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  • Actors: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Dennis Price
  • Directors: John Boulting
  • Writers: John Boulting, Alan Hackney, Frank Harvey
  • Producers: Roy Boulting
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 7 May 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJ91
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,226 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This sequel to 'Private's Progress' takes a satirical look at trade unions and labour relations. Upon leaving the army, upper class twit Windrush (Ian Carmichael) takes a job in industry. Before long he has inadvertently started a national strike, which is subsequently mishandled by everyone involved.

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After a decade on radio in The Goons, 1959's I'm All Right Jack set Peter Sellers on the road to international stardom. Sellers played both Sir John Kennaway, and unforgettably, the Bolshy trade union leader Fred Kite (he would go on to take three roles in Dr Strangelove and featured endless disguises in The Pink Panther in 1963) series. The result is laugh-out-loud comedy with a satiric edge, lampooning the then burning issue of industrial relations. Bertram Tracepurcel's (Dennis Price) plans to make a fortune from a missile contract, a scheme which involves manipulating his innocent nephew Stanley Windrush (Ian Carmichael) into acting as the catalyst in an escalating labour dispute, from which the socialist Mr Kite is only too keen to make capital. Management and labour both have their self-serving hypocrisy dissected in this ingenious comedy, actually a sequel to the military comedy Private's Progress (1956), but which stands independent of the earlier film. Both films were made by the brothers John and Roy Boulting, director and producer of such British classics as Brighton Rock (1947), Seven Days to Noon (1950), Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959) and Heaven's Above (1963). The superb cast of I'm All Right Jack also features Richard Attenborough, John Le Mesurier, Margaret Rutherford and Terry Thomas. --Gary S. Dalkin

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Gary Maloney on 10 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The amazon review has it right; Sellers was never as brilliant as in this cracking Boulting Bros. satire. It's also the best of Ian Carmichael's film classic trifecta as the innocent upper-class twit turned Everyman. Sellers gets the most attention in most reviews, but I'm Alright Jack also boasts perhaps the best comedic ensemble ever, from the quiver-lipped time-study man John le Mesurier to the closet Tory Irene Handl (wife of Commie shop steward Sellers), from Liz Fraser (in pointy-bra'd perfection) to the always welcome Margaret Rutherford -- and then there's the unnamed union slugabeds working at the missile factory, the earnest but comic managers at the companies Carmichael visits. . .oh, and we haven't even mentioned Dickie Attenborough and Terry-Thomas, have we? Look -- any film that starts out with Churchill's V-for-Victory being returned with a workingman's two-fingered "salute" is going to be truly wicked, and this one really satisfies. An underappreciated masterpiece.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This is hilarious,even if you're not interested in the satirizing of British trade unions and management. Sellers is brilliant as a trade union man who idolizes Soviet Russia. He's never been there but believes workers work in the fields in the day and go to the ballet at night. Meanwhile the management are totally greedy and self serving. In between these 2 comes Ian Carmichael as an honest working man. He moves in with Sellers and meets his daughter played by gorgeous busty Liz Fraser,this wasn't Liz's first film but this was her first big break. She has many scenes in it,definitely one for Liz fans as well as lovers of classic comedy. Brilliant.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barry Ernst on 15 July 2005
Format: DVD
What a great cast, I totally loved it. I'm sure the English adore this movie because it spares no one. Everyone is out for themselves. I love all of the little touches the Boulting brothers threw in like when the Peter Sellers character, is stuffing a big piece of meat into his mouth and telling his wife and family about the oppression of the workers causing starvation.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul T Horgan VINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
It's hard to believe but this film was actually banned from television twenty years after it was made. It was set to be broadcast during the 1979 General Election in Britain on the BBC. This election was called barely six months after a devastating series of strikes the previous winter. The bosses at the BBC felt that it it would be too controversial to show that that time. Here's why.
This film protrays what was wrong with British Industry for most of the post-war period. Militant trade unionism operating in the face of logic and reason to a political agenda, and cynical management exploiting the old boy network for massive personal gain. And the poor worker stuck in their Victorian surroundings being exploited by both and exploiting both back by making a show of working while actually doing very little.
Now secondary 'sympathy' strikes and insider dealing are criminal offences and it is hard to belive that they were so legal for so long. We are looking at a vanished world. Thank Heavens.
Ian Carmichael is the poor sap in the middle of this film. Recruited by his uncle as a lowly shop floor worker, he unwittingly causes the management-union stalemate to collapse into industrial anarchy as he simply tries to work as efficiently as possible, something which is simply impossible in a shop floor dominated by ancient working practices, the minutest breach of which results in a strike. But a strike is exactly what his uncle wanted so an urgent order can be redirected to his buddy's factory with a whopping mark-up for him and his mates.
Things get out of hand. The nation is divided between Trade unionists and supportors of individual freedom. No-one suspects the greedy capitalists as the root of the trouble.
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