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Britannia Hospital

Britannia Hospital

Lindsay Anderson (1982)

111min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Lindsay Anderson's top-heavy symbolism all but crushes the satirical life out of this attempt to lampoon the state of the nation, with a run-down hospital expecting a royal visit to celebrate its 500th anniversary used as a metaphor for Britain's moral decay. Media hacks, strike-bent workers, bureaucratic chaos and sinister laboratory experiments are Anderson's targets, although the burlesque humour makes it seem closer to "Carry On Casualty". Malcolm McDowell, Anderson's favourite hero in such films as If... and O Lucky Man!, is the journalist who wanders through NHS chaos in a film saved by some of Britain's finest character actors, including Leonard Rossiter, Graham Crowden, Jill Bennett and cherubic Joan Plowright. Don't expect to find wit as sharp as a hospital scalpel; this seems happier using a meat cleaver.

Summary

Comedy about a hospital's attempts to celebrate its 500th anniversary despite complications posed by protest groups, abrasive patients and a mad doctor. The all-star cast includes Malcolm McDowell, Leonard Rossiter, Graham Crowden, Fulton Mackay, Joan Plowright, Robin Askwith, Alan Bates and Arthur Lowe.

Cast & Crew

Potter Leonard Rossiter
Millar Graham Crowden
Mick Travis Malcolm McDowell
Phyllis Grimshaw Joan Plowright
Nurse Amanda Persil Marsha A Hunt
Sammy Frank Grimes
MacMillan Jill Bennett
Ben Keating Robin Askwith
Lady Felicity John Bett
Sir Geoffrey Peter Jeffrey
Chief Superintendant Johns Fulton Mackay
Greville Figg John Moffatt
Florrie Dandy Nichols
Macready Alan Bates
Red Mark Hamill
Picket Robert Pugh
Picket Robbie Coltrane
General Wetherby Roland Culver
Hermione Betty Marsden
Maisie Liz Smith
Gregory John Gordon-Sinclair
Patient Arthur Lowe
Director Lindsay Anderson
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy

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