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5.0 out of 5 stars a few historical liberties taken.
This is great fun. "Carry On Cleo" is usually regarded as the best of the historical Carry Ons, and it is, but this is pretty darn good too. Sid James is almost the Henry VIII we wish the real one had been! A Cockney 'Enery (years before Ray Winstone did it), getting the hots for every buxom wench in sight, most particularly the vivacious Barbara ("Ma'am the King has...
Published on 14 Nov. 2003 by S. Hapgood

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3.0 out of 5 stars what a carry-on.
Another laugh-a-minute romp with the irrepressible Carry on gang.Hilarious British comedy at its very best.Sid James is his usual cheeky self as Henry but special praise is given to the marvellous Kenny Williams who plays Cromwell with such enthusiasm and so has some of the more funnier lines.
This is up their as one of the best in the series.
Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a few historical liberties taken., 14 Nov. 2003
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S. Hapgood "www.sjhstrangetales.com" - See all my reviews
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This is great fun. "Carry On Cleo" is usually regarded as the best of the historical Carry Ons, and it is, but this is pretty darn good too. Sid James is almost the Henry VIII we wish the real one had been! A Cockney 'Enery (years before Ray Winstone did it), getting the hots for every buxom wench in sight, most particularly the vivacious Barbara ("Ma'am the King has done me!") Windsor. Joan Sims is on fine spitting form as his garlic-chewing shrewish French wife ... you didn't know Henry had a French wife? Ah well that's something else you've learnt! I also can't help feeling Kenneth Williams should have played Cromwell for real, as he has the exact right sort of reptilian air about him, "there's only one person I trust around here ... and that's ME!" Terry Scott as Cardinal Wolsey, Kenneth Connor as the Prince of Berks, and Charles Hawtrey as a somewhat unlikely red-hot lover (Sir Roger of Bedside Manor, Wilts) all add to the fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars what a carry-on., 2 April 2013
This review is from: Carry On Henry [DVD] [1971] (DVD)
Another laugh-a-minute romp with the irrepressible Carry on gang.Hilarious British comedy at its very best.Sid James is his usual cheeky self as Henry but special praise is given to the marvellous Kenny Williams who plays Cromwell with such enthusiasm and so has some of the more funnier lines.
This is up their as one of the best in the series.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Carry-On, 19 Mar. 2013
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Really good. One of the funniest of the carry-on films. I do like Barbara Windsor's remarks, especially when the King brings her to work for the Queen and she is introduced to her and she says "It's a great honour that you make me", or something like that. It's very funny. The King says "no, no, no, not like that".
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1.0 out of 5 stars It came very highly rated and I was very disappointed by it, 9 April 2015
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Fell asleep. Not unusual for me on Easter Sunday. but so did everyone else. It came very highly rated and I was very disappointed by it. There are better Carry On pictures if my memory serves me correctly
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4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best 1970's Carry On's, 18 April 2006
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Ian Phillips (Bolton, Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Following the mildly risque, Carry On Loving (1970) the gang retreated back into a historical theme for its next entry with Carry on Henry. Critics may well have had a point when they said the Carry On films always scored best with their period comedies.

The authentic feel of the film is made impressively accurate from the grand, elaborate sets and grand, lavish costumes which captures the feel of the era impeccably well. It also looks far more expensive than it actually was as the Carry On films were renowned for their cheap and cheerful shoestring budget.

This in no way attempts to be correct in its detail with the plot obviously completely fictionalised but is a fun parody of the myth about Henry VIII. Sid James is superb in the role, playing it masterfully and marks a subtle contrast between his own usually likeable, rogue-like womaniser to the evil, power mad Henry VIII who married several wives during his reign and had them savagly beheaded once their purpose had been served (in his eyes at least).

