Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray, is worried about potential stool pigeons that may bring down his ... See full summary »
The German prisoners attempt to disguise themselves as angel-dog sculptures. When practicing posing as statues, a comment is made, "A little more Rossetti with the paws". This could be a reference to Dante Gabriel Rossetti (a nineteenth century British painter) or to Antonio Rossetti (a nineteenth century Italian sculptor), though the former is the more likely candidate. See more »
My dear Henry, if dirty fingers were trumps, what a splendid hand you'd have.
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I've seen this movie twice and yet still can't make head or tail of it. However, that doesn't prevent it from being near on brilliant, perhaps the lamentably late Vivian Stanshall's masterpiece. Trevor Howard as Sir Henry rambles on pompously (and nonsensically) and maintains a bunker which houses two guys who pretend it's still World War II for Howard's sake. There's some sort of plot involving exorcising Howard's brother's ghost (played by Stanshall) and a sub-plot involving Patrick Magee as a Reverend up to no good (can't figure out what sort of no good, however). The extremely low production values add to the feeling of run-down old money that make this dada narrative so damn funny. It's also got some good music and Howard in blackface on a unicycle. Director Steve Roberts was responsible for writing the Max Headroom TV show, of which I have extremely fond but vague memories.
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