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Are You Being Served? (1977)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 31 July 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 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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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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They're Free!! Ready to Serve You on the Big Screen ! [UK] See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The picture was made and released during the same time that its source popular British sitcom TV series Are You Being Served? (1972) was still being broadcast on television. See more »

Goofs

During evening meal, all the Grace Bros staff needed to use the lavatory - only Mrs Slocombe and Captain Peacock actually DID use it. See more »

Quotes

Captain Stephen Peacock: Been taking a dip, Mr Humphries?
Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries: Well, I haven't been sitting in the cocktail bar with this lot on!
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Connections

Spoofed in Are You Being Serviced? (2005) See more »

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Bazaar Oriental
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Music by André Popp
KPM Music Ltd
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You've all done very well.
20 March 2020 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

This big screen outing for the employees of Grace Bros. sees Mrs. Slocombe (Mollie Sugden) delivering her first pussy gag within the opening few minutes ("Would you mind holding my pussy?"), which is as it should be, the film giving fans of the TV series exactly what they expect. On the menu: bedroom farce (or should that be 'bed-tent' farce?), sexist humour, xenophobia, homophobic comedy, racial stereotypes, and some quality crumpet. Don't bother watching if you're a PC millennial - this will prove too upsetting for your delicate sensibilities - but those who can appreciate '70s comedy in all of its wonderful, unpolitically-correct glory should have a lot of fun as Grace Bros.' staff cause chaos on a Mediterranean holiday (while the department store is closed for redecoration).

Much like Carry On Abroad (1972), which saw the Carry On team embarking on a package holiday to Spain, Are You Being Served?: The Movie transports the TV show's regular characters to the Costa Plonka, where sun, sea, sangria and sex are the order of the day. Much hilarity ensues as the staff let their inhibitions go and try to satisfy the carnal desires that they've been suppressing for so long. The humour doesn't always work, especially with the lack of live audience laughter, but there are enough comedic gems throughout to keep avid fans of the show happy: a pair of chattering clockwork teeth find their way inside a mannequin's trunks with hilarious results, a hairy caterpillar gives Mr. Humphries (John Inman) a shock, Andrew Sachs adapts his Manuel routine for the role of hotel manager Don Carlos, and Mr. Humphries gets to dress in drag, not once, but twice (disguising himself as Mrs. Slocombe and a nun). Wendy Richards (as Miss Brahms) and Sugden get the funniest lines: "I wouldn't mind if he wasn't so bleedin' common", "We're having it continental style", and "I usually give my pussy an airing this time of night".

As for the crumpet... Miss Nicholson (Penny Irving), Mr. Grace's sexy secretary, is stunning, and Conchita (Karan David), the gorgeous hotel servant girl, could clack my castanets any day of the week (interestingly, both actresses appeared in Pete Walker's sleazy 1974 horror House of Whipcord, helping to make that film one of my favourite British horrors of the decade).

6.5/10, rounded up to 7 for IMDb.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1977 (UK) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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