Silvio Narizzano (1970)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Joe Orton's mordant play is about a bundle of stolen money hidden in a coffin that gets buried in the churchyard. The body is hidden somewhere else. It's a ruthless satire on authoritarianism as well as a send-up of the Agatha Christie-style whodunnit which had kept the British theatre ticking over for decades. The play had gone from disaster to prize-winning success but the film version flopped badly. Reworked by TV writers Galton and Simpson, it's wholly faithful to Orton's surreal sense of humour and the extreme tackiness of the characters, especially Richard Attenborough who clearly delights in playing the creepiest, kinkiest detective you'll ever see. A movie of embalming fluid, garden gnomes and wallpaper that's violent enough to upstage a nuclear war.


A crook hides the proceeds from a robbery in his mother's coffin. Black comedy, starring Lee Remick and Richard Attenborough.

Cast & Crew

Actor Lee Remick
Actor Richard Attenborough
Actor Hywel Bennett
Director Silvio Narizzano

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Performing Arts LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray