at all. It's not one of the best "episodes" of the series, but it's better than it's been given credit for, outside of some obvious flaws.


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