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Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980)

The very eccentric English peer Sir Henry Rawlinson attempts, with the help of his mad family & servants, to exorcise the ghost of his brother Humbert.

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Steve Roberts

Writers:

Vivian Stanshall (screenplay), Steve Roberts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Howard ... Sir Henry Rawlinson
Patrick Magee ... Reverend Slodden
Denise Coffey Denise Coffey ... Mrs. E.
J.G. Devlin J.G. Devlin ... Old Scrotum
Harry Fowler ... Buller Bullethead
Sheila Reid Sheila Reid ... Lady Florrie Rawlinson
Vivian Stanshall Vivian Stanshall ... Hubert Rawlinson / Narrator
Suzanne Danielle ... Candice Rawlinson
Daniel Gerroll ... Ralph Rawlinson
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Lord Tarquin of Staines
Liz Smith ... Lady Phillipa of Staines
Jeremy Child ... Peregrine Maynard
Susan Porrett Susan Porrett ... Porcelain
Gary Waldhorn ... Max
Simon Jones ... Joachim
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The very eccentric English peer Sir Henry Rawlinson attempts, with the help of his mad family & servants, to exorcise the ghost of his brother Humbert.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry at Rawlinson End See more »

Filming Locations:

Gloucestershire, England, UK See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (Sepia)

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1.78 : 1
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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 »

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Florrie: [playing cards] My dear Henry, if dirty fingers were trumps, what a splendid hand you'd have.
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Gums ..................... Himself See more »

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References Zulu (1964) See more »

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Ginger Geezer
Written by Vivian Stanshall
By kind permission of Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
© 1978 Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
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brilliant low-budget absurdism
3 June 2001 | by Matt MosesSee all my reviews

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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