Hobson's Choice details
|Starring:||Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda De Banzie|
|Run time:||1 hour 43 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Aug 2008|
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Outstanding example of hte way cinema used to beBy Polonius (23 reviews) from Thame, Oxon , 29 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Two films for the price of one, especially of this calibre? Has to be a bargain. Hobson's Choice is a movie in the long-forgotten tradition of British comedies: a blend of clever dialogue, sharp characterisations and occasional slapstick. This movie most definitely deserves the epithet 'Classic' and is suitable for all of the family (although some may have difficulty understanding the harsher aspects of the Northern accents). The themes of the film may now be a little outdated, but thankfully the story more than makes up for this with wit and insight. Definitely one for the collection. The second movie on the disc, 'Breaking The Sound Barrier', is just as dated but sadly does not age all too well. Following the story of England's early attempts to try to break through the sound barrier, the acting comes over as rather twee with everybody, including the mechanics, speaking a form of BBC Received Pronunciation English which thankfully is no longer heard today. For all of its faults however, this is still a movie to while away a wet, lazy afternoon.
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Excellent; Loved ItBy CashOnTheNail (130 reviews) from Manchester , 13 Mar 2008Charles Laughton [Witness For The Prosecution] runs his Salford shop with unpaid daughters Prunella Scales aka Sybil Fawlty [Ghost Of Greville Lodge, The] Daphne Anderson [Beggars Opera, The] Brenda De Banzie [Too Many Crooks] & underpaid bootmakers John Mills [Thirty-Nine Steps, The] Jack Howarth aka Albert Tatlock [Man In The White Suit, The]. Charles bows & scrapes when carriage-trade client Helen Haye [Teenage Daughter, My] demands to see the actual workman who made her boots then demands John advise if he should ever leave for a position in Saint Annes Square, Manchester
Back to the pastBy a customer from accrington England , 13 Feb 2007abrilliant film from past times a great look into what the world was like along long time ago which brought us back to childhood brilliant actors
Wonderful CharactersBy a customer from Wales , 30 Jan 2007This movie shows the pride, passion and talent of those wonderful actors and actresses from years ago. The storyline and the portrayals are wonderful and I recomend this movie to anyone
Hobson's ChoiceBy RJNeb2 (1012 reviews) from London , 18 Jan 2007Cheery adaptation of a popular play with Laughton as the overbearing father of three daughters and shoe-shop proprietor who comes undone when his eldest finally decides to break out on her own, and takes her father's chief shoe-maker with her. The part suits the bombastic Laughton to a T but Lean coaxes some wonderful work out of Mills and especially de Banzie too.
FantasticBy a customer from England , 29 Oct 2006spent a cosy afternoon watching this film and it truely is a classic you will not be disapointed!! john mills fantastic in this differant role!
your love it!!