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House! (2000)

A small bingo hall is threatened by the opening of the country's largest bingo centre nearby.

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Julian Kemp

Writers:

Eric Styles (idea), Jason Sutton
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kelly Macdonald ... Linda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stacey Ashton Stacey Ashton ... Young Beth
Keith Chegwin ... Keith Chegwin
Ifan Huw Dafydd Ifan Huw Dafydd ... Father
Dean Davies Dean Davies ... Food Operative
Gwenllian Davies Gwenllian Davies ... Peggy
Eileen Edwards Eileen Edwards ... Mrs Collins
Bruce Forsyth ... Bruce Forsyth
Helen Griffin ... Marilyn
Marlene Griffiths Marlene Griffiths ... Enid
Sue Hopkins Sue Hopkins ... Pam
Rhodri Hugh Rhodri Hugh ... Hotel Manager
Jason Hughes ... Gavin
Lynn Hunter ... Moira
Ceris Jones Ceris Jones ... Male Diner
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Storyline

The staff of La Scala, a small bingo hall in Wales, fear for their livelihoods when the UK's largest bingo centre opens nearby. When staff member Linda discovers she has the ability to predict bingo numbers, she hopes to use her powers to save La Scala, buy her greedy aunt's share of her mother's house, and find love with La Scala's star bingo caller, Gavin. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@hotmail.com>

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Life's not about winning or losing, it's about crossing the line.

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Comedy | Romance

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Official Sites:

Guild Pathe (distributor)

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Les vainqueurs See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£58,820 (United Kingdom), 7 May 2000, Limited Release
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wire Films,CF1 Cyf See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Although set in Wales, of the main actors only Jason Hughes is actually Welsh. The rest had to be coached by an accent tutor. See more »

Soundtracks

Nessun dorma
from "Turandot"
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
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A good central performance,but little else
15 November 2015 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Before she became a big star Kelly McDonald appeared in low budget films like this one that tried to ape the 'feel good British comedy' vibe that was in fashion after The Full Monty.

In principle the idea behind this film is not a bad one. Old bingo hall vs. the new upcoming one. There's lots of room for outlandish characters and sentiment as the staff work together to save the old hall. It also allows room for star turns from people like Freddie Jones.

And yet it doesn't work, despite a good performance from McDonald. The main problem is that the film doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a big bawdy comedy or a sweet sentimental one. In the end it flits between both camps and ends up being neither.

It's an OK film for a rainy day, but I certainly wouldn't spend big money chasing down a copy.


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