The Ladykillers details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner, Katie Johnson, Katie Johnston, Frankie Howerd, Kenneth Connor|
|Collections:||Top 100 Best of British|
|Run time:||1 hour 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Sep 2002|
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Not the cream of Ealing.....but a very good film indeed.By roncoach (370 reviews) from suffolk , 30 Oct 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]This is like a Who's-who of British film stars of the period.
It's more a case of who ISN'T in the film than who IS in it.
I suppose Alec Guiness steals the best part, a rare feat when Peter Sellers is in a film, but every role is played to perfection by great stalwarts of British cinema.
The storyline is so original, so funny and so good in the way it is brought to the screen. The magic Ealing formula that( in another of its productions) came up with Pimlico becoming an independent country, just as Del-Boy would have wished LOL. This is just as unlikely, and just as endearing.
There are only a few flaws which stop me awarding 4 stars, mainly involving the setting, the 'slowness' in places during the film, the feeling that eventually it may risk overstaying its welcome.
All that latter criticism may sound a bit petty, but such are the things that make us all have opinions and thoughts.
But 3.5 stars ranks as 'very good'........and that sums up this very good British film from a purple patch in our homegrown cinema history.
Very good......and heartily recommended : it will please virtually every viewer to some extent or another.
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Traditional british flickBy Randomfilmbuff (327 reviews) from London , 14 Nov 2009If this summend up a category it is a dark version of traditional british comedy. not my cup of tea but an excellent performance by elizabeth johnson
one of my favouritesBy Fredmoth (1 review) from Bristol , 15 Sep 2009One of the gems from the days of technicolour. A simple but great plot, it has the prolific Alec Guiness playing a charming professor who flips to a menacing deviant by smiling a millimetre differently. If you've got a sunday coming up and want a crime/thriller/comedy this is for you.
Utter GeniusBy Boatthink (76 reviews) from Burton , 16 Jun 2009Never in the feild of human entertainment has so much been done for Boccherini.
Never a missed beat, the film itself has the compressed insight joy and balance of a well made chamber peice. Granted, the characters are a each a theme so much themselves that much as the Lady to the Inspector, Luigi might seem to be in a different film to the Professor: each is in such a world of their own: but that is life. Yes, I say, caricature can be truer than earnest lifeless realism, - laugh at those cosmic dimwits who treat seriousness as a test of reality! Alec Guiness's false teeth have more truth in them than a Mike Leigh festival. And certainly better lines. Rewards repeated veiwing. Possibly the best film ever.
ClassicBy porthos (48 reviews) from Huddersfield , 14 May 2009This is a real gem of a film.Great performances from everyone,especially the sweet old lady and Alec Guiness.Simple story,with no FX.it is what you would expect from a film that is over half a century old.
The LadykillersBy a customer from Bristol , 15 Feb 2009Great classic - really enjoyed watching star cast - young Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness. Definintely one to keep for a rainy day and a cosy fire!