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The Chain (1984)

Comedy featuring interweaving stories of seven households caught up in a property chain on moving day, each one dependent on the other.

Director:

Jack Gold

Writer:

Jack Rosenthal (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denis Lawson ... Keith
Rita Wolf ... Carrie
Phyllis Logan ... Alison
David Troughton ... Dudley
Jade Magri Jade Magri ... Tasha
Maurice Denham ... Grandpa
Nigel Hawthorne ... Mr. Thorn
Anna Massey ... Betty
Billie Whitelaw ... Mrs. Andreos
Judy Parfitt ... Deidre
John Rowe ... Alex
Matthew Blakstad Matthew Blakstad ... Mark
Charlotte Long Charlotte Long ... Rosemary
Leo McKern ... Thomas
Herbert Norville Herbert Norville ... Des
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Comedy featuring interweaving stories of seven households caught up in a property chain on moving day, each one dependent on the other.

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Penultimate theatrical movie of Mark Dignam (Ambrose). His last one being On the Black Hill (1988). See more »

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While Thomas & Des's mum are in conversation, the quality of the sound varies, according to camera angle. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Moving Story (1994) See more »

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The Chain
Performed by Barbara Dickson
Written and Composed by Barbara Dickson, Jack Rosenthal and Stanley Myers
Published by Filmtrax/B.A.T. Music/Quintet
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the philosophising removal man about London
9 June 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

'The Chain' is an excellent film from the pen of Jack Rosenthal (who later reworked it into the TV series 'Moving Story'), starring Warren Mitchell as Bamber, a student of philosophy and pronouncer of wisdom to those about to move home. On his shift are a rag bag of working types including the ever reliable Bernard Hill.

The premise of the film is simple - we watch several people moving up in the world and follow the chain of progress through the eyes of the removal men (Last Removals, as good a name as any). So as we watch the moves from Hackney to Tufnell Park to Wilesden to Hammersmith to Hampstead to Holland Park to Knightsbridge, seeing how the different families inside the flats and houses deal with life, we see both a range of people and ways of life, and a travelogue of 80s London.

Bamber of course is the wisest of all - encountering a pompous couple doing everything on the cheap (Nigel Hawthorne and Anna Massey), a young couple just starting their future (Denis Lawson and Rita Wolf), and a widowed lady longing for her Mediterranean home (Billie Whitelaw), amongst others. Not one seems as settled as he is.

Great writing and razor sharp characters give 'The Chain' the edge over similar dramas, and although it may now feel a bit of a period piece, it is still an excellent film - and a good companion to Rosenthal's feature length drama for TV about taxi drivers, 'The Knowledge'.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP1,125,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Kodak Eastmancolor)
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