In this entry, Henry VIII marries Queen Marie of Normandy who is masterfully played by the lovely Joan Sims. Joan Sims is in possibly her greatest characterisation in a Carry On film and is given plenty of screen time. Her efforts to woo Sid James are often hilarious and her blatant forth-coming attitude is refreshingly amusing. Joan shares some great scenes with Sid James and Charles Hawtrey as well as one priceless scene of her desperately trying to seduce the irresponsive Kenneth Williams. Classic stuff!

However mid way through the film, the lovely Bertina arrives at one of the Kings dance. He catches Henry VIII's roving eyes who immediately becomes attracted to her. He tries invain to have his wife, Queen Of Normandy beheaded for constantly reeking of garlic but his efforts are much more complicated this time as she is cousin to the King Of France. Dertermined to woo Bertina and get rid of his garlic-gobbling wife, he hatches up a cunning plan.

Bertina is of course played by the bubbly Barbara Windsor. Revelations in the tabloids were shocking as Barbara (who was married to gangster, Ronnie Knight, a well-known associate of the infamous Kray twins who ruled Londons underworld in the 60's) admitted in the late 70's to having had a secret affair with Sid James (who was also married at the time) behind the scenes of the Carry On films, despite Sid being nearly twice her age. In Carry On Henry you can detect some of that sizzling chemistry between the two and its obvious that they had undoubted true affection for one another. They sparkle in every scene they share and always never fail to raise a smile and a good old laugh.

Kenneth Williams is in another excellent role here who is his typically pompous yet blatantly imcompentent figure of authority in the role of Thomas Cromwell. Sharing many scenes with him is Terry Scott as Cardinal Worsley who's simple, childlike innocence causes much amusement throughout the film.

The scrawny physique of the effeminate Charles Hawtrey always raises a smile and he is in a fantastic role here as the laughably titled Sir Roger de Lodgerley. The scenes where he is subjected to various methods of torture such as being stretched and locked away in a dark closet with several sharp knifes sticking into him are masterfully played by this stalwart of the series.

Another stalwart of the series, Kenneth Connor who had returned to the series after a lengthy absence, turns up in a small but effective cameo as Lord Hampton Of Wick who comes to question Henry VIII why the Queen Of Normandy is being held prisoner in the dreaded tower (where everyone was sent before they were beheaded).

Out of all the Carry On performers in one of the best of the 70's Carry On's, Sid James, Joan Sims and Barbara Windsor win hands down despite strong and effective support from Kenneth Williams, Terry Scott and Charles Hawtrey.

Much of the location shots were filmed at Windsor Great Park and Long Walk, Windsor, Berks.

An essential Carry On film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carry on Henry, 8 Jan. 2014
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Carry on Henry conforms with the established formula for these films, but they still amuse and entertain quite a lot of people, including me!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a saucy carry on, 22 Mar. 2007
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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carry on henry is another carry on set in the historical age and plunders at the reality that was the time of henry the 8th with his 6 wives,the film is a parody of course more than a like for like retelling of that era and the results are again brilliant.

Sid james plays henry of course,a man that has his eye forever on the lookout for another woman to better the one that he has,and when that happens then off with their heads,death is the option and its all handled in a camp and non offensive way,when sid finds a wife he likes in french princess,played by joan sims,all is good except she loves garlic and henry cants stand it,so they have problems there and with an army trying to bring henry down and his roayal advisors played with glee by terry scott,kenny connor and kenny williams who all lord it up to perfection,one footnote is that this is babs favourite carry on and she shines in it as the shy maiden who is soon to learn the ways of the world with king henry,the film is bawdy,that is a word i use with the majority of carry on reviews but its all true and never should be taken as a sign that the carry ons are adult,heaven forbid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars my son loves this, 8 Oct. 2013
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my son is a avid carry on fan i've nearly bought all of them now because the are very cheap and free delivery
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5.0 out of 5 stars great film, 17 Jan. 2015
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Bought for a carry on fanatics who loved it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 15 Oct. 2014
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always fun to watch on a rainy afternoon
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