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Doing Time (1979)

Porridge (original title)
This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ... See full summary »

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Dick Clement
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronnie Barker ... Fletcher
Richard Beckinsale ... Lennie
Fulton Mackay ... Mackay
Brian Wilde ... Barrowclough
Peter Vaughan ... Harry Grout
Julian Holloway ... Bainbridge
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Governor
Christopher Godwin Christopher Godwin ... Beal
Barrie Rutter ... Oakes
Daniel Peacock Daniel Peacock ... Rudge
Sam Kelly ... Warren
Ken Jones Ken Jones ... Ives
Philip Locke ... Banyard
Gorden Kaye ... Dines (as Gordon Kaye)
Oliver Smith ... McMillan
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Storyline

This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the prisoners and an all-star celebrity team. Fletcher is unaware that the match is only a diversion so that an escape can take place. When Fletcher and his cell mate Lennie stumble on the escape, they are taken along, and find themselves having to break back into prison to avoid getting into trouble. Written by measham

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Strictly a laughing matter! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doing Time See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Slade inmate Lotterby is an homage to Sydney Lotterby, the BBC producer who oversaw Porridge (1974) and its sequel Going Straight (1978) on television. See more »

Goofs

HM Prison Slade's interiors looks a bit different from the TV series since they were filmed in a real jail, HMP Chelmsford, which was empty at the time. The prison interiors in the series were filmed in Elstree Studios, on a specially created set. See more »

Quotes

Mr Beal: I was married. Divorced now.
Mr Barrowclough: Well, look at it this way, 'tis better to have loved and lost than
[sighs]
Mr Barrowclough: to spend your whole ruddy life with her.
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Crazy Credits

The song over the final credits ends abruptly with the sound of a prison door being slammed. See more »

Connections

References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK
(uncredited)
Written by Ian Dury and Chaz Jankel
Sung by Ian Dury and The Blockheads
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A great film (but the TV series was even better)
25 March 2000 | by Niki-22See all my reviews

Many 1970s British TV comedy series were made into films - most were dire. This film is excellent, but below the level of the TV series which is one of the funniest programmes ever made. The characters (most of them) are all there from the TV series, but the pace is slower and thereby suffers in comparison. Despite this, the film is definitely worth watching. The plot centres around an elaborate escape plan which doesn't quite work the way it was intended, but Fletch, Godber, MacKay and Barrowclough can all be relied on. Perhaps the star of the film is Peter Vaughan as Grouty - at the centre of the action for a change. See the film - but see the TV series too.


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