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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

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When famous DJ Alan Partridge's radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.

Director:

Declan Lowney

Writers:

Neil Gibbons (screenplay), Rob Gibbons (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Meaney ... Pat Farrell
Steve Coogan ... Alan Partridge / Jason Statham / Jason Bourne / Jason Argonaut
Tim Key ... Side Kick Simon
Karl Theobald ... Greg Frampton
Nigel Lindsay ... Jason Tresswell
Felicity Montagu Felicity Montagu ... Lynn Benfield
Dustin Demri-Burns ... Danny Sinclair
Molly Seymour Molly Seymour ... Danny's Posse
Adam Langstaff Adam Langstaff ... Danny's Posse
Aaron Heffernan Aaron Heffernan ... Danny's Posse
Simon Greenall Simon Greenall ... Michael
Phil Cornwell ... Dave Clifton
Monica Dolan ... Angela Ashbourne
Kieran Hodgson Kieran Hodgson ... Exec
Elizabeth Berrington ... Bettie
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Storyline

Radio DJ Alan Partridge is facing uncertain times with his radio station being taken over by a corporate conglomerate. He makes things worse when he talks down a colleague after a promise to talk him up. The colleague handles things badly and takes the radio station into his own hands, literally, by taking them all hostage. Envisioning all his action heroes in his head, Alan is going to save the day by becoming a go-between for the Scotland Yard. His method though will put himself and others in harm's way because Alan Partridge just can't keep his mouth shut. Written by Anne Campbell

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12 Hostages - 24 Hours - 1 Partridge See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alan Partridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,372,132 (United Kingdom), 9 August 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,664, 6 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$152,211, 16 May 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Pretty funny but much less so than the TV series
8 August 2013 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

There have been numerous movie versions of popular British TV series over the years. And the results have by and large not been good. Most of the time, they seem to go on holiday. At the very least, they always make the story 'more cinematic'. They involve the sitcom characters in a larger than life story. Or they go to Spain. I've never understood the logic of this approach, as the sitcoms are popular in the first place for being about a particular small-scale situation. Once the characters are transported out of this, a crucial part of what makes them work in the first place is lost. I can't help but think that film-makers continually mis-read the public on this point. What we want in a film version of a loved TV show is more of the same but for 90 minutes as opposed to 30. This leads on to Alan Partridge.

'I'm Alan Partridge' was in my opinion one of the funniest TV series ever devised. In particular the first season was comedy gold from start to finish. So, what of the movie version? On the whole it was pretty funny but it did feel the need to incorporate a 'big story' into the narrative. Again, this makes no real sense, seeing as Alan himself is so very amusing because he is a mediocre TV presenter who lives in a realistic world. The humour comes out of the fact that his situations are believable and mundane. In this film the writers have felt the need to involve him at the centre of an armed siege and he gets involved in life or death situations. In a similar way to the 'Are You Being Served?' team going to the Costa del Sol for a group holiday, this story is not true to the character and doesn't really play to his strengths. The storyline is overall a little lame and it awkwardly fits in important characters from the series like Michael and Lynn – both of whom aren't very well used. Partridge himself is funny – very funny at times – but even he isn't really on top form, simply because the writing isn't as good as the TV series. Steve Coogan is always worth watching though and anything with Partridge is as well so the movie is worth seeing if you are a fan of either. It's still a good enough comedy but just pales a bit considering the quality of the TV show and the unnecessarily unPartridge-like story-line. So, overall it's pretty funny but like all cinematic versions of British TV series, a little frustrating overall; although in fairness, it's one of the better attempts but probably only due to the genius of the Partridge character.


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