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The Hippopotamus (2017)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1 August 2017 (USA)
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Disgraced poet Ted Wallace is summoned to his friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles.

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John Jencks

Writers:

Stephen Fry (based on the novel by), Blanche McIntyre | 3 more credits »
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Roger Allam ... Ted Wallace
Tim Charles ... Saturninus
Rod Glenn ... Bassianus
Amanda Holt Amanda Holt ... Beatrice Quiet
Amy Marchant Amy Marchant ... Nancy Chunkle
Adrian Bouchet ... Marcus Andronicus
Simon Markey ... Ally Pecher
Claire Lacey Claire Lacey ... Anita Hare
Andrew Alexander Andrew Alexander ... Matthew Lake
Russell Tovey ... Rupert Keynes
Paul Bown Paul Bown ... Roddy (as Paul Brown)
Emily Berrington ... Jane Swann
Dean Ridge ... Simon Logan
Thaila Zucchi Thaila Zucchi ... Mrs. Vance
Fiona Shaw ... Anne Logan
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A country manor mystery that's actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, The Hippopotamus is a rollicking adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephen Fry. It centers on a lapsed poet, failed drama critic, redundant husband and hard-working drunk, Ted Wallace (the mellifluously voiced Roger Allam in a rare starring role). Fired from his newspaper job, Ted leaps at the chance to drown his sorrows at his old friend's country estate, Swafford Hall. A series of spiritual healings have recently put the household in a tizzy. The purported miracle worker is his hosts' teenage son, Ted's godson, David (Tommy Knight). Lord and Lady Logan are set on sharing their boy's "gift" with the world, blissfully unaware that his "laying on of hands" trick involves, well, an emphasis on "laying." At odds with a colorful party of fellow guests only too ready to swallow anything they're told, Ted sets out to prove the miracles are a hoax and save the young man from a lifetime of embarrassment. Written by https://teaser-trailer.com

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A beast of a comedy.

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Comedy

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UK

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English

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1 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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2.39:1
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This movie contains three Game of Thrones (2011) cast members, including Roger Allam, Tim McInnerny and Sebastian Croft. See more »

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Ted Wallace: Feeling like twelve types of dick, I was suddenly struck by an image of David sprouting wings and flying away. Certainly that would be a miracle worth investigating.
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Written by Marian Grudeff and Ray Jessel (as Raymond Jessel)
Performed by Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp.
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Horsing around
21 July 2017 | by begobSee all my reviews

A clapped out poet brings his powers of perception to an English country house acclaimed for its miraculous cures, and finds more than he bargained for ...

Lovely doff of the cap to English detective fiction that declines to avert its gaze into the nonsense of the convention. The theme of miracle cures is important, so the one scene of emotion toward the end matters a lot - I didn't feel it, maybe because the moment of death was never addressed thematically. Hey - it's a country estate, built on the deaths of others.

The pace and humour are good, and the hero is perfectly smashed and detached. The weakness is in the supporting characters - not the performances, but their drama and the necessity of their presence. No great turns or lines, and I guess that's down to the original writing.

Music and sets are gorgeous, editing keeps it clipping along.

Overall: Insightful and entertaining, not so dramatic.


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