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Stiff Upper Lips

  • Comedy
  • 1997
  • Gary Sinyor
  • 91 mins
  • 15

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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HoracePeter Ustinov
Aunt Agnes IvoryPrunella Scales
Emily IvoryGeorgina Cates
Edward IvorySamuel West
GeorgeSean Pertwee
EricBrian Glover
Hudson JuniorFrank Finlay
Cedric TrillingRobert Portal
HurdlerKevin Furlong
Station masterJon Croft
Hudson seniorCharles Simon
RosieAnna Livia Ryan
His Butler's voiceGeoffrey Palmer
Dr HenryDavid Ashton
Mr TweebRichard Braine
American husbandMac McDonald
American wifeKate Harper

Crew

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DirectorGary Sinyor

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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