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The Million Pound Note ( Man With a Million ) ( The 1,000,000 Pound Note )

Gregory Peck , Joyce Grenfell , Ronald Neame    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Joyce Grenfell, Maurice Denham, Bryan Forbes, Wilfrid Hyde-White
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Producers: The Million Pound Note ( Man With a Million ) ( The 1,000,000 Pound Note ), The Million Pound Note, Man With a Million, The 1,000,000 Pound Note
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 91.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DSCFRY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,062 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Released in the US as Man With a Million, The Million Pound Note is a satisfying adaptation of a satirical short story by Mark Twain. Gregory Peck plays Henry Adams, an impecunious American living by his wits in London. Henry becomes the object of a wager between millionaire brothers Oliver and Roderick Montpelier (Ronald Squire and Wilfred Hyde-White), who want to find out if a man with a million pound note in his bank account could live comfortably for one month on the strength of that note--without ever spending a penny of it. When Henry is given the note and lets it be known that he has it, every courtesy imaginable is extended to him by hoteliers, restauranteurs, etc. Trouble brews when Henry uses the note's reputation to speculate on the stock market. When his creditors demand that he produce the note as an act of faith, Henry is unable to do so, whereupon pandemonium reigns--and the audience's laughter cascades.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
Likewise I'm very surprised there aren't more reviews for this film. It's an excellent 1950s comedy - very funny, with a witty and well-written script. I first came across it in a review by Pauline Kael. She rated it very highly and I waited years to see it. If you're a fan of classic comedy - Ealings and the like - do make the effort to get hold of a copy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story 17 Jan 2011
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I caught this on TV a couple of years ago by chance. A wonderful story about whether we habitually judge people by their relative status and wealth, or not! Peck is marvellously unassuming in the role as his character experiences the fawning interest provoked by the million pound note, and the fast-moving consequences of the assumptions made by London society. Of course this film could have been set in any large city in the world, but London seems curiously apt in the light of the recent banking crisis. Apart from the fact that it is very entertaining this film provokes some interesting questions about the way in which we (all) treat others, and regard the rich as somehow superior to ourselves because they have money. This film has really stood the test of time and is well worth seeing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless!!! 18 Jun 2011
By niloc
Format:DVD
As my Mother used to say: "They don't make them like this anymore". For sheer entertainment value,'The Million Pound Note' scores all along the line. The story line never flags. The actors seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves-even Gregory Peck who always seemed to me to be more than somewhat dour-and this comes across so much that the film seems to burst with enjoyment. I recommend this DVD to anyone who just wants to escape (albeit briefly) from the everyday stresses and strains.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Helen
Format:DVD
I'm amazed no other reviews but perhaps this is because the movie is pretty old now. I saw it many years ago and thought it simply brilliant. I'd say not to be missed, especially if you like Gregory Peck as I do.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Also known as Man With A Million, The Million Pound Note is based on a short story by Mark Twain called "The Million Pound Bank Note". It's directed by Ronald Neame {The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie/The Poseidon Adventure } and stars Gregory Peck {To Kill A Mockingbird/Cape Fear}, Ronald Squire, Joyce Grenfell, Jane Griffiths & Reginald Beckwith .

It's Edwardian England and American seaman Henry Adams ( Peck) is stranded and down on his luck. That is until he becomes embroiled in an unusual wager between two wealthy, eccentric brothers, Oliver (Ronald Squire) and Roderick Montpelier (Wilfrid Hyde-White). Giving him an envelope, they tell him that it contains some money but that he must not open it till 14.00. Thinking they are crack pots he goes along with it anyway, and much to his amazement the envelope contains a one million pound note (1,000,000). It transpires that Oliver believes that the mere existence of the note will enable Adams to obtain whatever he needs without spending a penny, while Roderick contends that it would actually have to be spent for it to be of any use. Hence the bet is on and a promise of a job for Henry if he can go for a month without breaking into the note.

Chirpy yet astutely cynical is The Million Pound Note. The laughs come courtesy of the ridiculous way that people react to money and those that have plenty of it. As Henry {a wonderfully cast Peck} moves from penniless bum to upstanding wealthy gentleman, without spending anything, the moral of the story is blatantly obvious. Very much a forerunner to the Eddie Murphy starrer Trading Places in 1983, it also has similarities with Twain's own The Prince And The Pauper, themes that always produce interesting results as regards the human condition.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my All-Time Favourites! 4 Nov 2012
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I was gutted when my family chucked out the Video player without getting a few of our favourite VHS films on DVD first - this was one of them! But no more, because I now have one of my favourite films growing up (ta, Amazon!).

Why so upset over a film with no GCIs, explosions, etc? Well the story tells of an impoverished American man, who, on the promise of a job, goes along with a bet involving a note of such high value, he becomes the toast of London society without spending a single penny of it. There is indeed a moral to the story, but as it is such a joy to watch, and so many smile along the way, it is delivered without being preachy.

As well as the legendary Gregory Peck, the film also features a who's who of 1950's English film stars, and familiar faces, even to a child in the 80's (Look out, watch out, it's Supergran!) - for a film to watch with your parents and your children, and to have everyone thoroughly entertained - this is it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Entertainment 5 Mar 2012
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I remember watching this film in my youth and wanted to have it in my goldy oldy collection. It is Gregory Peck in one of his 'different' type of roles, but none the less dashing as ever. Personally I rather enjoyed watching it again with my grandchildren, highly recommendable family entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd 16 April 2014
By TopCat
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I watched this film in my younger days and have always wanted to show my kids[and grandkids] now I can and have.Brilliant!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars film
an absolutely brilliant movie if you like the oldies (as I do) even my grandson (he's 12) enjoyed it, then we laughed about what we would do if we had a note like this
Published 1 month ago by Nana Moon
4.0 out of 5 stars 'The million Pound Note'
Enjoyable, light-hearted, easy to watch video.
A bit date perhaps, but so what! Gregory Peck as a relatively young man, takes years off me! Read more
Published 1 month ago by planechant2
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
A classic, wonderful film for all ages - Gregory Peck at his very best. Perfect gift or to add to your collection.
Published 3 months ago by Sallie Garrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Gregory Peck in a lighter vein.
This is another old favourite that I have long hoped to acquire. It isn't great drama but makes excellent light entertainment.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie
What a great movie, what you would expect from an actor like Gregory Peck.
Even though the film is shown in Black and White, it did not detract from viewing.
Published 3 months ago by Western Heroes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good viewing
Just loved it, dont make them like that anymore. Nothing better on a winters evening all snug on the settee.
Published 4 months ago by mrs patricia diamond
5.0 out of 5 stars can't beat a classic old film
This is the one to put your feet up and watch on a sunday afternoon ! Especially when the weather's rotten.
Published 5 months ago by Monica Dickens
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics are best
This is a heart-warming, lovely story and a perfect afternoon movie for the whole family. Gregory Peck, who plays the main character, is just amazing (and oh so handsome) and the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Currie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Love this film and had been looking to buy on DVD to replace my VHS copy. You won't be disappointed. A classic.
Published 7 months ago by Judy Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old movies
This was purchased for someone, as a gift, who enjoys the old time classics. It was well and gratefully received.
Published 7 months ago by Happy Texter
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