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Wilt [1988] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith, Alison Steadman, Diana Quick
  • Directors: Michael Tuchner
  • Producers: Brian Eastman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Aug. 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FZDGYW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A black comedy based on a Tom Sharpe novel. Henry Wilt regularly fantasises about killing his wife, and after dumping an unwanted inflatable doll in a ditch and when his wife then goes missing the finger of accusation is pointed straight at him. Stars Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith, Alison Steadman and Diana Quick.

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Based on the novel by Tom Sharpe, Wilt reunites the considerable comic talents of Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones in a farcical tale of a missing wife, an overzealous law enforcement officer and a blow-up doll. The titular hero Henry Wilt (Jones) is a liberal-studies lecturer condemned to teaching students on day-release from the local pie factory. As if this wasn't demoralising enough he is regularly emasculated by his bossy wife Eva (Alison Steadman); after a particularly embarrassing party he finds himself in possession of an inflatable playmate, which he unceremoniously dumps at a local building site. Unfortunately, not only is he spotted, but his wife goes missing the same day, leaving a very tenacious Inspector Flint (Smith) determined to catch this suburban criminal. Jones is superb as the henpecked husband and Smith pulls of a fantastically clichéd, but hugely entertaining PC plod. It's a minor British comedy gem from a time when Four Weddings and a Funeral was merely a glint in Richard Curtis' eye. --Kristen Bowditch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Winks on 31 Aug. 2004
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Wilt - faithful attention to the book on the whole, some deviation (blow-up doll aside) but nonetheless both book and film hugely entertaining.
Tom Sharpes' acid wit is brought to life in this sardonic swipe at the Police Forces who 'protect and serve' us, and bureaucracy, served up on the same plate with our sympathy being evoked for Wilty. Causing us to ponder on the lives of those other poor devils who are obliged to try and teach in similar environments.
Its seems obvious where Sharpe's sympathies lie in the book and this transposes well to the film, the characters of Wilt and Inspector Flint are portrayed brilliantly by that well known comedy duo 'Smith & Jones'. The dialogue, as in the book, is magic!
Wilt being tied to a Blow-Up doll, falsely accused of murder, and vainly protesting his innocence. Maintaining the theme of farce, the piece of evidence that could have 'cleared' him, had been used by a toilet-roll challenged Wilt to serve an urgent 'bathroom' need.
Tom Sharpe's literary swipes at the corrupt, powerful, snobbish and any other eligible targets never fail to deliver with copious doses of humour, irreverent and bizarre situations and truck loads of irony. To see his books brought to life on film or TV is precious and not to be missed.
This film is hugely entertaining. I would suggest an 'evening in' with the DVD and any other like minded individuals and be entertained. Really entertained.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Davieboy on 20 Mar. 2007
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I saw this film before reading the book by Tom Sharpe, and although some say that pretty much ruins the reading for you, I'm still glad I did, as when I came to reading the book I could 'hear' the voices of Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith in their respective characters in my head, which made it all the more enjoyable. I'd bought it largely because I'm a fan of Smith and Jones' work (their 'news for the elderly' sketch is one of the funniest things I've ever seen), so despite a number of mixed reviews elsewhere my expectations were still fairly high.

The film itself does differ in places to the book, although this didn't really matter to me. It moves along at a steady pace and there are enough funny moments to keep the viewer's attention. The performances are excellent, particularly that of Griff Rhys Jones, who plays the title character. His range veers from anger (directed at a blow-up doll he's trying to get rid of in one of the funniest scenes in the film) to quiet bewilderment as he is continuously questioned by Mel Smith's Inspector Flint, who puts in a performance good enough to make you sympathise with him, despite his heavy-handedness. The two main actresses, Alison Steadman and Diana Quick, also bring their characters to life. Steadman's Eva differs quite strongly (physically at least) from Tom Sharpe's version yet this does not detract from either of them.

I do feel that the film could've benefited from a bit more length - perhaps more time could've gone into Wilt's life at home and the college, as well as his relationship with Eva (more exploration into her faddish nature), but this is a minor fault. Overall this is an excellent film that can be rewatched and still make you laugh.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midget on 5 Jan. 2008
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When I saw this film had Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones in it I thought it must be funny and watched it. So glad I did! Excellent plotline, with some cracking pieces of script and real laugh-out-loud moments. Recommend this film to anyone with a funny bone!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Downesyboy on 10 April 2010
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Unlike reviewer Davieboy, I had read the book before seeing the film and I'm afraid to say that the book wins hands down - it's one of Sharpe's best (although not as good as the follow-up, the Wilt Alternative)

Two main problems seem to be that that the firstly, the book is too outragous to to make a really good adaptation from - the same reason that Riotous Assembly, Indecent Exposure and The Throwback will never be made into films. Also, we never really get to understand the anger and frustration that Henry Wilt feels in his personal and working life that leads to him burying the doll.

The second is the casting of Smith and Jones themselves. Now in the book, the police interrigations between Wilt and Flint is the centre piece of the film and as Smith and Jones were known for their head to head comedy routine at the time, the temptation to cast the two must have been strong. The problem is that the interrigation was a different type of head to head battle, not the cozy comedy banter. They are excellent comedians in their own right but for me, it just didn't work. I remember reading an article at the time in which one of them said that they held back for fear that the exchange would seem just another of their comedy routines.

Maybe 3 starts is being slightly hard on this film, it's just i expected more. For a really good Tom Sharpe adaptation, try Blott on the Landscape.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geordie Tyke on 11 May 2010
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I remembered reading the book and seeing this film back in the 80's and have recently re-read the book. As with most adaptations, the film changes a few things but it's funny anyway! I did however prefer the book and the casting of Alison Steadman as Mrs Wilt didn't really correspond to her description in the book and the image I already had in my mind. Good for a laugh though if you like Mel and Griff.
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