Run for Your Wife

  • 12A
  • Ray Cooney, John Luton (2013)
  • UK
  • 93 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Ray Cooney's "adult comedy" about a bigamous cabbie was a huge stage hit back in the 1980s. With options not taken up to adapt the play in the intervening years, Cooney has decided to co-direct a version himself. The obvious question to ask is why. Because, like the Carry Ons, this frantic farce is of its type and time. Unfortunately, there's no irony or retro self-awareness about this adaptation, which is played as if the last 30 years simply haven't happened. Danny Dyer stars as the two-timing taxi driver whose double life begins to unravel when he acts the hero one night, and Denise Van Outen and Sarah Harding play his oblivious wives. In support is a veritable who's-who (and often who's-that?) of ageing British stage and screen stars, from Rolf Harris and Judi Dench to Russ Abbot and June Whitfield. Dyer is a ball of energy in the lead and playing spot-the-celeb provides mild amusement. But, essentially, this is one for nostalgia lovers, who rue the passing of simpler, cornier and less-PC times.

Cast and crew


John Smith
Danny Dyer
Michelle Smith
Denise Van Outen
Stephanie Smith
Sarah Harding
Gary Gardner
Neil Morrissey
Bobby Franklin
Christopher Biggins
Lionel Blair
Dick Holland
Jeffrey Holland
Barry Cryer
Bag lady
Judi Dench
Cliff Richard
Rolf Harris
DS Troughton
Ben Cartwright
DS Porterhouse
Nicholas Le Prevost
Russ Abbot
June Whitfield
PC Pulford
Derek Griffiths


Ray Cooney
John Luton

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Ball Park Films
Released 15 Feb 2013