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Britannia Hospital (1982)

R | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 27 May 1982 (UK)
Mick Travis 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 Her Royal Highness is ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vincent Potter: Administration
... Biles: Administration
... Greville Figg: Administration
... Chief Superintendant Johns: Administration
... Matron: Administration
... Miss Tinker: Administration
... Professor Millar: Medicos
Jill Bennett ... Dr. MacMillan: Medicos
... Sir Geoffrey: Medicos
Marsha A. Hunt ... Nurse Amanda Persil: Medicos (as Marsha Hunt)
Catherine Willmer ... Dr. Houston: Medicos
Mary MacLeod ... Casualty Sister: Medicos
... Phyllis Grimshaw: The Unions
... Ben Keating: The Unions
Dave Atkins ... Sharkey: The Unions
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Mick Travis 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 Her Royal Highness is to visit the hospital to inaugurate a new wing, where advanced (and sinister) scientific experiments led by Prof. Millar 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 (a la Amin Dada) whom demonstrators want expelled from the hospital and tried, will contribute to making HRH's visit (and Mick Travis's life) a true nightmare. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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Billing of the main cast in the film's closing credits was grouped under a number of character categories which were Administration, Medicos, The Unions, The Media, The Palace, The Radicals and The Workers. See more »

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At 48:09, the cameraman goes from looking at the officials at the table to looking at Millar between shots. See more »

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

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God Save the Queen
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Criminally underrated film!
1 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

That this movie has only achieved a rating of 5.9 out of 10 is appalling! Britannia Hospital brilliantly mixes the macabre, the comic, and the profound with beautiful imagery, wonderful production design, and Lindsay Anderson's astute sense of direction. The writing is flawless, the characters are flawless, the story is engrossing and the film is in my humble opinion the second best work of arguably the greatest director and visionary in British cinema history. I don't know who let the kindergärtners on here to vote but take my word - behind the wacky comic facade lies a powerful and intelligent film that should be ranked up there with the greatest films of British cinema.


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