Britannia Hospital

Britannia Hospital

Leonard Rossiter
Director: Lindsay Anderson Cast: Leonard Rossiter
Leonard Rossiter
, Graham Crowden
Graham Crowden
, Malcolm McDowell
Malcolm McDowell
Lindsay Anderson

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Overview

This dark comedy charts the chaos that results when the panicked staff of a major English hospital attempts to prepare for a visit by the Queen Mother, only to face every problem imaginable. Britannia Hospital clearly attempts to recapture the anarchic bite of director Lindsay Anderson's previous satires If... and O Lucky Man, but fails to achieve the same combination of intelligent political critique, comic lunacy, and skillful filmmaking. (Indeed, the three films are often considered a loosely linked trilogy, largely due to the presence in all three of lead Malcolm McDowell). The film does make a valiant effort, but its commentary on the poor, labor disputes, and the inhumanity of bureaucratic institutions mixes uneasily with the film's broader elements, like the experiments of a cartoonish mad scientist. The result is often quite entertaining on a scene-by-scene basis, but the film never reaches the level of delirious, farcical energy or satirical sharpness to which it clearly aspires.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/2020
UPC: 0738329250119
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 9,206

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan Malcolm McDowell on Lindsay Anderson - a interview with Malcolm McDowell Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leonard Rossiter Potter
Graham Crowden Millar
Malcolm McDowell Mick Travis
Joan Plowright Phyllis
Jill Bennett Dr. MacMillan
Marsha Hunt Amanda
Frank Grimes Fred
Alan Bates Actor
Roland Culver Actor
Brian Glover Actor
Mark Hamill Actor
Arthur Lowe Actor
Vivian Pickles Actor
Liz Smith Actor
Robin Askwith Ben Keating
Valentine Dyall Actor
Peter Jeffrey Sir. Geoffrey
Fulton Mackay Johns
Dandy Nichols Florrie

Technical Credits
Lindsay Anderson Director
Davina Belling Producer
Michael Ellis Editor
Mike Fash Cinematographer
Clive Parsons Producer
Alan Price Score Composer
David Sherwin Screenwriter
Norris Spencer Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Britannia Hospital
1. Chapter 1 [11:59]
2. Chapter 2 [12:49]
3. Chapter 3 [12:22]
4. Chapter 4 [13:36]
5. Chapter 5 [13:24]
6. Chapter 6 [12:57]
7. Chapter 7 [15:28]
8. Chapter 8 [13:34]
9. Chapter 9 [10:06]

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