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Porridge - The Movie [DVD] [1979]

Ronnie Barker , Richard Beckinsale , Dick Clement    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde, Peter Vaughan
  • Directors: Dick Clement
  • Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
  • Producers: Allan McKeown, Ian La Frenais
  • 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: Carlton Visual Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004I9PI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,320 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Big screen spin-off of the BBC's popular Seventies sitcom. Habitual criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker) is currently 'doing porridge' at Slade prison, but only has a year to go. He and cellmate Lennie Godber (Richard Beckinsale, who sadly died shortly after filming was completed) are content to bide their time - until they accidentally become involved in an escape plan while playing a morale-raising football match against a 'celebrity' team. Desperate not to ruin their chances of parole, Fletcher and Godber find themselves in the unusual position of trying to break back into prison without being caught!


This feature-length version of the Porridge [1979] TV series continues to follow the exploits of prison inmates Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker) and Lennie Godber (Richard Beckinsale). A new officer (Christopher Godwin) makes Mackay (Fulton Mackay) look postively timid and, to make things even more exciting, an escape plan which Fletch wants no part of is developing.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ronnie Barker what a hero 17 Nov 2011
Even though this is almost as old as myself the execution of the old jokes was brilliant across the cast but Ronnie is amazing. A true genius who will be hard to follow.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Porridge is a spin off film from the successful TV series of the same name that aired on British BBC1 between 1974 and 1977. It's directed by Dick Clement who also co-writes with Ian La Frenais. It stars Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde and Peter Vaughn.

Lets face it, and lets be honest here, for many Brits who grew up with the TV show, Porridge is simply one of the greatest shows Britain has ever produced. Sharp and on the money in writing and characterisations, and boasting a cast that were always irresistible, it still manages to enthral millions today during continuous reruns on cable and satellite TV. In light of the regard and popularity the show had, it was perhaps inevitable that a film production was just a matter of time, because, well, all the great British comedies of the past had feature films made. But of course not all were particularly any good.

So it's with much relief to find that the film version of Porridge is a very decent offering. The plot sees Fletcher (Barker) involved as the manager of the prison football team, to which, unbeknown to the wily old lag, is being used as a front for an escape attempt by Oakes (Barrie Rutter), and naturally the smarmy menace of Grouty (Vaughn) is pulling the strings. Fletcher & Godber (Beckinsale) then accidentally get caught up in the escape and thus have to break back into the prison before anyone catches them! This set-up is wonderful and makes for some very funny comedy, executed with aplomb by Barker, Mackay and co. True that taking the characters out of the confines of the prison strips away much of what made the TV series so special, but the chararcters are so strong, the actors chemistry so evident, film stands tall enough to not sully the reputation of the show.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British comedy 13 Dec 2003
The fine and amusing story of Fletch and his pals of circumstance (what with them being locked up together and all that).
If you were a fan of the series then this is definitely a must see, a classic gem from the heyday of British comedy.
Fletch (Ronnie Barker) gets up to all his usual scheming and bartering with highly amusing one point he even has to break back into prison.....
The musics good, the jokes are superb, and the acting inspired.
True it is quite old and not a visual feast, but the plot/jokes/acting easily compensate for that.
IF you like British comedy in any form at all, this is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 8 April 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Norman "Fletch" Fletcher (played by Ronnie Barker) is a career criminal, and is now back doing time "at Her Majesty's pleasure" at Slade Prison. But, Fletch knows life in prison, and how to get things done. So, if he can just avoid the tough guard Mr. Mackay (Fulton Mackay), and manipulate the soft-spoken Mr. Barrowclough (Brian Wilde), he might just do OK.
My family and I are all fans of British comedies, and I took a gamble and bought this one sight-unseen. Well, my gamble paid off! This show is very funny, and I must admit that I enjoyed seeing that champion actor Ronnie Barker again. There is some sexually frank conversation in this show, and in one episode Ronnie Barker is reading a magazine called, "T*tbits." (That's right, my daughter noticed and asked me about it!) But, other than that, this is a very good show, and I highly recommend it to you.
This tape contains three of the half-hour episodes:
A Day Out - Series 1, episode 4 (September 26, 1974) - Volunteering for a work detail, Fletch plans on getting more than fresh air and wholesome work. And, when Mr. Mackay leaves the prisoners in the less-than-capable hand of Mr. Barrowclough, it looks like Fletch may get his chance. [As an added bonus, this episode includes Phillip Jackson (Inspector Japp from the Poirot mysteries) playing the role of an imprisoned hippy!]
Ways and Means - Series 1, episode 5 (October 3, 1974) - Tired of hard work, Fletch schemes his way into a job in the prison library, and is not averse to helping out his friends.
Disturbing the Peace - Series 2, episode 3 (November 7, 1975) - With Makcay moving on, it looks like happy days are here again in Slade Prison, but when his replacement is even worse, it's up to Fletch to come up with a solution.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars old but gold 2 Aug 2010
i had been watching the reruns on the cable channels and remembered this .not a lot different from the small screen but the tv show gave you more time to get a feel of prison life.all in all not a bad way to spend an hour and a half . shame to think that the 3 leads are no longer with us . gone but never forgotten
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 12 Aug 2012
just splendour at the writing. not one line is superfluous to the script. british humour at its very best and very rarely bettered. xmas is not xmas without it. the one film I look forward to watching every year at that time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Porridge The Movie 28 Oct 2013
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I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to any followers of this series - Ronnie Barker was a fantastic actor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Fence Me In 9 Sep 2013
By Hermes Love TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It wasn't until I'd actually bought this film and then sat through it in its entirety that I realised something very odd - I had never watched it all the way through, ever before. Oh, I'm sure I've SEEN it... it used to be on every Christmas and Easter, after all. Pie-eyed, flatulent and only one wink away from the full forty, I daresay I've been in its presence dozens of times; But I had not, until a couple of weeks ago, ever given it my undivided attention and actually WATCHED it. And I was somewhat gobsmacked to discover that it is really a rather good film.

