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God on the Rocks (1990)

| Comedy | TV Movie
Growing up in a household incapable of showing love and affection, Margaret's life is transformed when Lydia, a worldly teenage maid, arrives.

Director:

Ross Cramer

Writers:

Jane Gardam (novel), David Ashton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Paterson ... Mr. Marsh
Sinéad Cusack ... Ellie Marsh
Rebecca Edwards Rebecca Edwards ... Margaret Marsh
Minnie Driver ... Lydia
Rosalie Crutchley ... Rosalie Frayling
Frederick Treves ... Drinkwater
Malcolm Sinclair ... Charles Frayling
Glynis Brooks Glynis Brooks ... Binkie Frayling (as Glynis Brook)
Felix Bell Felix Bell ... Terence
Ian Taylor Ian Taylor ... Alfred
Sophie Thursfield Sophie Thursfield ... Older Margaret
Martin Reeve Martin Reeve ... Ice Cream Vendor
Dorian MacDonald Dorian MacDonald ... Boy on Bicycle
Charles Pemberton Charles Pemberton ... Bandstand Official
Ken Kitsch Ken Kitsch ... Bezeer Ironmonger
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Growing up in a household incapable of showing love and affection, Margaret's life is transformed when Lydia, a worldly teenage maid, arrives.

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Deus on the Rocks See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The final movie appearance, in a cameo, of Florence Hunter after a gap of 69 years. Hunter, as "Baby Twinkles," had been one of the most successful child stars of the silent era. See more »

Quotes

Lydia: Two large ones.
Ice Cream Vendor: I'll say!
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If You Were the Only Girl in the World
by Nat Ayer and Clifford Grey
EMI Publishing/Carlin Music
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A playful, charming film, but it is no masterpiece.
21 January 1999 | by gintySee all my reviews

God on the Rocks is a film of contrasts and contradictions. It is set in a 1930s English seaside town and is seen through the eyes of Margaret Marsh (Rebecca Edwards), a young girl who's father (Bill Paterson) is a strict, blood and thunder lay preacher. The Marsh family's world is turned upside down with the arrival of the new housemaid Lydia (Mini Driver); a voluptuous, promiscuous young woman, who's hedonistic outlook on life horrifies Mrs Marsh, delights and disgusts Margaret and intrigues Mr Marsh. The preacher takes it upon himself to deliver Lydia from her sins, in the process, causing the rest of the family to look at themselves in a new light.

The film deals with duality: saints and sinners, the innocent and the complicit, the loyal and the fickle. Flecked with film-school symbolism and lazy comedy, the picture never really rises above the mediocre. It does, however, posses a playful charm coupled with a subtle sexual tension.

The film is beautifully shot on location in the English town of Saltburn-on-Sea and contains fine acting performances from Driver, Edwards and Paterson, but ultimately, it is tainted by a hurried ending. Although billed as a comedy, don't expect your sides to split.


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