A Private Function

A Private Function

Director: Malcolm Mowbray Cast: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Liz Smith

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A Private Function

A British couple's attempts to circumvent local food-rationing regulations trigger a chaotic series of events in this satirical comedy set in post-World War II England. The couple's scheme centers on a massive hog which has been illegally raised by a local farmer. Seeing a chance to capitalize on pork's scarcity, the ambitious Joyce Chilvers (Maggie Smith) convinces her mild-mannered husband (Michael Palin) to steal the pig. Unfortunately for the Chilverses, a vigilant food inspector is on duty and determined to stop all such illegal activity. The couple's efforts to hide the pig provide much material for frantic and sometimes grotesque farce. Playwright Alan Bennett's acerbic targets the British class system and the wife's social ambitions.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2011
UPC: 0014381658354
Original Release: 1984
Rating: R
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 1:32:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Palin Gilbert Chilvers
Maggie Smith Joyce Chilvers
Liz Smith Mother
Denholm Elliott Dr. Charles Swaby
Richard Griffiths Henry Allardyce
John Normington Frank Lockwood
Bill Paterson Maurice Wormold
Anthony Haygarth Bernard Sutcliffe
Alison Steadman Mrs. Allardyce
Pete Postlethwaite Nuttol
Jim Carter Inspector Noble
Eli Woods Ernest
Eileen O'Brien Mrs. Sutcliff
Rachel Davies Mrs. Forbes
Reece Dinsdale P.C. Penny
Philip Whileman Preston
Charles McKeown Medcalf
Susan Porrett Mrs. Medcalf
Donald Eccles Father
Denys Hawthorne Hotel Manager
Don Estelle Barraclough
Amanda Gregan Veronica
Paula Tilbrook Mrs. Turnbull
Bernard Wrigley Painter
Lee Daley Painter's Boy
Gilly Coman Dorothy
Maggie Ollerenshaw Woman
Josie Lane Mrs. Beavers
David Morgan Marvin

Technical Credits
Malcolm Mowbray Director,Original Story
Alan Bennett Original Story,Screenwriter
Christine Beveridge Makeup
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
John Du Prez Score Composer
Michelle Guish Casting
George Harrison Executive Producer
Tony Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
Judith Lang Art Director
Debbie McWilliams Casting
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Michael Porter Art Director
Mark Shivas Producer
Barrie Vince Editor
Stuart Walker Production Designer

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