Two Way Stretch 1960

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Peter Sellers has planned the perfect robbery while in prison. He intends to break out of prison, steal a fortune in diamonds, and break back into prison before anyone notices. With only a few days sentence left, and the perfect alibi - what could possibly go wrong?

Starring:
Wilfrid Hyde White,Bernard Cribbins
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Crime, Comedy
Director Robert Day
Starring Wilfrid Hyde White, Bernard Cribbins
Supporting actors Peter Sellers, David Lodge, Maurice Denham, Liz Fr, Liz Fraser, Lionel Jeffries, Beryl Reid
Studio Echelon
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Scott Fraser VINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
This really very funny film was the obvious inspiration for the creation of Porridge it is so similar in many ways.

A cocky prisoner in the form of Dodger Lane, played by Peter Sellers is the forerunner to Norman Stanley Fletcher, a young thief Lennie, portrayed by Bernard Cribbins is of course Lennie Godber, they even share the same christian name and Jelly Knight is the equivelant of the various other characters such as Bunny Warren and Jock McClaran. Not forgetting of course Prison Officer Sidney Crout who is a dead ringer for the character of Mr Mackay.

A section of the film is even virtually identical to the ending of the Porridge film years later in that a group of prisoners find themselves on the outside and have to break back into jail.

Throw in Wilfred Hyde-White as the wonderfully named Soapy Stevens, organise a diamond raid while having the perfect alibi of being inside and just having one misshap after another and you have got the makings of a classic British film from a classic era.

The first time that I saw this was in 1996 via a Channel 4 transmission, my daughter had just been born and was playing up, I'd been up all night and was tired and was falling asleep when this film came on, not only did it wake me up but had me rolling on the floor in laughter, it cheered me up no end and I've never forgotten the effect that it had on me, I tracked down the video the very next day and was delighted when this DVD version appeared a few years later with vastly improved picture and sound.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Caton on 12 July 2003
Format: DVD
To see this film is to see into a vanished world of loveable rogues, dodgy geezers and thwarted authority. An incredible robbery is planned and carried through with perfect precision....
bearing in mind that this movie is British and over 40 years old the outcome is inevitable but carries with it a superb twist ending.
Peter Sellers as Dodger Lane has the air of criminality about him; despite this being a caper film, Dodger has an undercurrent of menace and you wouldn't want to cross him. Loveable rogue he is not.
Buy this movie; it is a record of Sellers playing the type of British low life he would soon abandon for Gallic incompetence as Clouseau. It is also a movie of a type none could ever try to make again, as British as afternoon tea and equally as welcome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Two-Way Stretch is the one where Peter Sellers, Bernard Cribbins and David Lodge break out of prison to commit a robbery, then break back in to provide themselves with the perfect alibi. Unfortunately, their plan and their luxury regime in prison is disrupted by sadistic new chief warder Lionel Jeffries, whose arrival inspires a reel or so of sendups of classic P.O.W. movies such as The Wooden Horse (with Jeffries ending up falling through the tunnel) and Danger Within (with Cribbins literally up faeces creek without a paddle).

The comic highlights may be the prison visitors sequence, with Liz Fraser's stocking tops providing ample diversion for assorted relatives to slip through sacks full of contraband to the inmates, and Beryl Reid's Ladies' League of Prison Reform inspection of the prison's rehabilitation classes, where plant pots hide dice and woodwork cabinets double as props for demonstrations of safe-cracking (straight out of Sergeant Bilko), but the film manages consistently funny throughout, a rarity for the star. Indeed, the film is so good-natured that it's a surprise to find mention of 'n**-n**s' in the script (this was 1962, after all).

With a great cast filled with familiar faces, the undisputed star of the show is Wilbur the carrier pigeon and his unique way of delivering messages. Sadly the print is rather flat and soft. No extras either.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KN VINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2008
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This has to be one of my favourite comedies even though I only first saw this film in the early 90s. Peter Sellers is in top form as a gang-leader planning and executing another robbery while doing a spot of bird. Bernard Cribbins, Lionel Jeffries and Beryl Reid co-star. It was made at the tail-end of the golden age of British cinema when they really knew how to make films that would last, despite being in black and white. Does anyone think many of todays movies will be enjoyed in 50 years?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graham on 10 April 2013
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Yet another British comedy gem from the early 60's, starring Peter Sellers.
While serving a prison sentence, Dodger, played by Sellers, hatches a plan for the perfect robbery: To break out of prison, and steal a fortune in diamonds, and then break back in. Aided by his two cohorts, played by Bernard Cribbins and David Lodge, they set about planning their 'perfect' robbery, aided on the 'outside' by Soapy Stevens, played by Wilfred Hyde-White.

Initially on DVD, then deleted for years, this is now available again.
If you are into these classic comedy films from the 50's and 60's, or you are a Peter Sellers fan, you are in for a treat. You simply cannot afford to miss this one.
Buy it while it's still available.

Picture Quality is good, and the transfer is in it's original aspect ratio of 1.66:1.

Pure magic, highly recommended.
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