Run for Your Wife

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Run for Your Wife

Ray Cooney, John Luton (2013)

93min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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 & Crew

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

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Ball Park Films Released on: 15 Feb 2013

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