Stiff Upper Lips

Stiff Upper Lips

Gary Sinyor (1997)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A parody (long overdue, some might feel) of the "white flannel" school of British film-making that produced the likes of Brideshead Revisited, Chariots of Fire and Gandhi, which are all amusingly ridiculed here by Gary Sinyor, one of the directors of Leon the Pig Farmer. Prunella Scales is delightful as the aristocratic Aunt Agnes, who takes her soppy family on a grand tour, on which many awful mishaps occur. A genuinely witty script, and locations in Italy and India, make one forget that the joke could have been made in a three-minute television sketch. A marvellous cast does not include producer Ismail Merchant, who refused a part - as a merchant.


An Edwardian upper-class twit plots to marry off his sister to his equally dim friend, but she is far more interested in the family's working-class gamekeeper. The siblings' eccentric aunt tries to resolve the crisis by leading the whole family on a tour of Italy and India in the misguided hope that romance will blossom. Comedy, starring Peter Ustinov, Prunella Scales, Sean Pertwee, Georgina Cates and Samuel West.

Cast & Crew

Horace Peter Ustinov
Aunt Agnes Ivory Prunella Scales
Emily Ivory Georgina Cates
Edward Ivory Samuel West
George Sean Pertwee
Eric Brian Glover
Hudson Junior Frank Finlay
Cedric Trilling Robert Portal
Hurdler Kevin Furlong
Station master Jon Croft
Hudson senior Charles Simon
Rosie Anna Livia Ryan
His Butler's voice Geoffrey Palmer
Dr Henry David Ashton
Mr Tweeb Richard Braine
American husband Mac McDonald
American wife Kate Harper
Director Gary Sinyor
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video