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The Harry Hill Movie (2013)

When he thinks his hamster Abu has just a week to live, Harry Hill and his gran take the hamster to Blackpool. However, Harry's twin Otto wants to kidnap Abu and sends Ed and Kisko to pursue them.

Director:

Steve Bendelack

Writers:

Jon Foster, Harry Hill (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Harry Hill ... Harry Hill
Julie Walters ... Nan
Johnny Vegas ... Abu (voice)
Simon Bird ... Ed
Guillaume Delaunay ... Kisko
Matt Lucas ... Otto
Sheridan Smith ... Michelle
Marc Wootton ... Barney Cull
Julian Barratt ... Conch
Paul Burling ... Harry's Dad
Shingai Shoniwa Shingai Shoniwa ... Station Attendant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Alliss Mark Alliss ... Policeman (as Mark Allis)
Claire Ashton ... Audience Member
Camilla Beeput ... Veterinary Receptionist (as Camilla Marie Beeput)
Alan Bentley Alan Bentley ... Fireman
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Storyline

Under the mistaken impression that his pet hamster, Abu, is ill Harry Hill and his Nan (Julie Walters) take him to the vet, who wrongly gives them the tragic news that Abu has one week to live. Harry, who thinks he speaks fluent hamster (but, in fact, misunderstands every squeak that comes out of his little pal's mouth), incorrectly thinks Abu's dying wish is a trip to Blackpool. With Nan making three, the trio embark on a road trip to the seaside town. Unbeknownst to them, the Vet is actually the dirty rotten henchman of Harry's evil twin brother Otto (Matt Lucas), who was raised separately by Alsatians. Addicted to Hula-Hoops and fueled by revenge, Otto's nefarious plot is to kidnap Abu and make him the centerpiece of the plastinated hamster world he's creating in his evil lair. Can Harry and Nan stop Otto before it's too late? Written by Production

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Magic Numbers BB


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Фильм Гарри Хилла See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the filming was done in Blackpool. Harry and his cast were stopped and interrupted many times for autographs during shooting. See more »

Quotes

Harry Hill: It's getting a bit 'Les Misèrables' now!
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Crazy Credits

At the start of the film it says "Based on a true story." At the end, it says "In memory of Dylan- 1978-1980" See more »


Soundtracks

Frere Jacques
Traditional
Performed by Harry Hill
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Underrated and insane genius
11 September 2014 | by richard-bown-104-573762See all my reviews

I've never been moved to post a review on IMDb but considering the number of Adam Sandler films that rank in the 6s something had to be done to make a case for this little gem. And a gem it is if, like me, you're a fan of the puerile as long as it's accompanied with a healthy pinch of sardonic humour.

There is something of the genius about this movie. Something refreshingly honest about the performances, the colour palettes, the lame jokes, the physical humour, the songs, the locations, the props. To get some of the references it may help if you've grown up in the UK during the 70s and 80s or currently have children under 16 however the appeal is somewhat broader and the performances from all of the cast are nuanced, tongue firmly in cheek and the pacing and story is gentle and above all it's just fun. Consider the fact that you've got Harry Potter alumni in the cast - Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent - stars of UK screen - then you know you've got a solid British backbone to play off. Harry Hill is unphased, effortlessly gooning about in front of the camera and then you've also got great performances by Simon Bird, a bewildered Johnny Vegas as the voice of Abu and also (pop band) the Magic Numbers singing a lovely song about running a Bed and Breakfast on the British seaside.

Yes it's silly, yes it's obvious, yes it's simple but it's also evocative of the past triumphs of niche British cinema. It nods to our failings and to our weaknesses and to our guilty pleasures - and even the obviously filled in bits (Brains on legs, random shell people) don't detract from the fact that's it's just fun. Like an updated an detitillated Carry On movie - it's the best of British and I hope they make a follow up.

Try it out, suspend your disbelief, have a giggle.


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