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A Private Function (1984)

R | | Comedy | 1 March 1985 (USA)
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In post-war Britain, food rationing continues, leading a married couple to become involved in the flourishing bacon black market.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gilbert Chilvers
... Joyce Chilvers
... Dr. Swaby
... Allardyce
... Sutcliff
... Lockwood
... Wormold
... Mother
... Mrs Allardyce
... Inspector Noble
... Nuttal
Eileen O'Brien ... Mrs Sutcliff
... Mrs. Forbes
... P.C. Penny
Philip Wileman ... Preston Sutcliff
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1947 in a small town in England. The war has been won two years ago, but there's still rationing of meat. When princess Elizabeth is going to marry, a group of businessmen wants to impress (or probably bribe) the local government by giving a big party. They want to slaughter an illegally raised pig for this event. Unfortunately someone steals the pig. Written by Anonymous

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Vicious, Delicious and Tasteless.

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1 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Función privada  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$25,333, 3 March 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,527,088
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Second of two star teamings of actress Maggie Smith and actor Michael Palin. The first was The Missionary (1982) around two years earlier. Actor Denholm Elliott appeared in both movies as well, as did another, Charles McKeown. See more »

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Morris Wormold the Meat Inspector: My experience has been, Mrs Forbes, that when people say they are only human, it's because they have been making beasts of themselves.
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Featured in Live from the Lighthouse (1998) See more »

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Rose of England
Music by Ivor Novello
Played on piano by Maggie Smith
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I miss the war....
4 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Life after WWII was bleak in England. Rationing was hitting hard, but spirits were lifted by the forthcoming royal marriage of Elizabeth and Philip. This slice of village life takes a poke at stiff England and the trials and tribulations of getting a slap up feast on the table for the local VIPs to celebrate the marriage. Michael Palin is the wimp, and marvellous Maggie Smith is the "trousers" in the relationship. Lots of lovely one-liners to treasure.


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