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  • Actors: Elke Sommer, Kenneth Williams, Bernard Bresslaw, Kenneth Connor, Jack Douglas
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • Writers: Dave Freeman
  • Producers: Peter Rogers
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug. 2001
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051WBZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,648 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A beautiful Russian archeologist joins a British dig with chaotic results. Things are further complicated by the presence of hordes of glamorous campers at the caravan park next door. Elke Sommer, Kenneth Williams, Windsor Davies and Joan Sims star.

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The discovery of valuable archaeological remains beneath a holiday caravan site is the cause of the mayhem in Carry On Behind. That said, the sub-"plots", which involve Windsor Davies and Jack Douglas as a pair of randy fishermen, a couple sharing their caravan with an outsize dog (no, it's not like that...), the obligatory giggling dolly birds and so on are all typical grist to the Carry On mill. The location is of course as bleakly miserable as such a place could ever be and will bring a frisson of familiarity to many Brits. Widely held to be one of the best in the series, the film would in fact have been a rather lacklustre effort were it not for the superbly over-the-top presence of Elke Sommer, whose performance as the strapping assistant to archaeologist Roland Crump (Kenneth Williams) seems like a wonderful hybrid of Ute Lemper and Charlie Dimmock. --Roger Thomas --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Phillips on 18 April 2006
Format: DVD
A group of imminent archaelogists led by the stuffy Professor Roland Crump (Kenneth Williams) and the more liberated and fun Professor Anna Vooshka (Elke Sommer) are in serach of an old Roman town that is thought to be lying underneath a holiday caravan park.

It's the height of the summer season and a group of holiday makers arrive on the dingey-looking caravan park for their annual holidays. The dedicated archaelogists begin their frantic search for the Roman town and start digging enthusiastically away which subsequently leads to the the entire caravan park nearly sinking into the ground after a torrential thunderstorm on the last night of the holiday.

This 1975 entry in this much-loved British comedy film series marked the beginning of the end of the series. Screenplay writer Talbot Rothwell (who had taken over as writer from Norman Hudis in 1963 with Carry On Cabby) essentially retired from the Carry On films after 1974's Carry On Dick due to nervous exhaustion. Carry On Dick marked the end of an era in more ways than one as it also saw the swift departure of three of its most popular stars: Sid James, Hattie Jaques and Barbara Windsor.

Scriptwriter Dave Freeman was drafted into the fold having already worked with Producer Peter Rogers and Director Gerald Thomas on the 1972 film version of the hit I.T.V sitcom, Bless This House.

Dave Freemans windy and sparky (and far bluer) dialogue was slightly more risque, a trend that had started to emerge in the vast majority of the 1970's Carry On's. The jokes and endless gags all overflow on smutty innuendo and hilarious double entendres even though Freeman was infact attempting to vaguely recapture the spirit and flavour of 1969's classic, Carry On Camping.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I've often heard people refer to "Behind" as "Camping 2" but the only similarity to me is the location and general camping theme.
Both films make for wonderful, "escapist" viewing, and are so wonderfully silly at points that you can't not laugh.
Even without Sid - for whom Windsor Davies' role as Fred the butcher had been originally custom-written - the film captures that wonderful low-budget, cheerful era of home-grown British comedy the likes of which we'll not see again.
Behind stands up against all the other Carry Ons as an equal classic. It brightens up any miserable, rainy Sunday.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Carry On Camping is on of my favourite films, but not even that piece of genius comes close to Carry On Behind. I'm sure some people would disagree with me but, to me, this is such a good film that ...Camping doesn't even come close. The best scene, in my view, comes when Kenneth Connor tries to seduce Joan Simms. Kenny, in his desperation to get Joan 'in the mood', plays a brass band lp and dances around like a major on heat. You have to see it to enjoy it fully, but you won't be disappointed! Pure genius and should be bought by everyone who likes good, honest comedy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David L Rattigan VINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
Carry on Behind is certainly one of the best in the series, the last truly worthy addition to the Carry on canon before the dire days of England and Emmannuelle. Script is consistently funny, and cast are top-notch, with many of the regulars (Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor, Bernard Bresslaw, Joan Sims, Jack Douglas, Peter Butterworth, Patsy Rowlands) and a few new faces (Windsor Davies, Elke Sommer). Great fun, and a real "ensemble" feel.
Of the DVD extras, the commentary has its moments, but there are too many people. Perhaps what would have worked better would be to have two commentaries, one with Dave Freeman (scriptwriter) being interviewed and one with the rest of the cast in conversation (Rowlands, Douglas, Larry Dann). It tended to get a bit confusing, and not all the comments are audible without fiddling around with the volume. Plus there are a few too many digressions -- I was more interested in hearing about the film itself, than about how nice Les Dawson and Benny Hill were or how much Rowlands enjoyed working with Tony Richardson on Tom Jones! Having said that, it was still an enjoyable and entertaining commentary.
Nicest extra is the stills gallery, comprising a slide show of some charming, rarely seen behind-the-scenes shots, with written commentary and Eric Rogers' music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2012
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'Carry On Behind' is certainly up there in my top three favourite 'Carry On' movies. Released in 1975, this British comedy gem was the twenty-seventh in the series.

I know that there aren't that many people who will regard this late entry as their ''favourite'', but the film is a joy from start to finish, certainly better than the ones that followed (avoid 'England' at all costs).

Professors Anna Vooshka (Elke Sommer) and Ronald Crump (Kenneth Williams) are sitting on the archaeological find of the decade! There is however one slight problem, a local campsite is also sitting on it. In addition to this, Professor Vooshka's plans for Crump extend beyond the dig. The gags come thick and fast. From the very start, you are well entertained.

In the cast, there are lots of Carry On legends present, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw, Kenneth Connor and Peter Butterworth (in his final Carry On) are all on top form. Newcomer Windsor Davis manages to (almost) fill the shoes of the much loved Sid James and Windsor and Jack Douglas (wonderful as the randy Major Leep) form an hilarious double act. Some call this 'Carry On Camping 2', it is indeed very similar to the classic 'Camping' (they even used to same caravan site), but personally, I have always regarded 'Behind' as better.

Disregard anything that you might hear about it, 'Carry On Behind' is a brilliant, if lesser-known and unappreciated Carry On movie.

The DVD release is also very good, featuring an audio commentary with four members of the cast, a trivia feature, a photo gallery, and a parody of 'Upstairs Downstairs' with 'Who Needs Kitchener?', an episode of the ITV 'Carry On Laughing' series.
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