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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!
Carry On Up The Kyber is undoubtedly one of the very best of the series, if not THE best. Whilst most Carry on films suffered an onslaught of criticism from critics, they actually joined in praise for this entry, and rightly so.

The Khaszi of Kalabar finds information that proves that the men of The Third Foot And Mouth regiment are not "the devil in skirts" as...
Published on 16 May 2006 by Ian Phillips

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3.0 out of 5 stars The British Position In India
This film defines British comedy. The jokes, puns, and characters are all classic carry on. I'd say this is the best of the series, and atcually the most accomplished plot-wise. The 'dining room attack' scene, I think, is one of the best moments in film history, and should be seen. Highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!, 16 May 2006
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Ian Phillips (Bolton, Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD] (DVD)
Carry On Up The Kyber is undoubtedly one of the very best of the series, if not THE best. Whilst most Carry on films suffered an onslaught of criticism from critics, they actually joined in praise for this entry, and rightly so.

The Khaszi of Kalabar finds information that proves that the men of The Third Foot And Mouth regiment are not "the devil in skirts" as they claim to be, so he decides to bring their presence in India to an end. With Sir Sidney Ruff Diamond's (head of "the devil in skirts") cushy job threatened to come to an end, he decides to take action against it.

The irreplacable Hattie Jaques and Barbara Windsor are missing from this entry but most of the other regulars are here such as Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Terry Scott and Bernard Bresslaw as well as featuring the talents of Roy Castle, in his only Carry On role and Angela Douglas who previously had appeared in Carry On Cowboy (1965), Screaming (1966) and Follow That Camel (1967). The best players in this historical romp are Sid James and Joan Sims as the hilarious Ruff Diamonds. Joan Sims delivery is priceless as her delicatley, well spoken voice occasionally slides into a broad cockney accent - amusing stuff!

Carry On Up The Kyber is consistently funny throughout with Talbot Rothwell's script bubbling with inventive repartee and sparkling razor sharp wit. The film boasts the best ending in a Carry On film, where the gang are all keeping a stiff British upper lip and deciding to ignore the attack that's taking place outside the building, proceed to continue with their supper whilst the building is collapsing around their ears.

Classic British comedy at its very best and fans of the series will be delighted.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Carry On ever?, 3 Sep 2003
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Jimmy "city_lad" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD] (DVD)
Carry On… movies are never likely to be thought of as comedy classics, and yet they are fondly remembered by those who have seen them on a wet bank holiday Monday through the years, and the regular cast remain household names (Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor to name but a few). All to often they are nothing more than Bawdy sit-coms (Camping, Abroad in particular), yet every now and again they hit the mark, often when dealing with the past. Cleo, Dick, Henry and Don’t Lose Your Head (a film that was monikered Carry On very late on in it’s inception) are great examples of this, but it is Up the Khyber that truly stands the test of time, and is arguably the very best.
There is little point in talking about plot – the Carry On’s never score highly on that in any case – this is all to do with the pitch perfect casting of the regulars (with support from Roy Castle playing the Jim Dale type role) and great performances all round. Sid James once more plays Sid, this time Sir Sydney Ruff-Diamond, with his usual flair, but it is once more left to Kenneth Williams to claim the over-acting honours as his nemesis the Khasi of Khalabar. The cast is rounded out with most the regulars including a fine turn from the inestimable Charles Hawtry as the unfortunate Private Widdle, whose choice of underwear almost brings down British rule in India. Pinewood performs admirably in it’s own role as Imperial India, as does the Welsh Valley that stands in for the real Khyber Pass.
With the Carry On films being re-visited by Carry On London ( which will feature – shudder – soap actors in the major parts), this is a good time to see the original cast at their very best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a comedy classic, 6 Sep 2010
This review is from: Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD] (DVD)
When it comes to choosing, from a handful of greats, the greatest Carry On film of all time, opinion divides. Many people seem to go for "Carry On Cleo" and its well-known "Infamy, infamy" scene. But for my money the finest film of the Carry On oeuvre is this thrilling yarn of derring-do and Her Majesty's 3rd Foot and Mouth Regiment (the "Devils in Skirts") set in 1895, at the very gateway to India, high up in the foothills of the Khyber Pass.

From the opening montage in which an elephant breaks wind and Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond looks accusingly at his wife (Joan Sims), the tone is set for a tale of the Great Game and the glory days of the Raj, related through the, some would say, completely inappropriate medium of Panto. All the regulars are here, the classic triumvirate of James, Williams and Hawtrey, ably abetted by a fine supporting cast; Bernard Bresslaw is a gleefully plausible border chieftain; Terry Scott as Sergeant-Major McNutt is an NCO straight out of George McDonald Fraser; Angela Douglas makes an alluring Princess Jelhi ("an appropriate name," as Sir Sidney gallantly informs her, "for one cast in so perfect a mould,") while Roy Castle as the dashing and resolute Captain Keene is quite plainly on the verge of corpsing in every take. All this accompanied by kilt gags, wince-inducing puns, gratuitous cross-dressing and "it's all we had in the studio" sound effects.

