|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay|
|Collections:||May - Drama|
|Run time:||1 hour 38 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 May 2013|
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A Liitle Gem!By jch21c1 (41 reviews) from Halesowen , 06 Jan 2013
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[Highly rated reviewer]Definitely for the Radio 4/Classic FM generation this film is a little gem. Sensitively done you wouldn't think this was a thoroughly British film directed by an American, Dustin Hoffman. It is hard to pick out the best performance of Smith, Courtney, Conolly or Collins, but on balance the latter steals the day. Highly recommended.
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One of the best British films I've seenBy SussexScribbler (2 reviews) , 03 Dec 2013One of the best films I've seen in a very long time. The music, the cast full of wonderful, unassuming British actors, the settings, the direction - all superb. Yes, if you liked The King's Speech, you'll love this, but it's so much more than that. It combines a lot of delightful gentle humour with the odd moment of sadness so that, in the way of English comedy, you can be laughing out loud then suddenly find yourself sniffing tears away. I've given copies to everyone I can think of - the only ones it won't appeal to are those that like blood-and-guts movies! (And no, I'm not in my dotage).
Another Saga SagaBy Home-Start (2 reviews) , 02 Dec 2013We're the right demographic but, please, spare us these Saga Sagas! We wanted to see this movie because of the cast and the director. Now we wonder why: the plot was turgid and predictable, the setting ( a retirement home for retired musicians and singers, styled by Laura Ashley and Cath Kidston) was improbable and unrealistic and the cast were reduced to delivering a string of caricatures whilst speaking clunky and unconvincing lines. We couldn't believe that a movie with such a strong cast of fine actors and national treasures could be so weak. Everyone likes a 'feel-good' movie and old age doesn't need to be depressing but this was twee, dull and over-sentimental. Potential viewers would do better to listen to a good play on Radio 4 or tune into Classic FM for 1 hour and 38 minutes instead.
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Sweet and sour heavenBy FCAhound (76 reviews) from London & Norfolk , 24 Nov 2013Dustin Hoffman makes every bit as good a job of his directing debut as he made of most of his acting career (watch the documentaries included with the dvd to see how he did it and how much the splendid cast loved him for it). Because the lead players are good beyond 'acting' and the rest of the cast are non-actors, this film is surprisingly real in feel. It has important things to say but, given that one of them is not to take life too seriously, it says them with a light if sure touch. If you are older it will be good to see your age group on screen, if you are younger it will be good to understand better what lies ahead. Either way, if you have a heart it will move it a little. Promise.
Like two pairs of old comfy slippersBy a customer , 23 Nov 2013Another entertaining and slightly off-beat British character-led drama with accomplished actors doing their thing well. You only have to to look at the cast list to see what you're going to get, and Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is suitably impressive. It won't blow your socks off but it'll keep you amused, especially if you're approaching a certain age.
A film for oldies?By Calcotpete (2 reviews) , 23 Nov 2013I think the actors were the thing that made this film - all great. A poignant film reflecting on getting old and past your prime. I enjoyed it!