Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War

Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War

Ian Sharp (2000)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Opening in the stifling suburbia familiar to Shirley Valentine and culminating in an institutional rebellion reminiscent of Carry On Again Doctor, this adaptation of Vernon Coleman's novel has the feel of an overgrown, over-familiar sitcom. Yet initially the story shows promise, with the formerly browbeaten Thelma Caldicot (Shirley Valentine herself, Pauline Collins) embracing widowhood with vengeful gusto. However, once avaricious son Peter Capaldi consigns her to John Alderton's rest home, the gallows humour is replaced by a glutinous plea for a revision of society's dismissive attitude towards the elderly. The veteran supporting cast is game enough, but not even an editor as accomplished as Gerry Hambling - who's worked on most of director Alan Parker's best pictures - can enliven the sluggish proceedings.


An unfortunate incident with a cricket ball leaves a woman finally free of her dull husband, but her uncaring son soon puts paid to any idea of independence she may have had by putting her in a run-down nursing home, where she promptly incites her fellow inmates to revolt. Comedy drama, starring Pauline Collins, Peter Capaldi and John Alderton.

Cast & Crew

Thelma Caldicot Pauline Collins
Derek Caldicot Peter Capaldi
Hawksmoor John Alderton
Veronica Caldicot Anna Wilson-Jones
Audrey Gwenllian Davies
Joyce Sheila Reid
Leslie Frank Mills
Bernard Frank Middlemass
Director Ian Sharp
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ArrowAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy