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History of Mr Polly [DVD]

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Feb 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJZ9FC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,808 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make 'em like this anymore 26 April 2008
By Davey
You don't get better 'cinema' than this. Such characters and settings and a feeling for the age it was set in are so difficult to capture but the effect of a great cast that will never be bettered has created a masterpiece of British cinema and a great tribute to the story teller from which it came in H G Wells.

Poor Mr Polly. Dreaming of a life of romance, adventure and heroism. Only to be found in the pages of books that he has to hide from his nagging and unadventurous wife. The score enriches the pages of his meanderings with their comedic and nostalgic tempo as Mr Polly struggles to find his place in a fast moving world filled with mishap, fright and hopefulness.

There is something here for anyone who feels lost and without direction or fulfilment in romantic entanglements or with the path their life has unwittingly taken.

Watch it when you want to be reminded, that there can be a happy ending, even if it arrives from unexpected actions.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Wells' worth a watch! 16 Jan 2010
I have always loved HG Wells' books. The stories such as 'The Invisible Man' and 'The Time Machine' have always been some of my favourite books. However, this book has always been my favourite Wells novel. The story is wonderful and one of the more down to earth of his repertoir. And i stumbled across the film quite by mistake, looking through a review on Great Expectations.(another of John Mills' hits)
I quickly ordered this film and was amazed! It keeps the wonderful story in the right atmosphere and its all topped off by the wonderful acting supplied by the simply sublime cast. It's not one of those films that you watch once and then forget about and leave on the shelf to gather dust. You just want to watch this film over and over again. There are some parts which are shocking (When Mr Polly decides to commit suicide) but then there are wonderous moments.(like when Mr Polly is fighting off Uncle Jim) The spine-tingling monologues that Mr Polly (John Mills) performs throughout the film do pull you into the world and how the character is thinking. With the book already implanted in my mind, i did wonder how they were going to have done some of the significant scenes, but i was wrong to doubt, because its all pulled off superbly.

I can't think of a bad word to say against this film. A definate watch for any time of the year, and its family friendly.

10 out of 10 from me!

Enjoy the journey into the world of Mr Polly and lose yourself in this truly magnificent film!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfeeeeect septiginarian gift 9 July 2009
This film was the perfect gift for my dad. It was his favourite film as a kid & the story is still good today. John Mills is classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming 22 Nov 2006
By UK Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Mr Polly is a dreamer; a daydreamer, who never seems to know exactly what it is he wants, apart from a quiet and simple existence. After the death of a relative, he inherits some money and eventually finds a wife, opens a shop and soon becomes trapped in a dismal and uninteresting existence. He longs to be freed from the life he has made for himself and his only outlet is books; fantasies and fairytales. Since he refuses to work, the shop becomes a liability and he has difficulty paying the bills. No matter what his wife says to him, he still refuses to change and things become pretty bad.

He decides to change his life and sets about the task in a rather contraversial way: burning down his shop. However, even this doesn't go according to his plan and he finds himself made out to be a hero; something which he most definitely is not.

His dreams and plans are very muddled; he never seems to have a real idea or direction in his life. Eventually, he leaves his wife and heads off for the country. Here, he stumbles across an Inn, where he decides to stay, although has to contend with the occasional visit of the drunk and violent husband of the landlady.

With comical, although pleasing and simple charm, Mr Polly defeats the drunkard and continues his peaceful life, until, that is, he becomes restless again and wants to find out how his wife is doing without him.

The story is slow and gentle; charming and witty, but it still tells the story of a man who really just craves the peaceful, uncomplicated life. As ever, John Mills makes the film a pleasure to watch.

Another good one for the collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The History Of Mr Polly 20 Mar 2014
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This is an absolutely first class film, old but great. But then we are, as a family, fans of the late Sir John Mills. Buy it, see it, enjoy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The History of Mr Polly. 28 Feb 2014
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A wonderful period film, well acted and well directed. I can recommend this film to all those interested in viewing great actors of the past.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE JOHN MILLS LOVE MR POLLY 27 Jan 2014
By Grahame
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not got it the history of MR POLLY has to be added to your collection of john mills films a gem for its age
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History of Mr Polly 9 Jan 2014
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What a wonderful film, a real snapshot of the past. John Mills is a delight as you watch him go from being a boy to becoming a man.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good clean fum for all the family
Published 28 days ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars The history of Mr. Polly
Just love to escape into old films and John Mills is so believable in all his roles. Chocolate and no interruptions make for a perfect film!
Published 3 months ago by LizzieB
3.0 out of 5 stars Criticism
Not one of HG Wells's best!Rather antiquated.John Mills put in a good performance.and so did some of the supporting actors.
Published 6 months ago by Eleanor
3.0 out of 5 stars BORING BORING
I am a great fan of Sir John Mills ,BUT this is the most boring film he ever made, Lee Evans made a slightly better version of it, I would not recommend this unless you suffer... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. P. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The History of Mr Polly [DVD]
John Mills at his best and a film I love to watch - and will watch, again and again. Excellent.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. M. Syred
5.0 out of 5 stars The History of Mr Polly (DVD)
I just love this film, and have wanted to purchase it for some time so am glad to get it on DVD. I reviewed it for my GCE 'O' level exam some years ago (in fact MANY years ago)... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Surreymaid
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful film
I have seen this movie quite a number of times
I find it, so true to life, ie when he got married it all went wrong
Published 12 months ago by Dr Paul Rhoads' Littell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Master Class in acting from John Mills
Never get bored with this classic. Have given this film as a gift more that once and I didn't have a copy on dvd. About time I got one of my own. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ceri
4.0 out of 5 stars At last!
An oldie but a goodie. So relaxing to watch. Thankyou for getting it to me.
No complaints about quality and service either.
Published 18 months ago by maylou
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