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The Knowledge [DVD] [1979]


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  • Actors: Nigel Hawthorne, Mick Ford, Kim Taylforth, Jonathan Lynn, David Ryall
  • Directors: Bob Brooks (III)
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Revelation Films Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FN5P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,774 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Featuring an impressive cast including Maureen Lipman (for many, most famous for her role as Beattie in the BT adverts), Nigel Hawthorne (Yes, Minister), Michael Elphick (Three Up, Two Down) and Leslie Joseph (Birds Of A Feather), The Knowledge is a timeless representation of the classic work of award-winning writer, Jack Rosenthal. The Knowledge is the wonderful story of four men and their attempts to become London cab drivers. In the process, they acquire a different kind of knowledge: knowledge of themselves and of those closest to them, of their strengths and weaknesses, of what they want from life - and how knowledge itself is the means to getting it...

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There are over 13,000 taxi-drivers in London. And in order to become taxi-drivers, every single one of them (like every one of their predecessors for over 140 years) has to pass an exam called "The Knowledge of London". The Knowledge is the story of four men and their attempts to become cab-drivers. In the process, they acquire a different kind of knowledge: knowledge of themselves and of those closest to them, of their strengths and weaknesses, of what they want from life – and how knowledge itself is the means of getting it… Starring Maureen Lipman, Lesley Joseph, Nigel Hawthorne and Michael Elphick, the characters in "The Knowledge" are all fictitious – but the official ordeal they undergo and the incidents that occur during the examination process are all entirely factual and true.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. V. GATENBY on 14 April 2001
Format: VHS Tape
It would be hard to deny that this is Mr Maureen Lipman's best comedy drama. Every real-life London cabbie has seen this film and knows it off by heart. "Manor House to Gipton Square."
Would-be cabbies recite routes verbatim like children learning their times tables. Grown men are reduced to tears in the interrogation sessions, called "appearances." The dry, sardonic humour of Mr Burgess "I won't take offence if anyone here decides to call me 'Sir,'" the examiner, has caused this reader to burst into uncontrolled laughter and replay the appearance scenes over and over again.
This is one film that you will want to watch over and over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JT on 7 Mar 2011
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Let's face it, the film is grainy - this 'made for TV' film was filmed a long time ago - but very watchable and certainly most enjoyable. Nigel Hawthorne (Yes, Minister, Yes Prime Minister, The Madness of King George etc) is near his superb best as the head of London's taxi knowledge examiners. The four supporting cast members who sit for The Knowledge execute their roles to a high standard. If you like British comedy/drama - and this film has both - then it's well-worth seeing. Would have gone to 5 stars but the quality could be better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald H. Spek on 13 Feb 2013
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Bought for nostalgic reasons: I saw this film long before moving to London, then when living in London everytime I saw someone on a moped with a clipboard I thought 'The Knowledge!'. Last time I was in London, this summer, I saw the mopeds with the clipboards again and decided I wanted to revive my memory, so I bought the film. It lived up to my expectations, which can't be said for the cabby whom I once asked to drive me home after a late night at work, only to find out that he did not know the address (in South Ken.).
If you like London, you'll like this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. V. Hawkins on 21 Nov 2010
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I watched this film when it first came out over 30 years ago and recently was in London with my 13 year old Grand-daughter and when she asked why people were riding round London on mopeds with big clip-boards on the handlebars, I told her about this film and resolved to get it for her if possible to watch and I'm really pleased I did. Wonderful depiction and I'm sure by the look of the numbers of people doing the "Knowledge" in London to this day, the same applies.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By assistantdirector@email.com on 4 Oct 2000
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Essential viewing for the potential "Black Cabbie".So real, a real rollercoaster of life.Comedy, strife and dissappointment.This film has it all.A defininate must see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR ANDREW MARK MATHER on 19 Jun 2013
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Great for all cabbies, knowledge boys or the public who need to know what all cabbies go through to get their licence, to ferry you about! Watch it and I'm sure you'll tip your next cab driver very handsomely!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin Millward on 19 April 2013
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A little dated but totally compelling this lovable story about a few characters from various walks of life who decide to become London taxi drivers is a delight to watch and remember. Nigel Hawthorne is at his best as the examiner; it's worth watching the film for his scenes alone. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ijaz on 15 April 2013
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no smoking please if you dont mind...lol.what a way to introduce yourself mr burgess, no applause please haha.loved this film from start to finish
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