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Carry On Abroad [DVD] [1972]

Kenneth Williams , Sidney James , Gerald Thomas    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • Writers: Talbot Rothwell
  • Producers: Peter Rogers
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000085ROI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,914 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



One of the last decent Carry On movies, Carry On Abroad is a 1972 venture into the world of package holidays. After this, the series descended into unfunny coarseness as opposed to camply laboured double entendre, culminating in the dreadful Carry On Emanuelle. Here, publican Sid James and dutiful mother's son turned sex maniac Charles Hawtrey are among a brace of Brits heading for the "paradise island" of Elsbels. Kenneth Williams is the out-of-his-depth tour operator, reverting to the sort of effete types he played in the 1950s, Peter Butterworth a pre-Manuel-style manager of a half-built hotel. A series of disasters ensue, with the entire gang landing up in jail following a fracas in a brothel at one point, but everyone finds romantic and sexual fulfilment in a quaint disco finale. This includes a gay character who is "dissuaded" from his homosexuality in a typical example of the thoroughly reactionary subtext that constitutes the really naughty bit of most Carry On films. Nonetheless, this throwback to an imaginary time when the lewdest innuendo of a dirty old man was greeted by young females with a flirty "Ooh, saucy!" is enjoyable on condition that you enter into its seaside-postcard spirit. June Whitfield is fine as a sexually uptight wife, Kenneth Connor a model of red-faced frustration as her wimpish husband.

On the DVD: Sadly, no extra features except scene selection. The picture is a 4:3 ratio full-screen presentation. --David Stubbs

