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A Private Function (1984)

R | | Comedy | 1 March 1985 (USA)
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In post-World War II 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 over for two years, 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.

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Taglines:

Vicious, Delicious and Tasteless.

Genres:

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

Gross USA:

$2,527,088

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,527,088
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Company Credits

Production Co:

HandMade Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the scene toward the end where Betty the pig needed to travel in a car, the pig would not initially get into the vehicle. The set-up required the porker to ride in the back seat, but when the pig did get in, it then jumped into the front seat, and onto the lap of actor Michael Palin, who stunned, sat there grinning. 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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Rose of England
Music by Ivor Novello
Played on piano by Maggie Smith
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Porcine Perfection
26 December 2000 | by taitaSee all my reviews

Why do I love this movie sooooo much. Because it is one of the most delightful movies ever made.

From the opening shots of Dame Maggie Smith and her aged mother (Liz Smith) jostling for space on the Wurlitzer seat to the closing shots of Michael Palin and Richard Griffiths looking sadly at Betty on the platter this is a movie where every scene has something new.

The contents of Michael Palin's lunch box, Richard Griffiths popping his little trotter over the edge of the chair to get a chocolate for Betty, Liz Smith checking her nightgown for malodorous fumes, Bill Paterson and his wonderful artistry with green paint ( don't miss this line its great), Michael Palin's overt Pythonesque chiropodist sign, and Liz Smiths startled look watching him clean it, these are just a taste of the subtle visual and aural moments that make this movie magic (moments that obviously went completely over the head of a previous reviewer).

Alan Bennetts plot is original and actually believable, as snobbery of all kinds can be found alive and well in any nation in the world at any time, and Denholm Elliot and Dame Maggie Smith would have to be crowned the King and Queen of snobbery for their efforts in this.

Many people read some books over and over This is a movie I watch over and over. I have this movie on Video and I shall definitely be buying it on DVD as well


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