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The Ladykillers [DVD]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2012
I remember as a kid turning my nose up at this film and when given the choice of seeing this or some stupid 'X' rated film, being young, stupid and without taste, I chose the 'X'. Since then, I have enjoyed this film again and again. It is hilarious with wonderful acting. The old girl that plays Kathie is wonderful - this was her film debout! I remember a few years back going to Kings Cross and looking for the house - obvious removed in the name of progress! The storyline is wonderful with 'The Professor' being suitably creepy. Everyone is perfectly cast and they come together to produce a classic. If you do not know this film, I urge you to see it and join the fun. Forget the Tom Hanks watered down version.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2011
Great film,nice transfer to Blu-ray,though on this edition you only
get the Feature film,NO EXTRAS.
This is for the Standard Blu-ray case edition.

For extras you have to buy the previous release
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2012
How can I say it-a classic film that can never be bettered! It is a real classic British film that is a pleasure to watch time and time again! I am glad to say that this was received in record time and I was pleased to see it-when it is put on TV ,there is alot cut out to make way for adverts! Yuck! It ruins a good film!!
Thank You Amazon for always having what I want-quality films at a real good price! I am happy to get films from you and will continue to do so for a long time to come!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great old film. have seen it a few times on tv over the years and decided to buy it.Its a great sunday afternoon film. The plot centres around 5 gangsters who are trying to get away with stealing £60.000. They rent a room with a little old lady.and thats where the fun and games start. By involving her in their plan to bring the money to the house.Everything seems to be going well until as they leave the house one of the gangsters cello cases burst open and out flies some of the money.From then the gangsters realise that if there are less of them then each has a bigger stake!. a few bodies dumped into passing trains later and who will end up with the loot!
If you like old 50s films then this is a must have.always makes me chuckle
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2012
The Ladykillers [DVD]

Fantastic film. Not only boasting an all star cast providing impeccable comic timing and drama but a well written & directed film too.

Well packaged, the DVD comes with bonus features including 'Theatre Trailer' & 'On set' photos.

A true classic that is suitable and wholly recommended for the whole family. Even though it was made in 1955 it is in colour and stands up well against many more recent film releases.
Vastly superior in every way to the remake of 2004, No film collection is complete without it.

10/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2013
This film is a classic with Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers and Danny Green. The only thing that puzzles me is that Katie Johnson who plays the old lady in the film has no picture on the box and her name is in tiny print along with Jack Warner and Frankie Howard who had very small parts in the film. Katie Johnson plays the part brilliantly. She was very old at the time and died 2 years after the film was made. She is the one of the main characters in the film and it's strange that her name is not up with the other five actors. Nevertheless, this is a delight to watch.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 September 2005
I recently purchased The Horse's Mouth (1958) from Amazon as well as "The Alec Guinness Collection" which includes The Ladykillers (1955) plus four others: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Man in the White Suit (1951), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), and The Captain's Paradise (1953). Frankly, I was amazed how well each of the six films has held up since I first saw it.

For me, the most memorable performance in this film is provided by Katie Johnson as Mrs. Louisa Alexandra Wilberforce who rents a flat to Professor Marcus (Guinness) and his companions. The plot such as it is involves their theft of 60,000 pounds and subsequent efforts to remove it from a locker they have rented to store it temporarily. For about half of this film, brilliantly directed by Alexander Mackendrick (who also directed Guinness in The Man in the White Suit, 1951), Mrs. Wilberforce believes that Marcus and his friends are honest citizens and amateur musicians. When she learns that they are thieves, her first concern is not for her personal safety (which is never in doubt, anyway) but to return "the lolly" to its rightful owners. Complications include her elderly friends who appreciatively swarm around the Marcus group during a hilarious afternoon tea party. One development of special interest to me is the fact that, except for the psychopath Louis Harvey (Lom), the thieves do not want Mrs. Wilberforce harmed in any way and begin to feel protective toward her. This proves to be significant as the plot proceeds gracefully to a conclusion I did not anticipate.

Given the number of deaths which occur in this film, it seems inappropriate to describe it as "charming" and "delightful" but it is nonetheless. For that, I give most of the credit to the performance by Katie Johnson under Mackendrick's direction and with the strong support of Guinness who obviously defers to her prominence in so many important scenes. The supporting cast is first-rate. Yes, that really is a very young Peter Sellers in the role of Harry Robinson who is given relatively little to say and do. Danny Green is excellent as One Round, providing the muscle needed to complete the plan devised by the group's brain, Marcus.

For these and other reasons, this is my favorite among the five films in "The Alec Guinness Collection."
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on 6 January 2014
There's little to usefully add to the few reviews I've read here after watching the film again, other than to say that you also get a good scene where a young Frankie Howerd, playing a barrow-boy, interacts with a cart-horse intent on eating his fruit and veg, Mrs Wilberforce trying to stop him chastising the said horse and Mrs Wilberforce's umbrella with which she attempts to chastise Frankie Howard. Jack Warner (Dixon of Dock Green) plays the man in charge of the police station.

It's a magic British comedy which also features quite a few 1950's railway scenes of steam engines, including inside what appears to be Kings Cross station, which is a bonus for railway enthusiasts like me. In one scene you also see that there's a railway track within a couple of feet of what is presumably the back of Mrs Wilberforce's house. Only a wooden fence separates it from the house wall.

At the end of the street where her house is, you can see what appears to be (though it is somewhat blurred) "LNER" (London & North Eastern Railway prior to the formation of British Railways in 1948), again suggesting Kings Cross station (which the locomotives, carriages, lines and tunnels in other scenes confirm it is meant to be - Copenhagen tunnel being specifically featured. If it was indeed "LNER" and looking down a real street one wonders why as the film was shot in 1955, well into British Railways days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2014
This film has suspense, robbery, murder, and a lot of humour. A criminal gang set to stage a robbery and make the perfect get away, but they didn't count on Mrs Lop-sided!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I'm sorry but to call this film 'droll' is like saying that the Titanic was 'pretty big'. The cast of British comedy greats seen here would cause a lesser film to buckle with the weight of the egos, but Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom each pull their weight without wanting to hog centre stage too often. The farcical attempts by the crew of morally and emotionally messed up villains to remove the octogenarian witness to their bank raid, is exquisite, whilst the whimsical humour and pratfalls are well mixed to provide maximum laughs without being over the top. If you've seen the 'remake' starring the king of bland Tom Hanks, then see this - it's so superior it's not even in the same universe. If you've seen this and loved it then avoid the remake like the plague.
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