Passport to Pimlico details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Stanley Holloway, Hermione Baddeley, Sydney Tafler, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray|
|Genre:||Comedy - Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
Passport to Pimlico
|1hr 21 mins||U|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 21 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Intelligent, historical, and very, very funnyBy a customer from Cardiff, Wales , 07 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]In the heatwave of the summer of 1948, the inhabitants of the London borough of Pimlico are still labouring under wartime rationing on food and clothing, and surrounded by bombed-out buildings and all the austerity of post-war London. They argue over how to develop their local area for the good of their community. Should they sell their bombed-out land for development or develop it themselves into a local leisure centre? Then the local children set off an unexploded bomb, uncovering old documents that reveal that Pimlico is actually legally Burgundy and not part of England at all. No more rationing, licensing laws or trading restrictions! All-night drinking, music and dancing, Sunday trading and the ready availability of bank loans draw in the crowds to the new free state of Pimlico/Burgundy. The British government is first baffled, then reacts by closing the frontier and cutting off vital supplies. Just like Britain a few years before, little Pimlico is under siege. As the adult inhabitants bicker, the children are evacuated to safety and Whitehall refuses to negotiate, can plucky little Pimlico survive? This is an insightful satire, exploring human motivation, relationships, conflicts and attitudes to authority with clear-sighted affection. It is also very, very funny. Watch out for the keep-fit crank, whom director Henry Cornelius introduced as an image of 'the widely-vaunted madness of the English'.
This film is especially recommended for those studying GSCE History (Second World War) as an enjoyable introduction to the effect of the war on ordinary people in London.
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Great Britain (or Burgundy) RecoversBy Cato (705 reviews) from Lydbury North , 20 May 2013Disappointing in that the sound quality was very poor and a lot of the dialogue was missed Also unfortunately the film seemed very dated in that old English way of presenting the world as one big jolly jape. Good to see all the familiar faces that we grew up with though.
A nicer, gentler timeBy a customer , 01 Feb 2013One of these classic Ealing films. A bit dated now - with scenes of London that will surprise the younger generations - but was of a nicer, gentler age
Prepare to be entertainedBy ecojanie (2 reviews) , 09 Jan 2013This is an all time Ealing Classic - I absolutely love it and can watch time and time again. Pure entertainment with humour, drama and an insight into a time gone by. Absolutely brilliant and from the stable that brought so many classics. Spoil yourself rent this, I doubt you'll be disappointed.
Great classicBy Ferry41 (223 reviews) from Oxford , 28 Feb 2012This is really a fantastic film that gives a fascinating look into England around the time of World War II with ration books etc. Despite its age, it's still funny and a very watchable classic.
Brilliant classicBy a customer , 07 Feb 2012What a wonderful film. It's a really enjoyable comedy, and is still very funny. It is also quite poignant and makes you consider the idea of community, nationalism and togetherness. I would highly recommend for a fun weekend film.