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The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005)

The notorious fictional town of Royston Vasey is under threat and its inhabitants are forced to leave.

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Steve Bendelack
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Gatiss ... Matthew Chinnery / Hilary Briss / Mickey / Mark / Sir Nicholas Sheet-Lightning
Steve Pemberton ... Tubbs / Pauline / Herr Lipp / Steve / Lemuel Blizzard
Reece Shearsmith ... Edward / Papa Lazarou / Geoff / Bernice / Reece / Father Halfhearte / Red Devil
Michael Sheen ... Jeremy
Danielle Tilley Danielle Tilley ... Dahlia
Bruno Langley ... Damon
Alan Morrissey Alan Morrissey ... Johnny
Liana O'Cleirigh ... Claire
Philip O'Sullivan ... Vicar
Jeff Mirza ... Asian Dad
Angel Coulby ... Receptionist
Lucy Cray-Miller Lucy Cray-Miller ... Minnie (as Lucy Miller)
Liam Cunningham ... Director
Kate O'Toole Kate O'Toole ... Casting Director
Emily Woof ... Lindsay
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The fictional world of Royston Vasey is facing apocalypse and the only way to avert disaster is for our nightmarish cast of characters to find a way into the real world and confront their creators. From present day Soho to the fictional film world of 17th Century Britain, the residents must overcome countless bizarre obstacles in their bid to return Royston Vasey to safety. Written by Press Release

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To save their world... they're coming to ours. See more »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The actors expressed a desire for Dr. Pea's laboratory to be turned into an Aurora-style model kit as merchandise for the film. See more »

Goofs

35 minutes in, Herr Lipp and Reece stand outside Steve's home, in broad daylight. As Herr Lipp enters the house it's night outside. See more »

Quotes

Hilary Briss: [sealing a computer] We don't need the monitor!
Geoff Tipps: How are we gonna read it then? Braille?
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Crazy Credits

The League of Gentlemen will return in The Windmills of your Bum. See more »

Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Definitely not a local film for local people.
30 May 2005 | by tenten76See all my reviews

I had high hopes for this film, reduced to moderate when I saw a trailer. Now that I've seen the movie, I'm sad to say it's not quite what I wanted. I'm a fan of the TV series, and had hoped for more of their trademark excruciating, cringeworthy, quite dark humour (mixed with laugh-out-loud moments). Although it begins well, featuring lots of the characters (Edward & Tubbs, Papa Lazarou, Herr Lipp, Hilary Briss, Jeff, Barbara, Mickey, Pauline, the Reverend, Chinnery) it soon settles down into Briss, Jeff and Herr Lipp as the main characters. I take the League's point that they didn't want to feature characters who were already 'stars' in the series, but by the same token, the three they chose have all been 'sanitised' from their Royston Vasey caricatures. Briss seems less like Jack the Ripper than he should, Jeff never really flips over into frustrated madman, and Herr Lipp is now actually very sympathetic. I didn't really care for the 17th Century storyline (although I have no problem with David Warner, ever). What made the series so good was that you got distilled vignettes of each character, mixing (Short Cuts - style) into the next one. Putting them all into a longer plot (and having to give the characters extra dimensions to do so) just weakened the hideousness of it all. You may think that the series' style wouldn't stretch to 90 minutes - but actually, if you remember the series they each had a story arc (usually building up to something diabolical with Edward & Tubbs). The notion that a flawed character could step into the real-life shoes of his creator and learn more about his family/how to treat his wife etc. was all a bit too 'Mr.Mom' for me. Way too twee, especially for what is otherwise one of the darkest, verbally-savage comedy series I have ever seen. Although there were quick nods to The Shining, Scanners and other films, I think they could have really pushed the Wicker Man aspects which are the backbone of the Royston Vasey experience.

Ultimately, I came away disappointed - but a friend of mine (who has never seen the series) thought it was really good, so I guess it depends which camp you fall in. I always think it's a shame when creators turn their back on their strongest creations just because they are bored with them. They forget; there's a good reason why those were your strongest creations in the first place AND the fans may not be as bored as you are.. If the League really are bored of the series; do something else. Let's not flog the characters to death in weakened film versions - you're not Star Trek.


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3 June 2005 (UK) See more »

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GBP4,200,000 (estimated)

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$2,424,174
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