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Nuts In May [DVD] [1976]

Roger Sloman , Alison Steadman , Mike Leigh    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roger Sloman, Alison Steadman, Anthony O'Donnell, Sheila Kelley, Stephen Bill
  • Directors: Mike Leigh
  • Writers: Mike Leigh
  • Producers: David Rose
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Revelation
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar 2000
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCPO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,378 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



An early masterpiece from Mike Leigh, Nuts in May is a filmed-for-TV adaptation of an earlier stage play. The cast is small (only five characters who matter), but the acting is impeccable, and the mix of wicked humour and social observation make this one of Leigh's best works. Keith Pratt, a man who fully earns his surname due to his nit-picking obsessions with order and detail, takes his partner Candice-Marie, a well-meaning but irritating hippie, on a camping trip. There they meet Trevor, a shy teacher who finds their enforced friendship intrusive but is too polite to extricate himself, and a brash young couple of bikers, Honky and Finger, whose loud and chaotic personalities lead them into conflict with the repressed and dogmatic Keith. Plot isn't the issue here, since Leigh is far more interested in teasing out the subtleties of human behaviour, which he does with forensic skill in several unforgettable scenes. Funny and painful at the same time, like all Leigh's successes, Nuts in May is brilliantly acted by all concerned, though special mention must go to Roger Sloman, for bringing to life the appalling but ultimately pitiable Keith, and Alison Steadman, whose portrayal of fey, goofy and tragi-comic Candice-Marie is every bit as memorable and nuanced as her more famous turn as Beverley in Leigh's Abigail's Party. --Andy Medhurst

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Mike Leigh's classic 'Play for Today' casts a satirical eye on the attempts of a middle-class couple to commune with nature when they go on a camping holiday in Dorset. Keith Pratt (Roger Sloman) and wife Candice (Alison Steadman) are the organic health food fanatics who find their attempts to get back to the earth frustrated on a camp site bogged down by restrictive rules.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Was ever a man so aptly named? Mike Leigh cruelly names Social Services employee and veggie Keith Pratt in this hilarious and meandering comedy from the author of Abigail's Party. Keith and his wife Candice-Marie (Alison Steadman) journey to rural Dorset for what they hope will be a quiet and fulfilling camping holiday. Unfortunately, once esconced at Mrs.Beale's camp-site Keith and Candice-Marie are faced with having to deal with what they believe are lesser mortals; ie Ray, a PE Student, and a couple from Birmingham. The latter invoke Keith's ire by breaking not only the camp site rules but the country code by building a camp fire without his permission. He threatens to make a citizen's arrest but in the end is forced to restrain the Brummie holidaymaker with a branch. It all ends in tears, for Keith at least, and an early relocation of campsites. Alison Steadman is inspired as the trendy folkie who cleverly eggs on her husband while flirting with Ray and helping the Police with their enquiries into Keith's dangerously bald tyre. One can't help but sympathise with Roger Sloman's character as he stands up to the indifference of ordinary people to the countryside as well as their own health. If nothing else, this is great comedy, but as usual with Mike Leigh, there is brilliant incisive comment on human nature and society. Twenty five years on Keith may have been called an eco-warrior, yet here he is....well, a Pratt. Perhaps that's a little unfair, but watch this film anyway for wonderful views of Corfe Castle, a quarry with fossilised dinosaur footprints, Lulworth Cove, not forgetting the limestone steps, cliffs, a stone wall, some cows, ..........
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 11 Aug 2004
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I saw this on the box years ago and just fell about. Having the chance to see it again was great and even though it's now quite old, non of the magic is lost.
I don't think I shall ever forget Candice-Marie! And the husband!! We all know one. The writing is very clever because you swing from wanting to shoot the main characters to feeling sorry for them and then finding you agree with them! Wonderful, edgy and well worth the investment. You''l watch it more than once!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad print 22 Aug 2006
By Tom
Nuts in May is wonderful, but if you want a watchable copy, avoid the NTSC release at all costs. The transfer is absolutely ghastly - bootleg quality, to put it bluntly. It's such a pity the UK DVD seems to be out of print.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Leigh works this 70 cult classic into a eco friendly masterpiece thats as relevant today as it was 20 years ago. Keith the overtly obsessive, vegetarian outdoor warrior plays the key role alongside his wife the misconstrued wall flower Candice-Marie. From the oppening shot of the couple singing their folk classic "I want to go to the zoo" up until the closing moments when Keith chases Onk the brummy biker round the camp site, you are left in awe at the sheer comical brilliance and observational asstuteness of both writer and performers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Piece of People-Watching 16 Nov 2000
By A Customer
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As someone who has enjoyed camping for many years, I watched this video and cringed! I had met all of these people on various campsites and had spent a good deal of my time trying to avoid them.
When Candice-Marie whinged to Keith about walking too quickly and not taking in the scenery I suddenly, to my horror, realised that I was watching myself.
I don't think anything has ever had me crying with laughter and embarrassment at the same time. It is absolutely brilliant!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC MIKE LEIGH COMEDY 10 Mar 2000
By A Customer
I first saw Nuts in May on TV about 7 years ago on "At home with Vic and Bob", and it is indeed a British classic!
It was the first Mike Leigh film I had seen and though I admit the plot doesn't sound too tempting I must assure you that it absolutely hilarious!
The film follows the antics of Keith and Candice-Marie Pratt on their camping expedition, and some of the hilarious characters that they meet (Honky and Finger being two of the best). Although nothing really happens, I bet you cant watch this without your belly aching!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuts All The Way 23 Sep 2007
By Hickers
Remember watching this play with my family way back in 1976, on the evening it was first shown by the BBC. We all thought it was fantastic, and it still is.
All the characters are so brilliant, especially Keith Pratt and Candice Marie.
I wish that the BBC would release some of their other funny plays, like Michael Palin's 'East Of Ipswich' and Peter Terson's 'The Fishing Party'
You just don't see things like this on the TV anymore.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of things to come. 18 July 2010
Oh dear, when I first saw this film I was about 15 and thought it hilarious. 35 years later I can recognise an awful lot of Keith Pratt in myself. Very worrying. All in all an excellent film and well worth seeing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars which I found hilariously funny, and having read the reviews for NIM I...
This play is about a stereotypical itchy hemp underwear wearing, muesli munching vegan eco-warring couple who join a campsite for a 10 day holiday and very soon mark out their... Read more
Published 6 days ago by R. Whitlock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 24 days ago by Gillian Rodgers
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
If you saw this when it was first aired you will want a copy too.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A laugh from start to finish.
Published 2 months ago by Kim Sado
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as I expected.
I am local to the Purbecks that this is filmed in. At first it was like stepping back to my childhood. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Handsignals
3.0 out of 5 stars too expensive, or no English subtitles or region one (USA)
when will this film be released for region two with English subtitles for hard of hearing please? I am trying to replace my old videos with DVDs at a reasonable price but find it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful quirky classic
All Mike Leigh's genius in embryo - a giant flexing his muscles- the first airing of Leigh's subsequent themes and concerns
Published 6 months ago by Robin Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars TV Nostalgia
Bought this as I remember the TV play (Early 70's?)

Pleased to have found it on the WEB and enjoyed watching it again.

Published 7 months ago by ian.mcvean
5.0 out of 5 stars nuts in may
bought this as was recommended to me by a friend most people will have friends or know someone who has friends like the characters really enjoyed this different from most modern... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeanette
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a really funny film, brilliantly acted and with nice views of Dorset. I would recommend it to people fo all ages
Published 14 months ago by Mrs Sophia Bennett
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