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The 'Carry On' team put their talents to sending up package holidays in this film. When a group of British tourists arrive on the island of Elsbels, they discover their hotel bears little resemblance to the one on the brochure. Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor and Joan Sims star.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Carry Ons ever 30 May 2003
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This would have to be one of my favourite Carry On films. Its about a group of tourists going on a trip of a lifetime, to find themselves stuck in a hotel under construction. The movie is filled with great gags and chaos. Staring, all the carry on greats, Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor, Barbara Windsor, ect. Special features on this DVD include; Audio commentary by Sally Geeson, Carol Hawkins, John Clive and David Kernan, Theatrical Trailer, Stills Gallery and more. I would give this movie 5 stars if it wasnt for the poor ending, that carry on films are famous for having.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Carry On 17 Nov 2002
Carry On Abroad truly encapsulates the feel-good spirit that made the films such an enduring success. Nearly all of the teams favourite regulars are here as well as some extra additions to the cast line-up. The usual batch of players that are present and clearly on good form are Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Peter Butterworth, Charles Hawtrey, Babara Windsor, Hattie Jaques, Kenneth Connor and Bernard Bresslaw and are joined by Scottish comedian Jimmy Logan and a host of other familiar T.V stars of the day such as June Whitfield, Ray Brooks, Carol Hawkins, Derek Francis, Patsy Rolands, Sally Geeson and John Clive.
Vic (Sid James) and Cora Flange (Joan Sims) join a pack of tourists on a package holiday deal to the Island of Elsbells. Vic's plans had already been mucked up as the holiday was intended to be a dirty weekend with his mistress, Sadie Tomkins (Babara Windsor) but all plans went down the drain after Cora (Joan Sims) decides she'd like to go on holiday to keep an eye on her straying husband. Once all the tourists arrive at their destination, they are astounded to discover that the hotel is only half built and there are no more than three staff members (Peter Buterworth, Hattie Jaques and Ray Brooks). So follows several comic mishaps that are all as predictable as ever yet remains entertaining throughout with a healthy injection of laughs to be endured. Theres great fun to be had especially where the gang get arrested and end spensing a night in jail , following a fight that occurs during a trip to the market. But its the ending where the film really scores best as the hotel slowly begins collapsing around their ears. Only problem is everyone is too drunk nd feeling too amorous to even care.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best 21 Feb 2014
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Whilst I love them all, in my humble opinion, this is the funniest/best one. I have come to realise that whilst they are all great, the best ones all seem to have a common denominator - they all star Peter Butterworth! Good thinkings!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Carry on film 29 Jan 2014
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A highly entertaining very funny film from the brilliant Carry on team, the characters are all very funny as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Carry On 25 Nov 2003
By Danny
This is one of the best carry ons ever made. The carry on team go on holiday to Elsbels. When they get there they find out the hotel is not finished but the manager says its ok, theres only 4 or 5 floors left to go. The carry on team get into loads of trouble. This film will keep you laughing all night. So I highly recommended this film its a great buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatle British Comedy 12 Mar 2004
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Carry on Abroad is simply the best in the carry on series and possibly the best British comedy ever made. Why The Full Monty even bothered to copy the toilet humour made famous in the 60s by the carry on team is beyond me. I didn't even snigger at the Full Monty, but this still has me in stitches. 'Abroad' is firstly, very very clever. Ideoologically, a stinging indictment of the British working class and their tacky holidays on the Costas, which the Royal Family and the Office could only dream of emulating decades later. The representations are stinging and faultless- the scottish music as (can't remember his name) gets onto the bus, the exclamtion from Williams to the chief of police that 'firstly, I would like to point out that we are all BRITISH SUBJECTS', is hilarious. Listen to Williams' analysis of the wine for dinner and the razor-sharp responses from Sid James- amazing. I love the play on names that many less sophisticated viewers will miss entirely- Monsieur Pepe for example- brilliant. It all flows so easily for the carry on team in this, their best ever. There are too many gems to write about- essential if you want to compile any kind of history of British comedy in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best !!!!!!!! 6 Mar 2004
This is the best Carry On film in the world !!!!! Fantastic and portrays the best of english humour in a reality situation...a must have for your Caary On collection..
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the bunch 23 July 2002
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This is the best Carry On ever made, without a doubt. People often give that title to Up the Khyber. I feel that film was too dignified and refined to be a true Carry On. Abroad is Carry On at its very best, smutty, saucy, camp and proud of it. When we're treated to a resort called ElsBels you know youre in for a treat. The script is a gem from start to end, all the regular cast are present and on top form, including the great Charles Hawtrey, who, despite being evidently drunk, is easily the best attraction. Ironically, it was to be his last Carry On, but he is fantastic. From the second he cries, 'Oh, hello!' he provides many belly laughs. He should have had top billing, up until this fim he was the longest serving member of cast, appearing in all but one of the films. The rest of the cast are great as well, and there are some new young faces to keep the sex appeal up. As with all the best Carry Ons, this film has moments of pathos, although brief, to compliment the torrent of innuendo. At the end of the film, everyone finds love, (even Charlie, though with the booze!) THe cast are having the time of their lives, particularly during the end of film lock in, something not true of later films. This is the last great Carry On, and they would soon nosedive. It is to be cherished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahh, you Mr. Farqiarse.
love it, still makes me laugh every time. definatly recommend it
Published 22 days ago by Michaela M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars getting close to Best By date
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I have seen this film so many times on tv and now on DVD. Hilarious stuff. The hotel staff are terrific. Read more
Published 10 months ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet!
This is the best carry on in the series! Very funny and enjoyable to watch. Would recommend to all buyers who enjoy a laugh!
Published 11 months ago by Claudia101
5.0 out of 5 stars Carry On Abroad
Arrived quickly and love this Film ! If you ever need cheering up you can't beat a good 'Carry On' and they don't get much better than this !!
Published 14 months ago by Tracy A. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best One
This is my personal favourite of all the Carry On's. It's worth watching if only for the hysterical scene with Sid James & Joan Sims in the bedroom towards the end of the film.
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by shine01120
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest British films made
The Carry On films are like marmite - you either love them or hate them, in their bawdy humorous kind of way. Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by MasterOfNinja
5.0 out of 5 stars eggs,beans and chippings!
my favourite of all the carry ons!this is hilarious!tells the story of abunch of people going abroad only to find theyre hotels half built.some great gags,inuendos and fun. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2010 by Pablo Leone
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and unforgettable british comedy
One of the best Carry Ons I think. Couldn't stop laughing through this one. If you haven't got it, buy it.
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