Alan Partridge

Overview

Everyone's favorite narcissistic media personality finds himself at the center of a simmering hostage crisis in this comedy. Smarmy BBC sports reporter-turned-TV talk-show host Alan Partridge ({|Steve Coogan|}) never met a guest he couldn't look down on. His career has had many peaks and valleys over the past two decades, and now Partridge has landed a job on the radio. As host of small-town Norfolk's "Mid-Morning Matters," Partridge spins the latest hits while putting an irreverent twist on top local news ...
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Overview

Everyone's favorite narcissistic media personality finds himself at the center of a simmering hostage crisis in this comedy. Smarmy BBC sports reporter-turned-TV talk-show host Alan Partridge ({|Steve Coogan|}) never met a guest he couldn't look down on. His career has had many peaks and valleys over the past two decades, and now Partridge has landed a job on the radio. As host of small-town Norfolk's "Mid-Morning Matters," Partridge spins the latest hits while putting an irreverent twist on top local news stories. But when a disgruntled DJ ({|Colm Meaney|}) responds to getting fired by taking the staff hostage, Partridge becomes the intermediary between the volatile gunman and the police. Meanwhile, with the entire town watching, it's only a matter of time before the clueless Partridge says something he'll regret.
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Special Features

Making of Alan Partidge; Behind the scenes; AXS TV: a look at Alan Partridge
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Making an inherently unlikable character somehow endearing is no simple task, but as impossibly narcissistic failed talk-show host Alan Partridge, British actor Steve Coogan virtually built his career on just such an impossible feat. Although the thoroughly English character remains a cult figure outside of the U.K., Partridge has become a mainstay in contemporary British comedy, while Coogan, the man behind the too-wide smile, has expanded his comic horizons with the BAFTA-winning series The Trip (subsequently edited into feature form, with a sequel soon to follow) and the Oscar-nominated Philomena (which took home a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay). That's a verbose way of saying that Coogan has gradually distinguished himself as a talent with far more range than his detractors would care to credit him with, though his genius might be that he's still not afraid to look like a total dolt. In taking Partridge to the big screen with this eponymously titled film, Coogan does precisely that, proving that success has yet to dull his self-depricating comic instincts. And while the odds are low that the character will break through to American comedy fans if he hasn't already, those in the know can take comfort in the fact that Alan Partridge, the movie, is true to the rich comic legacy established by Alan Partridge, the insufferable egomaniac. BBC sports reporter-turned-TV host Alan Partridge (Coogan) never met a guest he couldn't look down on. His career has had many peaks and valleys over the past two decades, and now he has landed a job on the radio. As the host of Norfolk's "Mid-Morning Matters," he spins the latest hits while putting an irreverent twist on top local news stories. But when a new corporate entity takes over the station and a disgruntled DJ (Colm Meaney) responds to getting fired by taking the staff hostage, Partridge becomes the intermediary between the volatile gunman and the police. With the entire town watching, it's only a matter of time before the clueless host says something he'll regret. Few comic creations have an indefinite shelf life, but the less relevant Partridge becomes in his own fictional universe, the funnier he gets in the real world. Perhaps it's his staunch refusal to acknowledge his failures (or at least to be shackled by them), but there's something in his utter cluelessness that's almost admirable for those who feel constrained by self-awareness. Partridge remains as pompous as ever in this film, despite having fallen about as far as a media personality can without fading into total obscurity. We laugh at him for it, yet for those who have witnessed the character's steady decline over the years, that laughter contains some substance. Willfully blind to the shake-up unfolding at the radio station, Partridge appears incapable of even ackowledging that his career is in jeopardy until he literally sees it in writing, and even then he's incapable of anything more than reflexive self-preservation. As a writer, Coogan has taken the character's professional trajectory to its logical end and revealed just how deep Partridge's flaws run, and as a comic performer, he remains razor sharp and fearless (as evidenced in a scene that finds him locked outside of the radio station sans slacks). It takes a particularly skilled actor to navigate that intersection between conceptual and physical comedy, but Coogan does it in a way that feels entirely organic. By contrasting Partridge against Meaney's character -- an earnest man who is essentially the antithesis of Partridge -- Coogan gives this farcical hostage situation just enough dramatic weight to service the characters without souring the mood. Likewise, gags revolving around the world's most cynical radio jingle, some inappropriate basking in the media spotlight, and a septic tank serve to keep the atmosphere enjoyably irreverent: They offer longtime fans of Alan Partridge the opportunity to laugh at the character's faults, while showing the uninitiated just what they've been missing. So even if you've never heard the name Alan Partridge before, the film that bears his name is likely to keep you laughing, and perhaps send you on a hilarious journey of discovery back through his not-so-illustrious career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2014
  • UPC: 876964006750
  • Original Release: 2013
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  • Source: Magnolia
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 71,650

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Coogan Alan Partridge, Jason Statham, Jason Bourne, Jason Argonaut
Felicity Montagu Lynn Benfield
Simon Greenall Michael
Colm Meaney Pat Farrell
Tim Key Side Kick Simon
Karl Theobald Greg Frampton
Nigel Lindsay Jason Tresswell
Dustin Demri-Burns Danny Sinclair
Molly Seymour Danny's Posse
Adam Langstaff Danny's Posse
Aaron Heffernan Danny's Posse
Phil Cornwell Dave Clifton
Monica Dolan Angela Ashbourne
Kieran Hodgson Exec
Elizabeth Berrington Bernie
Katie Males Desk WPC
Dan Mersh Sarge
Anna Maxwell Martin Janet Whitehead
Darren Boyd Martin Fitch
Sean Pertwee Steve Stubbs
Simon Delaney Don
Simon Kunz Conner Scott
Lucy Briers Tonia Scott
Debra Stewart Chastity John
Jessica Knappett WPC South
Peter Singh Officer Rohan Kapoor
Jayne Secker Sky News Reporter
Diane Morgan Girl in Crowd
Clive Myrie BBC News 24 Anchor
Stewart White BBC Look East Anchor
Eleanor Matsuura TV Reporter
Robert Whitelock Armed Mangina Officer
Martin Glyn Murray Mangina Paparazzo
Cicely Giddings Septic Tank Girl
Alan Rothwell Old Man on Pier
Rita Davies Old Lay on Pier
Anna Stockton Paramedic
Technical Credits
Declan Lowney Director
Peter Baynham Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Jenny Borgars Executive Producer
Steve Coogan Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Julian Day Costumes/Costume Designer
Ilan Eshkeri Score Composer
Mark Everson Editor
Neil Gibbons Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Rob Gibbons Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Armando Iannucci Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Christine Langan Executive Producer
Kevin Loader Producer
Dick Lunn Production Designer
Ian Neil Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry Normal Producer
Joe Oppenheimer Executive Producer
Danny Perkins Executive Producer
Ben Smithard Cinematographer
Vanessa White Makeup
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