Anyone seeking to understand the history of British involvement on the North-West Frontier should watch this film, not because it is remotely accurate, but because it willl cheer them up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the greatest film in the English language, 29 Nov 2001
This review is from: Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD] (DVD)
Many words have been written about what makes a great film, but here you have it all - the quintessence of the English sense of humour. Stunning locations, world-class acting, great direction and a superb script. Admittedly the best scene in British cinema was the "nice pear" scene in Carry on Doctor, but Khyber endures as the definitive classic. Must go, time for tiffin!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece, 21 Mar 2007
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD] (DVD)
director of the carry ons gerald thomas and producer peter rogers have stated that this is their favourite carry on,the british film institute ranks this film as number 99 of the top 100 british films and most people will rate this as a brilliant film in any walk of life so the fact that its a carry on film may surprise some but the fact remains this whether as a one off film or as part of the series,carry on up the khyber is a classic.

released in 1968,the films theme centres on britains colonisation of india in the 19th century,sid james plays a british governer in the province of khalabar,the british army keep the country from peace and life is grand for sid especially,his enemy is kenny williams who plays a burpa chief who resents the english rule,when an opportunity arises for the burpas to seize the country back then they take their chance but sid along with his army,whom include roy castle,terry scott,charles hawtrey and tour guide peter butterworth try and find a way to show that they are the real leaders of the country.

The film is an example of the notion of the stiff upper lip belief in england of the time when war cant weaken the brave english,the dinner table scene is priceless and is an example of that notion,the film has been deemed racist in some quarters but i would be hard pressed to believe that was the intention,carry on up the khyber is a real classic in the carry on series and a real classic film on its own legs as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Carry on Classic, 2 Nov 2014
This review is from: Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD] (DVD)
Opinions vary about "Carry On" movies. In a way, children of their time, they might be seen as harmless fun, if a bit smutty. However, they could also be - and are- accused of many 'ists or 'isms. Many are, I think, pretty awful.

However, this is a magnificently funny movie in any language.

Sir Sydney Ruff-Diamond- Sid James at his hilarious best.

The Khazi of Khalabar" outstanding naming.

Some of the many lines "and up yours", and of course "Mustapha Leeeeeeeeeek".

So many sadly-missed entertainers.No film failed to win by having Roy Castle in it.

The final scenes of the Embassy being shelled are a classic and the stiff upper lip spoofing wonderful. "Permission to, er, have a go, Sir?" "Of course, you go on and enjoy yourself".

There are many other simply great lines in this simple old fashioned movie that make it a joy to watch and maybe it marks the "bit of smut" humour apart from so much of the crude nastiness we see today.

Anyway, IMNSHO, this is a classic British comedy movie and I do not care what other people think. For quality, ***** may be too much, but the guide says "***** I love it" well, I do. So there. "and up yours" if necessary.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Carry-Ons, 14 May 2002
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S. R. Smith "Steve E17" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD] (DVD)
This is from the most hillarious period of the carry-ons, in my eyes it has to be seen if only for the dinner scene at the end of the film. The comic genius of Syd James and Joan Simms as Sir Sidney and Lady Ruff Diamond pull this scene off with results that leave you laughing long after the film has finished. I remember seeing the film as a kid and this scene has always stuck in my mind as the ultimate send-up of the days of the Raj and the English stiff upper lip scenario. No other group of comic actors could have pulled this film off with such hilarity.
A masterpiece of the carry-on genre without a shadow of a doubt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not at all my little desert flower, the British are used to cuts!, 26 May 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD] (DVD)
Disaster strikes in the Raj when it's revealed that the famed British Devils In Skirts who occupy India, wear underpants under their kilts. The absence of which was something that kept the natives living in fear.

Awards and high praise for the "Carry On" franchise is like a dog that speaks Irdu, extremely rare. Granted, few of them rise above "titter me this madame" like comedy, and some are not fit to be used as coasters. But look inside this 31 film run and you find a handful of gems, a couple of which are fit to be on any list of Great British comedies from the 60s. One such film is Carry On Up The Kyber, which arguably is the best of the bunch. Directed and written by the usual Thomas/Rothwell team, Up The Kyber is a genuinely funny, knowing and original comedy.

It's pretty much a given that the best "Carry On's" were the costume spoofers. So here we be in India in 1895, in the company of The Third Foot And Mouth Regiment {snicker snicker} and Emma Walker's fabulous costumes. Innuendo is kept to a bashful level as opposed to smutty overkill, the humour more concerned with taking pot shots out Imperialism and upper crust ignorance and snobbery. Officer's chain of command and the stiff upper lip in the face of certain death, oh yes the band really will play on. There's also smart jokes such as the one in my title, and watch out for a sly Rank Organisation gag. All dealt with cunningly and sharply by the likes of Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams and Peter Butterworth. Character names remain ridiculously charming, Rhandi Lal, Private Jimmy Widdle, Bungit Din {leader of the Burpas} and Brother Belcher. While the set pieces, crowned by the now famous dinner party finale, are excellently constructed.

Subtitled "The British Position In India," this is not your standard saucy seaside postcard picture {try saying that fast three times}. Hugely entertaining for a myriad of reasons, it's actually something of a British treasure that's still delighting newcomers to it each decade. 8.5/10
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Carry On Ever!!!!, 23 Jun 2003
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This review is from: Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD] (DVD)
Hold everything!! Let me tell you about the Best Carry On film ever! Carry On Up The Khyber is hillarious and with a cast of Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Charles Hawtry, Bernard Bresslaw and Terry Scott- you know your in for a treat. Great gags, lots of naughty bits and generally a good laugh in ways only the carry on team can give
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5.0 out of 5 stars CARRY ON CLASSIC, 30 Jun 2008
This review is from: Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD] (DVD)
Just started my carry on collection again and i thought i would start with up the kyber.
I love charles hawtry , peter butterworth,Sid james.
Classic carry on caper lots of sea side post card humor.
But my favorites have to be carry on camping and up the jungle.
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