Alan Bates is a Marvel... Funeral baked meats anyone?
I discovered this on TV in my early twenties (or was it late teens) and it instantly became a cult hit in my infinitesimal social circle of two... Some kids walk around quoting the Life of Brian... Whereas we drunkenly traipsed the streets of our discontent chanting this inspired tele-movie line for line... There was also, not surprisingly a healthy smattering of "Withnail and I" in our diatribe amongst other things...
This hilarious small budget film was like cocaine for two young would-be writers... It's full of angst, horribly attractive (though costly) vices and wonderfully charming and funny characters, not to mention those delightful little show tunes - "every waddle of the duck.. is for the first time", the fine rendition of "Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia" etc... and that... joke!?!... "J.Edgar Hoover Memorial Hospital" - absolutely priceless (obviously I ain't of American descent - and certainly not from Dallas ;) Unfortunately, we maybe realised too late that imitating the derogatory actions of Hamish Partt to the proverbial T is not the way to become a successful writer... I don't, however regret the experience and bottle of scotch (or cheaper equivalent) in belly or no, this film stands as a wonderful testament to some of the finer character actors of TV and film in the late 20th century... I highly recommend it to other aspiring writers and lovers of the theater alike...
Three cheers Mr Pratt!!!
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