The Rebel / The Punch And Judy Man details
|Starring:||Ronald Fra, Nanette Newman, Tony Hancock, Margit Saad, Liz Fraser, John Le Mesurier, Peter Bull, John Le Mesurier, Sylvia Syms, George Sanders, Paul Massie|
|Directors:||Robert Day, Jeremy Summers|
|Studio:||4 FRONT VIDEO|
|U Disc 1|
The Punch And Judy Man
|U Disc 2|
|Run time:||3 hours 9 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Apr 2003|
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RefreshingBy a customer from Cheltenham , 23 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I found this a refreshing change from the films coming out today, and Tony Hancock a refreshing change from today's comedians. Its a must for Hancock enthusiasts. I thoroughly enjoyed both films.
one for the oldiesBy officegirl1 (33 reviews) from Cannock , 02 Aug 2011one for the oldies this - my husband loved this - grandson wasn't so keen - but then again he only likes toy story
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Punch & Judy - kitchen sink dramaBy radar (26 reviews) from Southampton , 27 Jul 2009Many of the reviewers of the Punch and Judy Man, comparing it to The Rebel, fail to notice a few subtle, but important points.
The Punch and Judy Man was written by Tony Hancock himself, from his own idea. It is not designed as an extension of his successful Half Hours, but was written to lean towards the 'kitchen sink' dramas that were gaining popularity at the time. Most of the powerful scenes in the film would best be described as 'poignant' rather than comic. It is a wonderful piece of British cinema and a shame it doesn't get a more wider audience.
The Rebel on the otherhand is a Galton & Simpson work, and is more akin to Hancock's usual style. Humour in the script in every scene, the only downfall for me is the fact it's really nothing more than one joke stretched over the full film.
Both films though are infinitely better than most movies churned out by Tinsletown these days and both deserve their place in British cinema history.
WatchableBy porthos (48 reviews) from Huddersfield , 09 May 2009Did not rate The Punch And Judy Man,it was too long But I enjoyed the Rebel.A story of an office worker who becomes tired of the daily grind and escapes to France to further his painting careerThis film is of its time.Do not expect too much.It is watchable though.
The Rebel / The Punch and Judy ManBy a customer from London , 15 Apr 2009The Rebel is one of my all time favourites - great performance from Tony Hancock in Paris. The Punch and Judy Man is a little disappointing - he should have stuck to acting, not directing.
Punching below his beltBy Nootlin (134 reviews) from London , 01 Feb 2009I became a fan of Hancock not through his TV shows (although I've seen most of his stuf since) but through the film The Rebel. I still think The Rebel is an amazing, almost timeless comedy masterclass, so I was happy to discover that film twinned with this eariler work - The Punch and Judy Man.
The Punch and Judy Man is a small film on many levels, but oddly enjoyable nonetheless. Hancock is excellent as the rebellious yet morose Punch and Judy man, and Sylvia Sims as his gorgeous wife is wonderful. It has dated, but that's part of the charm, a world of yester-year, when people holidayed by the sea and men wore bowler hats.
The story, however, is slight, and seems to end quite abruptly without really fleshing out any of the more interesting themes of class differences and small-town celebrity, and money woes. Which is a pity, because although it hasn't aged well, these themes seem very relevant today. I rarely think that remakes are a good idea, but I think The Punch and Judy Man deserves one.
If you love The Rebel you'll like this film. A nice way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon, you'd be a fool to flick to another channel if it was on TV, but maybe you'd feel the fool if you wasted money on renting it...