6.6/10
2,220
23 user 21 critic

A Private Function (1984)

Trailer
2:33 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

In post-war Britain, food rationing continues, leading a married couple to become involved in the flourishing bacon black market.

Director:

Malcolm Mowbray

Writers:

Alan Bennett, Alan Bennett (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1905, after 10 years of missionary work in Africa, the Rev. Charles Fortesque is recalled to England, where his bishop gives him his new assignment - to minister to London's prostitutes.... See full summary »

Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Trevor Howard
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

American Walter Elbertson, in his late teens, is feeling lost within his family of overachievers. Thirty-something Englishwoman Lila Fisher is emotionally repressed. The two meet on their ... See full summary »

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Maggie Smith, Timothy Bottoms, Don Jaime de Mora y Aragón
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A middle-aged spinster falls in love with a fellow resident of her boardinghouse, who mistakenly believes she has the money to help him start a new business.

Director: Jack Clayton
Stars: Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Wendy Hiller
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Maggie Smith, Gordon Jackson, Robert Stephens
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

At his mother's funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling meets his Aunt Augusta, an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings who pulls him along on a whirlwind adventure as she ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Louis Gossett Jr.
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A sanatorium where a group of patients reside. They aspire to walk twice round the daffodils which they can do when they are better.

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Juliet Mills, Donald Sinden, Donald Houston
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Misadventures of four groups of guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith
Film-Noir | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1903, a doctor suspects murder in the gothic Bederaux family.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Brent, Paul Lukas
Talking Heads (TV Mini-Series 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Six monologues tell the stories of six different repressed souls: a man dominated by his mother, a vicar's wife, an inveterate letter writer, a hopeful actress, a recently widowed woman, ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Bennett, Stephanie Cole, Thora Hird
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Palin ... Gilbert Chilvers
Maggie Smith ... Joyce Chilvers
Denholm Elliott ... Dr. Swaby
Richard Griffiths ... Allardyce
Tony Haygarth ... Sutcliff
John Normington ... Lockwood
Bill Paterson ... Wormold
Liz Smith ... Mother
Alison Steadman ... Mrs Allardyce
Jim Carter ... Inspector Noble
Pete Postlethwaite ... Nuttal
Eileen O'Brien Eileen O'Brien ... Mrs Sutcliff
Rachel Davies ... Mrs. Forbes
Reece Dinsdale ... P.C. Penny
Philip Wileman Philip Wileman ... Preston Sutcliff
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Vicious, Delicious and Tasteless.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Función privada See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,333, 3 March 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,527,088
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

HandMade Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie was nominated for 5 BAFTA Awards including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay (Alan Bennett). The picture won three BAFTAs, Best Actress (Maggie Smith), Best Supporting Actress (Liz Smith) and Best Supporting Actor (Denholm Elliott). As such, both actress acting BAFTAs for this movie were won by actresses who were last named "Smith". See more »

Quotes

Joyce Chilvers: It's not pork, Gilbert, it's power!
See more »

Connections

References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Rose of England
Music by Ivor Novello
Played on piano by Maggie Smith
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I miss the war....
4 July 2000 | by howard-45See 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.


14 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed