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Carry On Camping [DVD]

Kenneth Williams , Sidney James , Gerald Thomas    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Terry Scott
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • Writers: Larry, 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: Carlton
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYY6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,894 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Sid (Sid James) and Bernie (Bernard Bresslaw) attempt to trick their girlfriends into attending a nudist camp with them. Fellow holiday-makers include Dr Soaper (Kenneth Williams), his matron Miss Haggerd (Hattie Jacques), and their school of overdeveloped young girls (including Barbara Windsor). Camp carryings-on are guaranteed.


There are three periods to Carry On. Early on, they were typical British light comedy capers, hardly risqué. By the 1970s, the loveable double-entendres had been replaced by an almost nasty sleaziness, culminating in 1977's Carry On Emanuelle. 1969's Carry On Camping, thankfully, belongs to the Golden Years. Pretty much everybody is present and correct, if not politically. Sid James is a likely-ish, if slightly elderly lad, persuading Joan Sims to join him at what he secretly expects to be a nudist colony. Terry Scott is a put-upon suburbian, coerced into outdoor vacations by his ghastly, horsey-laughed wife, while Charles Hawtrey is the campest of campers who befriends them. Kenneth Williams, who alone makes this worth watching, is gloriously ridiculous as head of a girl's school, Chayste Place, with Hattie Jacques as Matron and Barbara Windsor as one of the 30 year old fifth formers in their charge. Technically it's terrible stuff, with Barbara Windsor's flying bra, laboured puns galore, peeping tomfoolery, punchlines visible two miles off, "comedy" incidental music and a reactionary denouement in which they chase off a bunch of hippies. Yet if you don't chuckle at least half a dozen times during this, however many times you've seen it, there's probably something wrong with you. --David Stubbs

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technically ropey, but who cares, we love it 19 Aug 2007
Okay so it's not an Ealing comedy, but for what it was, another in the series of formula 'camp' comedies by a well oiled machine that was the Carry On team, it is very good, one of the best. And I would hazard a guess and say it was most people's favourite. It certainly is my favourite, not least because nearly all the regulars are here: This must be the definitive Carry On cast. It's as though they've gathered together for one final fling as they sense the whole franchise may be on its last legs. And what better way to gather than to go on holiday, the British way, camping in the cold and wet. It's a very fair send up of British conservatism and unadventurousness, really, and actually ends up celebrating it, with the campers' successful expulsion of the more exotic young flower children gathered in the field for a rave. Has tremendous nostalgia value, this film, even if you were only a nipper when it came out, as I was. It sort of makes you pine for all that old stuff most people thought was naff even then. Oh, for a life of such simple pleasures, though. Yes, you can almost smell the Double Diamond waiting for you in the camp's own bar. A wonderful film to visit and revisit. This also has to be Terry Scott's finest hour.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC CARRY ON 24 Sep 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Carry On Camping is easily one of the best in the series. As usual its full of predictable and ever corny gags but its the lovley team of actors that make this the classic it has become. Of course one of the most famous scene from a Carry On is in this one, where BARBARA WINDSORs' bikini top flys off during her morning exercises. This still manages to raise a chuckle now even after seeing this film at least one hundred times. There is no real plot as such. Its just basically fun and games at the paradise camp site with the best of the gang. The film is consistently funny and the best players are defintley the late KENNETH WILLIAMS and HATTIE JAQUES who share the funniest scenes. Amongst the rest of the cast are all the familiar faces which include SID JAMES, JOAN SIMS, CHARLES HAWTREY, TERRY SCOTT, BERNARD BRESSLAW, DILYS LAYE, JULIAN HOLLOWAY and BETTY MARSDEN (in a delightful role). A very good comedy and one of the most succesful in the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Carry On. 14 Nov 2003
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
I wouldn't say this was the best in the series, the historical ones were better-made and superior, but for sheer light-hearted fun this takes some beating. It also strangely adds to the fun when you realise it was shot during a very cold October, and you can see the frosty breath coming out of the actor's mouths as they all try to pretend it's high summer! Terry Scott only appeared in a few Carry Ons, but his bumbling character here makes the film, as he tries desperately to break out of his sex-starved lifestyle with his awful hearty wife and her braying laugh. The scenes where they're sharing a tent with Charles Hawtrey, as the well-named Charley Muggins, are hilarious. Hattie Jacques is also on top form as the school matron, prancing around in a t-shirt with "Chayste Place" emblazoned across her vast bosom, and getting the hots for a terrified Kenneth Williams (the scene where she drags by his foot back into his tent as he's trying to make a getaway is priceless!). Plus, of course, it contains the famous Barbara Windsor busting-her-bra scene, and Sid James dressed as a hippy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Anybody who knows Carry On films will want this classic in their collection. Good sound track, AND a 16:9 wide screen format too. Extra interesting documentaries and facts also included.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real classic 22 Mar 2007
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
carry on camping,1968,and the 17th carry on,is one of the most recognisable ones,up there with carry on doctor and abroad perhaps,carry on camping is a film that has never appeared old and the jokes are still more than capable of creating a smile across your face.

The film has the infamous scene where babs windsor,playing a schoolgirl despite being a lot older,where her bra flies off during exercise class,everyone knows that scene.

The story centres around sid james and bernie bresslaw,who decide they want to take their prissy girlfriends to a nudist camp,sid james is great here as a sleazy enough man who soon lusts after babs as he did in real life,the camp that they attend in the end isnt a nudist camp at all and other guests include terry scott and his wife who lives in a different world,freeloader charles hawtrey who just takes advantage of peoples generosity,kenny williams who along with his school of female pupils and a love struck hattie jacques who decides she loves kenny,much to his horror,the film is packed with naughty harmless jokes and this is the carry on team at their much loved best,check it out if you havent already.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CARRY ON FILM!!!! 8 Nov 2003
There really is no better carry on film, others such as Abroad and kyber come close, but this is really the best of the '31' films. The comedy in the film comes thick and fast. One of the main bonuses is that most, if not all of the main players are in the film, you have Sid james, babs, kennth williams, bernard breslaw, joan sims, hattie jaques, charles hawtry and peter butterworth, the only one missing is kenneth connor, who took a break from the carry ons from the mid to late 60's. The plot (if you can call it a plot) is basically, sid and Berny take their girlfriends to the camp site hoping that its a nudist one. kennth williams and hattie jaques take babs and the rest of the lasses at the private school to the camp and all the others find their way there to. A bit of a poor ending, but never the less, this is 90 minutes of pure, british fun
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