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The Fattest Man in Britain (2009)

Georgie Godwin, housebound for 23 years,is the fattest man in Britain, a tourist attraction, thanks to greedy 'agent', cabbie Morris who brings visitors to Rochdale to hear Georgie sing and... See full summary »

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David Blair
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Ball ... Morris
Akira Koieyama ... Japanese Man
Yuriri Naka ... Japanese Woman
Timothy Spall ... Georgie Godwin
Frances Barber ... Janice
Jeremy Kyle ... Himself
David Williams David Williams ... Mad Bob
Archie Lal Archie Lal ... Raj
Reba Dutta Reba Dutta ... Nana
Aisling Loftus ... Amy
Richard Riddell ... Joe
Brendan O'Carroll ... Father O'Flaherty
Alice Barry Alice Barry ... Joyce
Tim Woodward ... Morley Raisin
Mark Chatterton Mark Chatterton ... Richard Barter
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Georgie Godwin, housebound for 23 years,is the fattest man in Britain, a tourist attraction, thanks to greedy 'agent', cabbie Morris who brings visitors to Rochdale to hear Georgie sing and - rather to his annoyance - touch him. Devoted neighbour Janice is Georgie's only other regular outside contact until he meets Amy, a pregnant teenager fleeing a violent boyfriend ,whom he takes in as a lodger. Touched by his kindness she feels he demeans himself and wants him to lose weight for his own safety. Morris, however, encourages Georgie to pile on the pounds as a money-spinner for them both, arranging for him to take part in a local television weigh-in, to see if he is fatter than rival claimant Big Brian. Amy is horrified but Georgie sees it as almost a calling. Will he beat Brian or will tragedy strike the fattest man in Britain? Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2009 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

The story was inspired by the real-life case of Jack Taylor (1946 - 4 February 2006) from Bradford who took part in a TV weigh-in with Barry Austin (who played Big Brian in this film) for the title of The Fattest Man in Britain. See more »

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Georgie hasn't been out of the house since his wife died, but near the end of the film when he ventures into the outside world for the first time in 23 years, he has a coat that fits him. See more »

Quotes

Georgie Godwin: That's why this title is so important to me, Amy. The Fattest Man in Britain. Because if I'm not the fattest, I'm just a fat man. Just a big fat man sat in his chair.
Amy: You've already got a title, Georgie: you're My Friend.
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Features The Jeremy Kyle Show (2005) See more »

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Brilliant cast, as a comedy it's not particularly funny
14 November 2017 | by maxxpumpSee all my reviews

I saw this production after reading the synopsis, and seeing familiar names in the cast, I was expecting a riveting and well written comedy, but apart from a couple of lines, I didn't find it funny.

They basically made comedy from bad language and abuse, unfunny stereotyping, and the whole concept wasn't a particularly great one.

So if you think that abuse towards overweight people is funny and like the occasional bit of bad language and toilet humour, it might be up your street. But this wasn't a film which I particularly liked.


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