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Are You Being Served? (1977)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 29 July 1977 (Ireland)
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:

29 July 1977 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Final major theatrical feature film cinema movie of director Bob Kellett. See more »

Goofs

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. Beverley Harman: [Pausing at the door] Would it be in order to ask if your good lady wife will be accompanying you?
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold: No, as a matter of fact, she will be staying at home.
Mr. Beverley Harman: Oh, I see - hoping to cop a bit of spare when you get there!
[Exits]
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Connections

References Are You Being Served?: Dear Sexy Knickers... (1973) See more »

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Music by Steve Gray
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Great TV Series - bad TV movie
23 July 2004 | by euroman1970See all my reviews

I have seen "Are you being served" many times over since the early 90's. In fact, I could probably restate word for word every episode made over the 13 year run (1972 - 1985). While I loved every episode of the TV series, the movie did not provide the same level of satisfaction.

MOVIE PLOT: Grace Brothers store is being remodeled and the crew is offered a 2 week Holiday vacation in Costa Planka.

ACTING: If you are very familiar with the TV Series, you will notice right away that most of the jokes were taken directly from the various episodes. One joke per episode with laugh tracks worked very well. But when you combine 5 or 6 and remove laugh tracks, you quickly lose interest. It looked like they grabbed whatever material they had from the earlier TV series and just cramped it into a 90 minute movie in a different setting... You will also notice that the characters looked very distracted and from time to time it seemed like they weren't even paying attention to the surroundings. Pay attention how the hostess girl in the hotel repeats her line word for word within a minute when she is trying to cuddle up with Mr. Humphries. Looked like she was reading directly from the script. There were also many inconsistencies. At one point everyone wanted to run for the bathroom, but after Mrs. Slocombe used it, no one seemed to want to go anymore??? Have they forgotten? Another one is when they kept writing notes to each other at the dinner table. I can see how there could be one mixup, but 3 or 4? One of the very first episodes featured a similar mixup but it was done as a part of a bigger scheme. Not in a movie, though.

SET: Here is another failure. The set looked extremely cheap, it was very obvious that the whole movie was done inside a TV studio, the lighting and shadow was even worse than in a TV series. The general feel of the set was like a Soap Opera. They must have had a very little budget to do this movie. It would have worked much better if they did 3 separate episodes 30min each, with laugh tracks.

CONCLUSION: If you love the TV series, it is worth to watch this movie. It has its moments but for the most part there was nothing new that the 30 min. series offered.


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