- General info
Alan Bennett's hilariously vicious, deliciously tasteless satire is set in 1947 England, when postwar privations could encourage the most respectable citizens to dabble in black market doings. When Gilbert Chilvers (Michael Palin), a meek podiatrist, and his social-climbing wife Joyce (Maggie Smith) learn that town bigwigs have bribed a farmer to fatten up an unlicensed pig, Joyce persuades Gilbert to kidnap the animal, and mayhem ensues.
- Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Richard Griffiths, Tony Haygarth, John Normington, Bill Paterson, Liz Smith, Alison Steadman, Jim Carter, Pete Postlethwaite, Eileen O'Brien, Rachel Davies, Reece Dinsdale, Philip Whileman, Charles McKeown, Susan Porrett, Donald Eccles, Denys Hawthorne, Don Estelle
- Malcolm Mowbray
- Alan Bennett
- Anchor Bay
- British Films, Comedy
1985 BAFTA Best Actress
1985 BAFTA Best Supporting Actor
1985 BAFTA Best Supporting Actress
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 92 minutes
- English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English DTS 2.0, English DTS 5.1
- DVD Regions:
- Region 2
- Aspect Ratio:
- Widescreen 1.85:1
- Commentary track with Michael Palin, Malcolm Mowbray and Alan Bennett
- Biographies: Malcolm Mowbray, Michael Palin, Dame Maggie Smith, Richard Griffiths and Denholm Elliott
- Film notes
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- A Private Function review by CP Customer
Good performances from some excellent British actors/tresses but the plot is very simple. Life is still the same today - those who havew influence, wealth and power manage to overcome rationing whilst those ordinary people must think up ways to improve their lot! The pig is a central character and being an animal lover one can understands the feelings it stirs. However all's well that ends well.
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