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Consuming Passions
     

Consuming Passions

Director: Giles Foster, Vanessa Redgrave, Jonathan Pryce, Tyler Butterworth

Cast: Giles Foster, Vanessa Redgrave, Jonathan Pryce, Tyler Butterworth

 
A British production created by Monty Python alumni, this film concerns an inept chocolate-factory executive (Tyler Butterworth) who accidentally knocks three workers into a vat. The product is an incredible hit with consumers, though one of the workers' widows (Vanessa Redgrave) is considering blackmail.

Overview

A British production created by Monty Python alumni, this film concerns an inept chocolate-factory executive (Tyler Butterworth) who accidentally knocks three workers into a vat. The product is an incredible hit with consumers, though one of the workers' widows (Vanessa Redgrave) is considering blackmail.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A waste of a quite talented cast, Consuming Passions wants to be a zany, black corporate satire but is too labored and mannered to achieve its goal. A good deal of the problem lies in the premise, which is stated in the first few minutes but never developed; what might have made a darkly daffy short film has been stretched to feature length, and the law of diminishing returns sets in very quickly. The middle section is padded to no discernible purpose -- certainly no discernible comedic purpose -- causing it to come to a dead halt when it needs to be galloping. The plotting problems would be less important if the screenplay provided uproarious laughs or insightful dialogue, but it never comes close to either. Matters are made much worse by Giles Foster's leaden direction, which hammers a nail into any moment that gives even the slightest hint of being ready to take off and soar. Under this direction, a cast of first rate talents tries its hardest -- but to no avail. Vanessa Redgrave gives an embarrassingly grotesque performance, Tyler Butterworth is bland to the point of invisibility, and Prunella Scales is given nothing to do. Only Jonathan Pryce manages to rise somewhat above the proceedings, providing most of the few laughs that the film generates.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2011
UPC:
0883904243922
Original Release:
1988
Source:
Mgm Mod
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
61,447

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vanessa Redgrave Mrs. Garza
Jonathan Pryce Mr. Farris
Tyler Butterworth Ian Littleton
Fred Jones Graham Chumley
Sammi Davis Felicity Stubbs
Prunella Scales Ethel
Thora Hird Mrs. Gordon
William Rushton Big Teddy
John Wells Dr. Forrester
Timothy West Dr. Rees
Mary Healey Mrs. Eggleton
Andrew Sachs Jason
Bryan Pringle Gateman
Patrick Newell Lester
Preston Lockwood Josiah
Angus Barnett Josiah's Son
Marc Boyle Ambulanceman
Dick Brannick Butcher
Robert Bridges Wooster
Paul Dalton Ambulanceman
Debbie Davis Mrs. Coot
Gerard Dimiglio Frenchman
Susan Field Lady on TV
Geraldine Griffiths Thin Lady
Vicky Ireland Lady on TV
Linda Lusardi French Beauty
Julie May Lady on TV
David Neville Furniture Store Assistant
Helen Pearson Supermarket Assistant
Donald Pelmear Porter
Archie Pool Rastafarian
Julian Ronnie Piano Player
Adam Stoker Trevor
Leonard Trolley Mayor
Paddy Ward Tramp
Jo Warne Fat Lady
Wincey Willis TV Presenter

Technical Credits
Giles Foster Director
Terry Ackland-Snow Art Director,Production Designer
Patricia Carr Production Manager
Andrew Davies Screenwriter
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
Naomi Donne Makeup
Michael Ford Set Decoration/Design
John Grover Editor
Richard Hartley Score Composer
Barbara Kidd Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Lamont Production Designer
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Roger Simons Asst. Director
Colin Skeaping Stunts
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Stunts
Ian Wingrove Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
Paul D. Zimmerman Screenwriter

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