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A Private Function (1984)

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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 »
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Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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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

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Taglines:

Vicious, Delicious and Tasteless.

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Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,333, 3 March 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,527,088
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Company Credits

Production Co:

HandMade Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Intellectual Animals UK advised producer Mark Shivas to use pigs that were female and only six months old as male pigs might be too aggressive and older pigs were much more difficult to handle. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Charles Swaby: Now, under this National Health Service, any poorly little pillock can come into my surgery and say "I'm ill! Treat me!" Honestly, sometimes I wonder what the last war was FOR.
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Soundtracks

Rose of England
Music by Ivor Novello
Played on piano by Maggie Smith
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priceless; waiting for the dvd
10 November 2002 | by lumpynoseSee all my reviews

This is one of those priceless British films where the comedy is so delightful. Maggie Smith, as usual, is perfect in her role of the snobbish woman. Michael Palin is equally perfect as her befuddled hen-pecked husband. The humor is absolutely top-notch.


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