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P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang (1982)

Alan Duckworth (known as 'Quack Quack' to his friends) is a socially awkward fourteen-year-old who is obsessed with cricket and Ann Lawton, a girl in his class. Alan daydreams throughout ... See full summary »


Michael Apted


Jack Rosenthal
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Albasiny ... Alan Duckworth
Abigail Cruttenden Abigail Cruttenden ... Ann Lawton
Maurice Dee Maurice Dee ... Geoffrey Whitaker
Alison Steadman ... Miss Land
Mark Brailsford Mark Brailsford ... Abbo
Christopher Karallis ... Shaz (as Chris Karallis)
Frances Ruffelle ... Eunice
Robert Urquhart ... Headmaster
Garry Cooper ... Tommy
Maurice O'Connell Maurice O'Connell ... Gym Teacher
Tim Seeley Tim Seeley ... French Master
Richenda Carey ... Botany Teacher
Peter Dean Peter Dean ... Police Officer
Dave Atkins Dave Atkins ... Fish Shop Owner
Eric Richard ... Road Worker


Alan Duckworth (known as 'Quack Quack' to his friends) is a socially awkward fourteen-year-old who is obsessed with cricket and Ann Lawton, a girl in his class. Alan daydreams throughout his day, showing up late for school and making little academic progress. He becomes friends with the groundsman Tommy, whom he sees as some sort of war hero. Alan often follows Tommy around, telling him how Tommy helped to win the war, while making predictions about what the post-war world will be like. Among other things, Alan predicts that there will be no more wars, everyone will speak Esperanto and everyone, regardless of race or creed, will have a Teasmade. Written by GusF

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Debut theatrical feature film of actors Maurice Dee and John Albasiny and actresses Alison Steadman and Abigail Cruttenden. As the film was originally made-for-television, Steadman's first cinema movie could be considered to be 1984's Champions (1984), for Albasiny, Close My Eyes (1991), and for Cruttenden, Hideous Kinky (1998). See more »


When Alan, Ann and Geoffrey walk home from school after rehearsing for the school play, the top deck of a modern (probably late 1970s) double-decker bus is visible at the far end of the alley. In the same scene, opposite the side-road that leads to the alley, is a modern Warboys-design (post-1964) "no cycling" sign. See more »


[as he is walking to school, Alan flamboyantly bowls an imaginary cricket ball, and pulls a muscle. As he hops around in agony he sees two workmen watching him]
Alan: Aaaargh! It's cramp! Bloody hell-fire and scrotums.
Road Worker: Millions of pounds on education.
Road Worker: It'll be with him living under the shadow of the Bomb, I expect.
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Followed by Sharma and Beyond (1984) See more »

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A young boy's first crush, and maybe, his first kiss.
15 July 2013 | by gaudmikextraSee all my reviews

This sweet, breezy, coming of age/first kiss movie follows the trials and tribulations of Alan "Quack-Quack" Duckworth, a likable young teenager going through his first crush. Set in post WWII Britian, Alan has his public love of Cricket, and his secret puppy-love for classmate Ann Laughton, who barely tolerates his existence. And just as Baseball (or Cricket) can throw you a curve ball, Alan gets his curve ball in the the form of an iron-clad opportunity to kiss the girl of his dreams. But will "Quack-Quack" be able to step up to the plate and fulfill his dream? Well, get a hold of this little gem of a movie and find out. Great supporting cast of his Teacher and Headmaster, his schoolyard chums, and Tommy the Groundskeeper , whom Alan admires, but whom might throw Alan yet another curve ball. All in all, an entertaining movie that I highly recommend.

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3 November 1982 (UK) See more »

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Kipperbang See more »

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