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House! [DVD] [2000]

Kelly Macdonald , Stacey Ashton , Julian Kemp    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kelly Macdonald, Stacey Ashton, Keith Chegwin, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Dean Davies
  • Directors: Julian Kemp
  • Writers: Eric Styles, Jason Sutton
  • Producers: Adam Sutcliffe, Christopher Figg, David Ball, Michael Kelk
  • Format: Letterboxed, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YN6T
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,296 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A whimsical fantasy, revolving around the world of Bingo, House (2000) was slipped innocuously into the UK’s staple cinematic diet of gangster movies and period dramas and emerged as a genuinely charismatic and immensely likeable film, blissfully content with its small-scale ambitions, not to mention lottery money well spent. Linda (Trainspotting’s Kelly MacDonald) is devoted to her job at the faltering La Scala Bingo Hall in rural Wales, which provides a welcome escape from her domineering aunt. Facing stiff competition from a rival hall, La Scala’s owner Mr. Alanzi (the wonderful Freddie Jones) is at a loss of how to save his beloved home, but Linda’s discovery of an unexpected gift could reverse their fortunes. Effortlessly charming and perfectly cast, House weaves its spirited feel-good tale with an eclectic set of characters (Jason Hughes’ flamboyant star number caller, Mossie Smith’s monstrous flirting colleague), while delivering a realistic glimpse of what makes a place special and memorable. Highly enjoyable, this is a small-scale gem.

On the DVD: Director Julian Kemp delivers a competent, if sometimes rambling commentary that delivers the goods about a straightforward production. Other than six trailers, there’s the chance to glimpse Kemp’s short-film Suckers, a suitably wry and cynical look at the world of door-to-door salesmen. --Danny Graydon

Product Description

When bingo caller Linda (Kelly MacDonald) discovers that she has the power to predict the winning numbers, she hopes to use it to win the jackpot and prevent La Scala, the small bingo hall where she works, from being overtaken by the success of the huge Mega Pleasure complex which has opened nearby. If her plan is to work she needs to find a partner who will play while she calls, but who can she trust?

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and refreshing 10 Feb 2008
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House! is a refreshing and fun film to watch especially as it it a home-grown product. No big Hollywood hype, just plenty of talent.
The storyline is of the small people overcoming the big money men and the scene in the Bingo hall when Lynn and Kay sabotage the place is great.
And Kay's (Mossie Smith) seduction of Gavin is hilarious. All the cast deserve praise from the wonderful Freddie Jones right down to the smallest role. A good night's viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great film 16 Oct 2013
By heg
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I had this film on vhs but wanted to update to dvd. It is very funny and sad at times, it is about an old cinema called the scala that was converted into a bingo hall and is now falling apart. Things get worse when a huge modern bingo hall offering bigger prizes opens near by. The film continues with the scala's owner and staff battling to keep it going against all odds. It is a truly British film with some great performances, well worth a watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars house!! 15 Sep 2013
By Prit
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Never seen this film before but it is an enjoyable film starring a younger Kelly Macdonald. Well worth a watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun Film 21 Aug 2013
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Lovely easygoing film. I bought this because of good reviews and it didn't disappoint. Kelly MacDonald is a rising star, look out for her in Boardwalk.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bingo - House! is a Winner 12 Dec 2000
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Set in a small South Wales town La Scala bingo hall is struggling to compete with the new, flashy complex that is opening on the other side of town. La Scala has been a family business for three generations, first a music hall then a variety theatre, next a cinema and now a bingo hall. Mr Anzani (Freddie Jones) the present Welsh/Italian owner tries desperately to keep the hall going as his regular clientele desert him to go to the new hi-tech centre. The star caller at La Scala (Jason Hughes) is also deserting the sinking ship to advance his career in the Bingo world. It is up to Linda (Kelly Macdonald) to save the day. Linda discovers that she has inherited her mother's gift of prediction and devises a scheme with her aunt (Miriam Margolyes) to win the big prize and put La Scala back on the map. Meanwhile Linda's working colleague Kay (Mossie Smith) flirts outrageously with any man that comes across her path. She provides most of the laughs, the scene when she gets a soaking when the water tank bursts is brilliant - it has to be seen to be believed.
All the members of the cast are perfect in their roles - it is basically a young cast and obviously full of talent to look for in the future, especially Kelly Macdonald of Train Spotting fame. Everything is just right, the sets, costumes and locations. The director is Julian Kemp - another young person that hopefully we will be hearing a lot more of.
House is a very enjoyable film, there is nothing in it that could offend. No violence, only the odd swear word, no big special effects, no explicit sex scenes - how refreshing. It was good to be able to watch a film and be entertained, laugh at their antics, feel for their anguish and just feel that an enjoyable evening has been spent.
House breezes along with bags of charm - it is a real gem.
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