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Take It or Leave It (1982)

Autobiographical account of the cult 80's British pop group 'Madness (II)', with members of the group playing themselves, charting their rise from humble beginnings as pub band The Invaders... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suggs Suggs ... Suggs (as Graham McPherson)
Mark Bedford Mark Bedford ... Bedders (Mark)
Lee Thompson Lee Thompson ... Lee
Carl Smyth Carl Smyth ... Carl
Dan Woodgate Dan Woodgate ... Woody
Chris Foreman Chris Foreman ... Chris
Mike Barson Mike Barson ... Barso
John Hasler John Hasler ... Hasler
Simon Birdsall Simon Birdsall ... Si
Andrew Chalk Andrew Chalk ... Chalky
Ian Tokins Ian Tokins ... Toks
Sandra Barson Sandra Barson ... Barso's Girlfriend
Polly Perkins Polly Perkins ... Mark's Mum
Sue Foreman Sue Foreman ... Chris's Wife
Gary Dovey Gary Dovey ... Gary


Autobiographical account of the cult 80's British pop group 'Madness (II)', with members of the group playing themselves, charting their rise from humble beginnings as pub band The Invaders to chart success and their first overseas tour. The film follows the ups and downs of individual members of the group, and features all of their early hits including "The Prince", "One Step Beyond", "Baggy Trousers" and "Night Boat to Cairo". Written by Anonymous

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Madness, Madness, They Call It Madness


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Release Date:

29 January 1982 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Madness - Take It or Leave It See more »

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Nutty Stiff Productions See more »
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1.66 : 1
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At the start of the scene where Mike is having breakfast with Chris, the level of milk in the milk bottle is just over half full, but in the next shot when Mike pours the milk into his cereal, suddenly the milk bottle is close to being full. See more »


Barso: There you go, there's your bus-stop.
Carl: What do you mean there's the bus-stop.
Barso: I mean there is the bus-stop,.
Carl: You said you were gonna give us a lift home. That's why I came to rehearsals. Come on, give us a lift home.
Barso: What do you want? You can walk you can take the bus, anything you want.
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One Step Beyond
Promotional Video by Chuck Statler
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Obligatory stuff if you play or want to play in a band.
20 August 2002 | by robertjannlSee all my reviews

The acting in this film may not be brilliant, this film does, however, provide an accurate picture of life in a band. It does not glorify the band members and their achievements but it is a very down to earth narrative about the trials and tribulations of an emerging band. There is some good music to be found and it is worthwile to watch a band grow towards its final shape as one of England's finest bands. Take it, don't leave it!

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