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Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD]
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on 28 June 2010
Without a doubt the funniest and best produced of the series, Carry on Up the Kyhber is a must for any Carry On fan. The jokes are sometimes subtle-"Ginger!" "Who is?" etc, the historical references hilarious: the 5 bar gate at the entrance to the Khyber Pass etc. However, this is an ensemble film with great performances from all the ususals plus also Terry Scott and Roy Castle. The best scene for me is where Scott and Charles Hawtrey prepare to defend the Pass with a lone Gatling Gun. As they see the whites of the Burpa's eyes, they start to crank the handle of the gun. However, instead of bullets, music starts playing...they double take each other, open the magazine to find a 78 record inside, the gun having been sabbotaged earlier! Classic stuff.

The denoument, the dinner scene, is also classic, with Sid James playing it as straight as he can, possibly his best Carry On performance. Joan Simms, playing the long suffering wife to Sid (again), is also excellent.

Overall, a great movie and well worth the money...a must have?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2009
The "Carry On" Films were a phenomenon; with their double entendres, smutty inuendo and corny gags they represented the real heart and soul of British comedy. With an ensemble cast of greats (Williams, James, Dale, Windsor, Simms, Butterworth, Bresslaw, Jacques and others) you just couldn't assemble these days for a hundred times the money, Peter Rogers churned out 30 of them starting with Sergeant and ending (somewhat forlornly) with Columbus. Rogers died this year, aged 95 but his legacy lives on. Everyone has their favourites and their favourite gags but for me (and many others) Khyber was Tolly Rothwell's finest hour:

The Khasi of Kalabar: May the benevolence of the god Shivoo bring blessings on your house.
Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond: And on yours.
The Khasi of Kalabar: And may his wisdom bring success in all your undertakings.
Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond: And in yours.
The Khasi of Kalabar: And may his radiance light up your life.
Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond: And up yours.

This is what defines Britain - that indestructible sense of humour so missing from the rest of the EU.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2002
A fantastic classic film which fully deserves its place in the best 100 films of all time in a recent film poll. All the regular cast are on top form with Sid James as the 'guv'nor' against the controlled anger of Kenneth Williams. But the best performances are to be found lower down the cast list with the subtle Peter Butterworth as the crooked and lecherous Brother Belcher and Terry Scott as the bullying and fearsome Sergeant-Major MacNutt - both actors were under-rated in the Carry On films and in this film they are fantastic. The plot is brilliant and the question of what is under a scotsman's kilt is milked for all its worth. A fantastic film which should find it's way on the shelf of any comedy fans DVD collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2000
The Carry On series ran from 1963 to 1978. During that time, Gerald Thomas produced a selection of films that varied from the classically brilliant to the utterly dreadful. Kyber was one of the best as it had the full original cast line up - Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Charles Hawtrey and Joan Simms. Khasie of the Kyber (Williams) attempts to throw the English out of India by humiliating Sidney Rough Diamond's (James) army stationed there. The rumour is spread that the Scots guard (shock horror!)wear underpants under their kilts. The battle to re assert authority over India has hillarious consequences! The film was predominantly shot in Snowdonia and the costumes came from the recently completed "Zulu." It is classic British cinema and it was only a shame that the series standard slipped in the 70s.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2000
THIS IS A PERFECT FILM WITH SUPERB CASTING.EACH OF THE ACTORS IS IDEAL IN HIS ROLE.KENNETH WILLIAMS AS THE "KHAZI OF KALIBAR",SID JAMES AS SIR SIDNEY RUFF-DIAMOND.PRIVATE WIDDLE ETC. THE STORY IS SIMPLE AND THE COMEDY COMES THICK AND FAST.THE END SCENE WHERE THE BRITISH ARISTOS CONTINUE THEIR DINNER WHILE THE EMBASSY IS STORMED IS A TRULY GREAT PIECE OF FILM HISTORY. WHEN ASKED WHAT THEY SHOULD DO TO COUNTER THE ATTACKS FROM THE MARAUDING BURPAS,THE SUGGESTION WAS THAT THEY SHOULD DO NOTHING-UNTIL ITS TOO LATE.THAT ABOUT SUMS US BRITS UP! I HAAVE SEEN THIS FILM AT LEAST FIFTY TIMES AND I RATE IT AS ONE OF THE BEST EVER MADE.
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on 1 June 2009
If you want to know what English humour is all about, watch this DVD! Eccentric characters taking the mickey out of themselves, awful puns, almost vulgar but not quite, just plain fun!
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on 30 January 2013
A classic from the Carry-On stable and one of the best despite its age. Great performances from, Charles, Kenneth, Sid and Joan as they take us back to the Raj and tiffin time!
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on 24 April 2014
the carry on gang re great and the makeup and costumes are really looking authentic in this movie it really give the feeling you are part of the movie as well
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on 11 April 2015
Good, politically incorrect fun. Easily the best Carry On film.

Film image quality is average, but you're not buying it for the artistic content!
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on 23 September 2013
Always good for lifting your mood, especially the ending dinner scene :)
Recommended for all even if you are not a 'Carry on' fan :)
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