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  • Actors: Tim Curry, Michael Palin, Stephen Moore, Bill Stewart, Michael Elphick
  • Directors: Stephen Frears
  • Producers: Rosemary Hill
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ATVDCI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,818 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Popular from the very start and never out of print. Three Men in a Boat remains as fresh and funny today as when it was first published in 1889.This adaptation is by a modern master of comedy, playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, The Russia House, Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Brazil – Oscar nominated co-writer).

One hot June day, three friends decide there is nothing they would like to do more than to get away from London. A boating holiday with lots of fresh air and exercise would be the very thing, or so their doctors tell them. So after debating the merits of hotel or camp beds and what to pack, they set off on their voyage – a trip up the Thames from Henley to Oxford (with a few diversions into pubs, museums and friends’ homes).

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Fiction Fan on 23 Sept. 2009
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Jerome K Jerome's "Three Men in a boat" is one of the real classics of Victorian comedy - a week's boat trip down the Thames by three friends from London in about 1888, it is consistently funny and tells us much about the absurdity of human nature and the times.
It had been poorly served for adaptation to film before this classic BBC TV film of the 70's featuring the marvellous cast of Tim Curry as Jerome, Michael Palin as Harris and Stephen Moore as George, and it has taken some time to emerge on DVD but is worth the wait.
The excellent adaptation is by Tom Stoppard, who stays true to the spirit of Jerome while getting to the very heart of the story. Similarly the direction - by Stephen Frears - is brilliant. If I had a quibble it would be that Montmorency (the dog) is the wrong breed. Perhaps they couldn't find a trained Jack Russell. A very minor quibble at that. Highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By movieman on 25 Oct. 2009
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Being an enthusiastic admirer of the book and dimly remembering watching this one new years eve as a youth, i was not expecting too much. television adaptations tend to fall between either the dire or the unrecognisable. Obviousely the team who made this programm had set out to give as close a rendition of the book as was possible given the constraint of the budget. Its hard to fault any aspect of this production other than to say that it was woefully too short and i could only imagine how good it would have been were it given another hour to fully flesh out the adventures on the river. Tim curry was never better than 'J', the narrator. and fellow traveller Michael palin giving just the right amount of bristling bluster to Harris. and Steven moore breezy as George. watch and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norman Cheeseworthy on 16 Jun. 2011
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The best dramatisation of Jerome K. Jerome's classic. Beautifully shot with terrific acting, it has a jolly good stab at trying to recreate some of the hilarious incidents which the three characters (four including the dog) encounter as they navigate their way along the Thames. You really have to have read the book first to fully appreciate the humour of this film though, so anyone coming to this 'blind' may well be disappointed.

Any fan of the book will love this (much better than the 1956 version).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ian Cooper on 24 Aug. 2009
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This is by far the best screen adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome's classic. All the actors play their parts wonderfully and the costuming and direction are great. Also, the boats they managed to find for the show evoke the era beautifully. I saw this years ago on TV and I've been waiting since then to see it offered on VHS or DVD. Finally it's here! I can't wait until it arrives - then I'll give more details on the technical specs of the DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dobrocsi Laszlo on 2 April 2014
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As I have read the original book by Jerome K. Jerome, I also wanted to see the film. The actors are superb and I like the film version, too. Typical Victorian atmosphere and charm, very soothing in these troubled times. A sort of classic that is highly enjoyable if you like this sort of reserved and kind humour.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BABU VARMA on 1 Sept. 2010
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Three Men In A Boat [DVD]The movie is quite good in the sense that it might appeal to a person who has not read the book. But to me, a real fan of Jerome K Jerome and all his books, the movie is certainly lacking. The acting by Tim Curry and the rest is superb. Pity that the script isn't. The humor element is very under-played. The film also appears too short to do justice to the book. The narrative style that Tom Stoppard has used is very much like that in the book. But except for the maze at Hampton Court, and the opening of a can of pineapple, none of the other extremely funny anecdotes from the book are used well. To a person who has read the book, the film appears like a mush mash. You watch the movie and occasionally smile. That's all the reaction the movie brings out in you. Definitely not at all hilarious in spite of having three accomplished comedy stars playing the major parts. The essence of the book is captured to a great extent. But to someone who has read the book, probably more than a hundred times over and over, just capturing the essence is quite not enough. The various incidents are all edited together so tightly that before one really gets into the film, it is over. Incidents that could have been used, according to me are, 'Uncle podger hanging a picture', 'The incident of the Cheese' and 'George and the Police'. Then the picture would have been, say, about 45 minutes longer and very appealing to Jerome K Jerome fans.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikie on 15 Aug. 2012
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I have read the book several times since I was a young teenager, and it has always been a favourite. I think the movie is wonderful, I love the actors and the dialog. I admit it is a matter of taste, and the movie could have been done a little differently, but it is what it is.(There ARE other versions, or at least one and a TV series).

The humour and acting are both very low key and laid back. Rather like Jeeves and Wooster. It is a particular type of (gentle) humour that I enjoy.

WHY only 4 stars?

Firstly because it's no longer available. The book has been in print for over 120 years, surely there is a demand for the movie?

And secondly surely it must be overdue for being fixed, upgraded, digitised, or whatever you want to call it?
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