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  • Actors: Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth, Mary Tamm, Sheila Fearn
  • Directors: Michael Tuchner
  • Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
  • Producers: Aida Young
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEVTGI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,054 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Bob (Rodney Bewes) and Terry (James Bolam) find their lifelong friendship beginning to change as Terry becomes involved with a new woman and the lads' weekly drinks sessions stop. Bob is dismayed, but his wife sees the opportunity to get Terry married off and put a wedge between the friends. Of course, this being a spin-off from the popular BBC sitcom, nothing runs smoothly as they all embark on a caravan touring holiday.

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Dating from 1976, The Likely Lads belongs to an often-reviled genre--the feature-length spin-off from the 1970s sitcom. However, these were often a great deal better than TV purists make them out to be. The Dad's Army film, for example, more than measures up to the original series, the first Steptoe and Son movie is as sublime as any 1960s kitchen sink drama and much funnier, while this incarnation of The Likely Lads reaches heights of hilarity not even scaled by the splendid sitcom from which it was derived.

Starring Rodney Bewes as Bob and James Bolam as Terry, this is an aimless but endlessly entertaining saga that takes in a calamitous caravan holiday in drizzly Northumbria, a farcical escapade in a seaside guest house and innumerable minor capers in between. The real business here, however, is in Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' script and characterisation. Most of their best work involves men in confinement of some sort (Porridge, Auf Wiedersehen Pet) and here it's Bob who finds himself timidly chafing at the clutches of domestic "bliss" as personified by wife Thelma (played magnificently and underratedly by Brigit Forsyth, avoiding all the usual battleaxe clichés). He's jealous of the footloose Terry, even though the latter is clearly frustrated at his rootless existence ("I've learned nothing. Y'know what it'll say on my gravestone? "None the Bloody Wiser"!"). Beyond a mere nostalgia-fest, this is vintage, essential Brit-comedy.

On the DVD: The Likely Lads is presented in widescreen 1.78:1. Unfortunately, this comedic milestone comes only with the original trailer by way of extras. --David Stubbs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lutz Svensson on 11 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Okay, let's be brutal - this is never going to challenge 'The Godfather' for Best Movie Of The Seventies. Actually, it may not make it into a Seventies' Top 100... even if we stipulate a 'Must Include At Least One Soft-Focus, Dewy-Eyed Shot Of Tyneside' clause in the selection criteria. But there's something bleakly compelling that arises from the pathos and despair of the lads' encroaching mid-life crises that makes The Likely Lads withstand many, many repeat viewings.

More than that, though, it's a time capsule allowing viewers of a certain age, a certain social class and a certain geographical disposition ('north of Watf**d') a wincingly nostalgic wallow in everything that was simultaneously glorious and godawful about mid-70's Britain. Today's under-16's should be made to watch it on a perpetual loop until they reject their iPhones in disgust and all start trading pithy quips in broad Geordie. "This is what used to pass for entertainment," we'll tell them, "before Ant and Dec went and ruined everything forever."

They'll thank us eventually.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Marcus J Fletcher on 25 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
Curiously, despite the assertion on the box, this DVD doesn't contain ALL the surviving episodes. There is another one, "The Other Side of the Fence", which was screened by UK Gold last year, featuring Anneke Wills. In this episode, Bob is promoted from the workshop into the management side of the company (hence the title). If UK Gold had the episode (and presumably acquired it from the BBC), then how is it that the BBC themselves seem to be unaware of it? Releasing a DVD containing supposedly ALL the surviving episodes, while omitting ONE, strikes me as somewhat daft.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
For a short period in the early/mid 1970s there was a boom in spin-off cinema features from popular British television series - a tradition which had developed much earlier with radio series such as Inspector Hornleigh before the Second World War. Most of these spin-off films were unfairly maligned by critics at the time (as indeed were the Carry On films). The Likely Lads (from 1964 BBC series The Likely Lads and 1970s sequel Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads) is a prime example of this little celebrated phenomenon. Central to the story is writers Clement and La Frenais' strong and likeable characterisations of Bob and Terry and their bonding with the changing Tyneside landscape - Bob, now an upwardly mobile surveyor, married to Thelma and settling down with a mortgage on the Elm Lodge Housing Estate. By contrast, Terry, divorced, carefree, living in a high-rise council flat chasing after au pair girls.. The one liners crackle thick and fast and the observational commentary, as with the series, is spot on. The characters benefit from the opening out of storyline enabled by the cinema format. Best line from Bob: 'In the chocolate box of life the top layer has already gone and someone's pinched the orange cream from the bottom'. Highly recommended for fans and those that have never seen the series alike.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 July 2011
Format: DVD
A big screen outing for likely lads Rodney Bewes and James Bolam, it's a spin off from the popular TV shows that the two made in the 60's and 70's. It's directed by Michael Tuchner and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

Plot sees lifelong friends Bob Ferris (Bewes) and Terry Collier (Bolam) finding that times are a changing very fast. When the street where they grew up starts to be demolished, the pair feel the pangs of nostalgia more than most, even bringing the onset of a sort of mid-life crisis. Bob has to face life in the normality of a marriage to the no nonsense Thelma (Brigit Forsyth), and Terry, recently divorced, takes on a new girlfriend whilst firmly ensconced at his parents high rise flat. When Thelma sees that Terry, once the bane of her relationship with Bob, is going steady and happy with Christina (Mary Tamm), she plans a caravan holiday for the four of them....Which surely will not go as planned?

Although taking the title of the first show that ran on British TV between 1964 and 1966, this film spin off is closer in tone to the sequel show, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? During the 70's, Britain was awash with situation comedies, many of which had the obligatory film spin off. Sadly, very few of them were any good, bogged down by trying to extend a half hour comedy formula into three times the running time. The Likely Lads movie is one of the rare successes, mainly because the writers were so in tune with the times, they were able to plant the much loved characters in the 70's time frame and involve the comedy as such. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? Always carried an air of melancholy about it, but the comedy was still rich and prominent, so it be with this film version.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Clegsy on 8 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
Unlike many of the TV series that produced a spin off film this one is actually funny and well worth viewing more than once.

Bob is having a mid life crisis so wife Thelma suggests that they go away for a caravanning weekend to Northumberland - caravans being a well known cure for most of life's troubles apparently - together with Terry and his current Finnish girlfriend Chris.

Needless to say it's a catalogue of mishaps. Bob's marriage is in trouble resulting in him moving in with Terry who has been dumped and is back to his usual "sensitive" self. As with all 70's films the fashions are well worth a chuckle - Thelma sports a particularly fetching purple "fondu party" type dress which is borderline offensive.

There are some fantastic lines including one of my all time film favourites:
Terry to Bob who has just poured out his heart about feeling his life is falling apart - "do you want some coffee, I'd offer you a beer but I've only got 6"

You can't beat a bit of North Eastern humour!
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