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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Irene Browne, Maurice Denham, Percy Herbert, Victor Maddern
  • Directors: Charles Frend
  • Writers: T.E.B. Clarke
  • Producers: Dennis Van Thal, Michael Balcon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KWHOJ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,800 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness. Captain Ambrose (Guinness) has a problem - a serious problem. Despite being descended from a famous seafaring family, he struggles on board ship because of chronic seasickness. At the end of the war, he decides to quit the waves and take a shore command. Buying the amusement arcade on the pier at Sandcastle-On-Sea, he looks for a calm life. But even on shore, he finds the waters rough. Opposition comes in the form of the local town council, which decides that all forms of gambling should be banned. From then on, Captain Ambrose faces stormy seas and all is definitely not plain sailing.

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111 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Baker on 28 Dec. 2008
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I have not seen this film for at least 30 years and was delighted to find it was on the Alec Guinness icon collection, which I received as a Christmas present. Alec Guinness plays Captain Ambrose, who comes from a long line of seafarers. However he suffers from acute seasickness and uses his retirement money to buy a delapidated Victorian pier. The corrupt town council have other ideas and want to knock the pier down for their own financial gain. He is not to be deterred and finds an unexpected ally in a former council member who has just found out her beach huts will also be demolished. They plan together to put her beach huts on the pier and turn the pier into a cruise "ship" for seasick holidaymakers. The battle of wits between Captain Ambrose and the crooked council are delightful and typically British. I will not say more about the plot, in 30 years it has not lost any of its charm and nostalgia.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Roberton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 July 2011
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I well remember watching old Black and White films on the television on Sunday afternoons and this wonderful film reminded me of those bygone days.

The story is about a sea captain (Alec Guiness) who gets terribly seasick and ends up retiring and buying a pier which he turns into a 'ship'. You have to watch the film to understand what I mean. This is typical of the films made by the score in the fifties for cinema hungry film lovers, if that is what you like, then this is most definitely for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Willetts on 6 May 2010
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It took me ages (years) to find this film, whenever it was shown on TV (usually BBC 2) it was under the title of 'ALL AT SEA'. By a chance I found it under 'Barnacle Bill'. Whichever title it goes under it is still a great film, and I still enjoy watching it. Well worth the wait.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Squinancy on 8 Jan. 2012
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I am an ardent collector of films in which Alec Guinness plays any - even a cameo - role. But I had not seen this one yet. Very pleasant, light but not at all trivial, entertainment. A sobering window on some of the mindless aspects of post-war austerity in Britain. Guinness is as superb as ever.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Steer on 13 Sept. 2009
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Brilliant performance by Sir Alec Guiness as usual, haven`t seen this film for quite some time but enjoyed every second of it from start to finish. Must not be missed hilarious all the way through.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. G. JONES on 24 Nov. 2010
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I purchased this as it was filmed in Hunstanton on the pier which no longer exists and i wanted to see what it was like.
Apart from that its a very pleasant film for a sunday afternoons viewing.
A classic Black and White british comedy movie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Newbolt on 11 Oct. 2010
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A little known Sir Alec Guiness comedy. It took a lot of finding (as I couldn't remember the Title)
but it was as good as I had remembered. Recommended. Typical British humour.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael Harradine on 13 Jun. 2009
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Barnacle Bill [DVD] [1957] by Percy Herbert, Alec Guinness, Irene Browne
British films at their best, filmed in my mums hometown of Hunstanton, Norfolk.
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