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Rocinante (1986)

England, mid 1980s: Bill (Sir John Hurt) embarks on a dream-like odyssey around rural England, breaking into country houses, taking photos of anything that interests him, until he meets a ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Hurt ... Bill
Maureen Douglass Maureen Douglass ... Jess
Ian Dury ... Jester
Jimmy Jewel ... Projectionist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicky Bee Nicky Bee ... Charlie
Adam Daye Adam Daye ... Charles Matheson
Carol Gillies Carol Gillies ... Molly
Gillian Heasman Gillian Heasman ... Gillian
Jill Lamede Jill Lamede ... Mrs. Matheson
Tony Rohr ... Stan
David Trevena David Trevena ... Joe
Richard Worthy Richard Worthy ... Estate Manager
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England, mid 1980s: Bill (Sir John Hurt) embarks on a dream-like odyssey around rural England, breaking into country houses, taking photos of anything that interests him, until he meets a mysterious woman in a van, who seems to be on the run from the authorities. Set in the aftermath of the 1984 to 1985 miners' strike, the watershed political event of Thatcherite Britain, this movie combines the paranoia of the time with a remarkable visual beauty and poetic feeling. Written by Jonathan Dore <jdore@fitzroydearborn.co.uk>

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English

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November 1986 (UK) See more »

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A long-time favourite awful movie
19 March 2001 | by NEWPDQSee all my reviews

The first time I saw this film, at Leeds Film Festival, not so long after its release I was knocked out at its awfulness. Having managed to stay pretty much awake until the credits I was able to reflect on its sheer badness. Every cliche of the road movie intertwined with every cliche of the picaresque to create a very colourful olio of garbage. Any suspicions I had during the film that it was so bad it must be brilliant dispersed on the appearance of Jimmy Jewel who, though an excellent comic performer, is usually introduced into dramas to add a pathos which just serves to revoke any such intention. I look forward to seeing it again on t.v. in the wee small hours. My partner and I think it's a cracker. NEWPDQ.


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