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Porridge - The Movie [DVD] [1979]

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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 (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004I9PI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,616 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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!

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2011
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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 50 people found the following review helpful By N. Tanter on 13 Dec. 2003
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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 results...at 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Burke on 2 Aug. 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Palmer on 6 Aug. 2008
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Another BBC 'from small to big screen' film from the 70s which saw many sitcoms of the era go for it such as 'The Likely Lads' & 'Are You Being Served?' Among others.
What makes this one stand out is that its just the best out of the lot.
The writing & acting are combined perfectly to create a viewing that has the humour constant throughout. The legendary Ronnie Barker continues to cement himself as an icon of British comedy as Fletcher which helps make this film stand out.
As with most sitcom films the situation is on a grander scale, having Fletcher & Godber stumble upon a prson break attempt & are forced to escape as well, which then forces the dynamic duo having to break back in to Slade Prison, while trying to avoid Fulton Mackay who's hot on their trail.
If you love or even just find Porridge amusing then i thouroughly recommend it. A shining example of when done properly a BBC sitcom can make the leap to the big screen. Though let's be hopeful that none of the modern BBC comedies have a chance of the big screen transformation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wood pigeon on 6 July 2013
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Not the best film of all time, and certainly not a patch on the tv half hour episodes. However, it's a movie to sit everyone down too one lazy afternoon and enjoy the quips. Ooh and aah at the actors in it that weren't recognised when the movie was first made A pretty inoffensive, nice to watch movie. Remember those old coaches we used to go on at school trip time, you'll see one in this film! It'll bring back many memories for some of us. Worth watching it for those alone.
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By A.Chance on 10 Jan. 2010
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One of my favorite all time films,the brilliant Ronnie Barker & Richard Beckinsale together provide a first class act,the story of a celebrity football match arranged by Flecther at the behest of prison overlord Harry Grout with the sole purpose of spring from jail "Oaksey" Flecther & Godber find themselves outside Slade prison walls and have to hatch a plot to break back in again.All the regular characters are given a part McKay,Barrowclough,Grouty,Ives,Sampson & Delilah made during the hard winter of 1979 Richard Beckinsale died a few weeks after the filming and never got to see the finished film.It reflects the last year of the 70's very well Ian Drury and the Blockheads can be heard in the background,it's hard to think that a lot of the actors are sadly no longer with us,prisons are now like Butlin's compared with the prison service at that era of time,sadly nothing like this is made today as we seem only interested in reaality tv and the PC brigade dictate what is produced for fear of upsetting someone somewhere.Nice to look back on and escape to the world of Slade prison in 1979 for an hour or so.
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