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Britannia Hospital (1982)

R | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 27 May 1982 (UK)
Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society. It's the day when the ... See full summary »

Director:

Lindsay Anderson

Writer:

David Sherwin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Rossiter ... Vincent Potter: Administration
Brian Pettifer ... Biles: Administration
John Moffatt ... Greville Figg: Administration
Fulton Mackay ... Chief Superintendant Johns: Administration
Vivian Pickles ... Matron: Administration
Barbara Hicks ... Miss Tinker: Administration
Graham Crowden ... Professor Millar: Medicos
Jill Bennett ... Dr. MacMillan: Medicos
Peter Jeffrey ... Sir Geoffrey: Medicos
Marsha A. Hunt ... Nurse Amanda Persil: Medicos (as Marsha Hunt)
Catherine Willmer ... Dr. Houston: Medicos
Mary MacLeod ... Casualty Sister: Medicos
Joan Plowright ... Phyllis Grimshaw: The Unions
Robin Askwith ... Ben Keating: The Unions
Dave Atkins Dave Atkins ... Sharkey: The Unions
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Storyline

Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society. It's the day when the Queen Mother is to visit the hospital to inaugurate a new wing, where advanced (and sinister) scientific experiments led by Professor Millar (Graham Crowden) will take place. Everybody in the hospital, from the cooks who refuse to cook, to the painters who couldn't care less to get their job done, to an African cannibalistic dictator (à la Idi Amin Dada Oumee) whom demonstrators want expelled from the hospital and tried, will contribute to making Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's visit (and Mick Travis's life) a true nightmare. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Mark Hamill accompanied Malcolm McDowell, a good friend, to London purely for a leisure trip, and ended up being cast alongside him in this movie. See more »

Goofs

At 1:16:05, Dr Millar chops off a certain character's head with a meat cleaver and then raises the cleaver to show it spotlessly clean. See more »

Quotes

Professor Millar: Friends! Fellow Members of the Human Race! We are gathered here for a purpose. Let us look together at Mankind. What do we see? We see Mastery. What wonders Mankind can perform. He can cross the oceans and continents today, as easily as our grandfathers crossed the street. Tomorrow he will as easily cross the vast territories of space. He can make deserts FERTILE and plant cabbages on the Moon. And what does man CHOOSE? Alone among the creatures of this world, the Human Race CHOOSES to ...
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Crazy Credits

Fulton Mackay's character was billed as Chief Superintendant; the correct spelling is Superintendent. See more »

Connections

References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Thine Be The Glory
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Lyrics by Edmond Budry, music by George Frideric Handel
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A Relic of old Black Comedy.
27 September 2007 | by jwild49See all my reviews

It's sad to see that there are no directors like Anderson these days. In fact, there never was a director like him and I doubt there ever will be one like him ever.

To start, I must warn any potential viewers that this film is a hand full. If you turn your head for more than 2 minutes you might be totally lost. To understand the humor of this film don't expect the kind of humor we find in today's comedy's or satires.

There's something genuine about this movie. Anderson has created his own little universe with his Mick Travis Trilogy and expect the unexpected when watching this film.

Overall, I say it was a good watch. It certainly intrigued and impressed with it's multiple characters. Mark Hamill has a hilarious part, and so does Malcolm McDowell. It's too bad they weren't in the movie more.

Anyone who loves weird movies will have to give this one a watch. It is simply one the best of its breed and will never fail to entertain. It gets slow in some parts but the scenes with McDowell pick the film right back up. His characterization of Travis is just brilliantly funny and odd. The ending scene is as epic and classic as any scene you'll find in cinema.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1982 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$375,713

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$375,713
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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