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Short summary

Writer Johnny Speight continues his work against racism with this thought provoking made-for-TV drama which examines the ways in which human beings pigeon-hole each other with regards to their religion, colour, or sex.

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    • Author: Kahavor
    I showed this movie, which lasts 90 minutes as I recall, to high school students many times about 25 - 30 years ago and have not seen it in more than 25 years. My source was the public library which no longer has the 16 mm film copy. I would very much like a VHS or DVD copy as this movie is absolutely great in my opinion. I would, if nothing else is available, be willing to purchase a 16 mm copy as I suppose it could be converted to a form I can use.

    The movie deals with the influence of advertising and the power it can have to influence our behaviors. It also deals with the unwillingness to look at facts and, instead, blindly follow our prejudices. An absolutely fascinating part deals with the fact that the respect that many people in society get comes from various social ills; we respect doctors, judges, military generals, etc. and their position rests on disease, injustice, war, etc.
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    • Author: Faebei
    This and the 1974 broadcast came on the same, bare-bones DVD. Set at a cemetery, this is an immensely biting satire dealing with racism(do note that it uses offensive terms), xenophobia in general, and to an extent, superficiality. In addition to fear of that which is different, this makes fun of priests, doctors, the military, etc. We also have a blind man and one who follows him with his eyes closed; as he puts it, who knows what he'd see if he opened them, and the two would no longer be similar, and how on Earth would they continue to get on with one another? The strength here lies in the writing and the performances. It is carried by dialog and the acting is excellent. This is not unlike a play at a theater. The editing and cinematography remain subtle, simple and in the background, and after the undertaker talks directly to the camera in the beginning, the form is fluid and lets the material speak for itself. This has some incredible points about the subject it deals with, and provides a veritable cornucopia of food for thought. There is a little dark comedy, and the jokes aren't necessarily laugh-out-loud as much as impeccably clever and ponderous. I could imagine this being used for teaching purposes, as it challenges, amuses and does not talk down to the viewer, or disrespect its topic. Without breaks, this has a running time of 55 minutes. There is a lewd joke and gag or two, and this contains disturbing content. I recommend this to everyone mature enough to appreciate it. 9/10
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Laurence Hardy Laurence Hardy - The Vicar
    Frank Thornton Frank Thornton - The Undertaker
    Leonard Cracknell Leonard Cracknell - The Private
    Ronald Radd Ronald Radd - The Sexton
    Moray Watson Moray Watson - The Officer
    Peter Craze Peter Craze - The Workman / Musician
    Leslie Sands Leslie Sands - The Blind Man
    Jimmy Hanley Jimmy Hanley - The Backwards Man
    John Castle John Castle - The Young Man
    Paul Hardwick Paul Hardwick - The Priest
    Valerie Leon Valerie Leon - The Senior Nurse
    Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey - The Doctor
    Carol Perdeck Carol Perdeck - Nurse
    Genevieve Genevieve - Nurse
    Carol Redhead Carol Redhead - Nurse
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