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Carry On Henry [DVD] [1971]

Kenneth Williams , Sidney James , Gerald Thomas    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Terry Scott
  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2003
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PAJM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,645 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Shot in the bright postal colours of a seaside postcard, 1971's Carry On Henry applies the usual Carry On sniggering to the married life of Henry VIII. Talbot Rothwell's script is standard bedroom farce and full of jokes about choppers, while the threat of beheading and the actuality of torture are constantly present but only as the terrible things that happen to cartoon characters who will be back next time. Sid James turns in one of his better performances as the endlessly lecherous and fickle Henry, married to Joan Sims and lusting after Barbara Windsor. There is a genuine sexual chemistry between James and Windsor, which at times almost breaks open the farce formula. The usual regulars--Kenneth Williams as Thomas Cromwell, Terry Scott as Cardinal Wolsey, Charles Hawtrey as Sir Roger--do their usual turns; Williams is more subdued than usual, while Hawtrey hugely enjoys playing the Queen's secret lover. This was not one of the high points of the series, but it has its own curious charm. --Roz Kaveney

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best 1970's Carry On's 18 April 2006
Following the mildly risque, Carry On Loving (1970) the gang retreated back into a historical theme for its next entry with Carry on Henry. Critics may well have had a point when they said the Carry On films always scored best with their period comedies.

The authentic feel of the film is made impressively accurate from the grand, elaborate sets and grand, lavish costumes which captures the feel of the era impeccably well. It also looks far more expensive than it actually was as the Carry On films were renowned for their cheap and cheerful shoestring budget.

This in no way attempts to be correct in its detail with the plot obviously completely fictionalised but is a fun parody of the myth about Henry VIII. Sid James is superb in the role, playing it masterfully and marks a subtle contrast between his own usually likeable, rogue-like womaniser to the evil, power mad Henry VIII who married several wives during his reign and had them savagly beheaded once their purpose had been served (in his eyes at least).

In this entry, Henry VIII marries Queen Marie of Normandy who is masterfully played by the lovely Joan Sims. Joan Sims is in possibly her greatest characterisation in a Carry On film and is given plenty of screen time. Her efforts to woo Sid James are often hilarious and her blatant forth-coming attitude is refreshingly amusing. Joan shares some great scenes with Sid James and Charles Hawtrey as well as one priceless scene of her desperately trying to seduce the irresponsive Kenneth Williams. Classic stuff!

However mid way through the film, the lovely Bertina arrives at one of the Kings dance. He catches Henry VIII's roving eyes who immediately becomes attracted to her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a few historical liberties taken. 14 Nov 2003
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
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This is great fun. "Carry On Cleo" is usually regarded as the best of the historical Carry Ons, and it is, but this is pretty darn good too. Sid James is almost the Henry VIII we wish the real one had been! A Cockney 'Enery (years before Ray Winstone did it), getting the hots for every buxom wench in sight, most particularly the vivacious Barbara ("Ma'am the King has done me!") Windsor. Joan Sims is on fine spitting form as his garlic-chewing shrewish French wife ... you didn't know Henry had a French wife? Ah well that's something else you've learnt! I also can't help feeling Kenneth Williams should have played Cromwell for real, as he has the exact right sort of reptilian air about him, "there's only one person I trust around here ... and that's ME!" Terry Scott as Cardinal Wolsey, Kenneth Connor as the Prince of Berks, and Charles Hawtrey as a somewhat unlikely red-hot lover (Sir Roger of Bedside Manor, Wilts) all add to the fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carry on Henry 8 Jan 2014
By B J
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Carry on Henry conforms with the established formula for these films, but they still amuse and entertain quite a lot of people, including me!
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4.0 out of 5 stars my son loves this 8 Oct 2013
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my son is a avid carry on fan i've nearly bought all of them now because the are very cheap and free delivery
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3.0 out of 5 stars what a carry-on. 2 April 2013
Another laugh-a-minute romp with the irrepressible Carry on gang.Hilarious British comedy at its very best.Sid James is his usual cheeky self as Henry but special praise is given to the marvellous Kenny Williams who plays Cromwell with such enthusiasm and so has some of the more funnier lines.
This is up their as one of the best in the series.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Carry-On 19 Mar 2013
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Really good. One of the funniest of the carry-on films. I do like Barbara Windsor's remarks, especially when the King brings her to work for the Queen and she is introduced to her and she says "It's a great honour that you make me", or something like that. It's very funny. The King says "no, no, no, not like that".
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4.0 out of 5 stars a saucy carry on 22 Mar 2007
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
carry on henry is another carry on set in the historical age and plunders at the reality that was the time of henry the 8th with his 6 wives,the film is a parody of course more than a like for like retelling of that era and the results are again brilliant.

Sid james plays henry of course,a man that has his eye forever on the lookout for another woman to better the one that he has,and when that happens then off with their heads,death is the option and its all handled in a camp and non offensive way,when sid finds a wife he likes in french princess,played by joan sims,all is good except she loves garlic and henry cants stand it,so they have problems there and with an army trying to bring henry down and his roayal advisors played with glee by terry scott,kenny connor and kenny williams who all lord it up to perfection,one footnote is that this is babs favourite carry on and she shines in it as the shy maiden who is soon to learn the ways of the world with king henry,the film is bawdy,that is a word i use with the majority of carry on reviews but its all true and never should be taken as a sign that the carry ons are adult,heaven forbid.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By CraigR
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Sid James being the lead in this saulte to the royal Henry VIII. Sid womanises, rants, raves and roars throughout the whole film bringing nothing but a tear to my eye. The start of the film being the most memorable where sid's wife goes to the axe is a well thought and funny begining but the fun just dosn't stop there. A real funny film and well worth the price!
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