I wouldn't have bought it at all, were it not for "Porridge": The Complete Scripts and Series Guide, a book I am now banned from my local pub for mentioning too often. This is the last place I can wax lyrical about it, short of writing messages on lavatory walls and probably getting myself arrested into the bargain. This film only accounts for fifteen or so pages of it, but it is a fascinating insight into the film from the perspective of the writers, the actors and even the Assistant Governor of Chelmsford Prison at the time, where the majority of this film was made.

This disc brings no extras with it of any description, apart from some English subtitles. Still, I daresay that is why the price of it is so reasonable, so I won't complain.

This film stands head and shoulders above others in its genre, although it wouldn't take any great effort at all to beat the film version of 'Rising Damp' into a cocked hat. Like that film, 'Porridge The Movie' recycles a few memorable lines from time to time, but the basic plot is fresh and all the integral members of the cast are there.
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Published 12 days ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring up a storm
Being a fan of the series Porridge, I could not resist buying the movie. The first thing I noticed was the budget increase that must have been granted, because the movie was... Read more
Published 17 days ago by D. Hodson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK for its type
Published 17 days ago by Daphne Biggs
4.0 out of 5 stars classic TV to moviehouse
Not great but not the worst in the franchise either! Might be worth giving it a try
Published 19 days ago by A. Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Porridge-
Great to seeRichard a d Ronnie together again.
The best of best. There are some moments that
Are classic. So sad he left so young.
Published 1 month ago by J. Hussey
5.0 out of 5 stars Porridge
Brilliant! Not all sit com spin off movies work but this and another Clement & La Frenais sit com The Likely Lads are an exception.
Published 1 month ago by Moon the Loon
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
this was a movie to watch again with Barker it was awesome just pure magic and well worth recommending to all its just brilliant.
Published 4 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
Good for all porridge fans set between series 2 and 3 but was the last bit of porridge to be filmed
Published 4 months ago by alex mcdermott
5.0 out of 5 stars Prisoner Escorted
Block buster of a movie of Porridge a classic comedy series. Great to see Ronnie Barker in action again.

Published 5 months ago by Andrew Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Fletcher at his best why go to the cinema when you can have this in your own home and no parking problems he is a joy to watch
Published 6 months ago by A. Power
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