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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
i liked this , not because it made me jump out my skin but simply because it's an atmospheric little piece which is well acted and watchable. what ever happened to the lead actor mark farmer ?
Published 21 months ago by DAVE MILLER

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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
I was really looking forward to watching this, but it bored me silly, easily the worse film Ive ever watched!!
Published 19 months ago by S Perchy


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun, 24 Mar 2013
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i liked this , not because it made me jump out my skin but simply because it's an atmospheric little piece which is well acted and watchable. what ever happened to the lead actor mark farmer ?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Chip Off the Old Block!, 12 Feb 2013
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mister Corbett's Ghost [DVD] (DVD)
When you come to make a film it is always handy to have a father who is a giant in the business, and who unsurprisingly had a lot of contacts. Danny Huston's father John Huston was of course one of the true film directing greats. He got his directorial start with "The Maltese Falcon", in which his own father, the great actor Walter Huston played an uncredited role. No surprise then that he wanted to do likewise for his son Danny on his directorial debut. That acting great Paul Scofield jumped at the opportunity to work with Huston snr who also talked his long time friend, the great American stage actor Burgess Meredith to make a brief but memorable cameo. Danny's mother Zoe Sallis then managed to get financing for this TV movie from no less a figure than Paul Getty who was not short of a bob or two. Then hey presto you have a movie.

I was interested to see the movie mainly because it was John Huston's last appearance. He sadly died not long after shooting was completed. The film turned out to be a surprisingly sympathetic adaption of Leon Garfield's Dickensian style book of the same name. It manages to pick up the dark flavour of Garfield's distinctive period work. Set in a small town in 1767 on New Years Eve, it tells the story of a young apothecaries apprentice who wishes his Scroogelike master dead. Be careful what you wish for! Things get rather awkward for our young man and those old old themes of good and bad are explored once again, and to good effect.

The film is worth watching for the heavyweight actors alone. Scofield was never less than brilliant, Meredith illuminated proceedings all too briefly and John Huston showed what a talent he was in front of the camera as well as behind it. Alexei Sayle and Jools Holland also appeared to give it some modern street cred. It is well scripted using the colourful vernacular of the time. The film uses a strong moral theme and has a satisfying conclusion. There are obvious similarities to "A Christmas Carol", but it is an entertaining and refreshing take on that. Not a bad note for Huston playing the 'Collector of souls' to end on. Danny commented that it was a perfect piece of typecasting for him! Thanks kiddo! The making of featurette is also well worth viewing. It provides a good insight into the perils of financing a film. The film is short at just under one hour, but is highly entertaining for that running time. Danny Huston spends more time acting these days which is a pity given the promise he showed in this film. A chip off the old block!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wee bit dated but a good rainy evening view, 7 May 2013
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Paul Schofield as always is excellent and this film is worth watching, but don't expect to be challenged or terrified! Its a nice comfortable rainy afternoon on the sofa type film
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very true to Garfield, 8 Jan 2013
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Like always I recommend you try to read the book first, but this TV version stays true and has the right atmosphere for a cold New Year Eve. It's well acted and, in my opinion, is just the right length. I can watch it again .. and again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Chip Off the Old Block., 24 Mar 2013
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mister Corbett's Ghost [DVD] (DVD)
When you come to make a film it is always handy to have a father who is a giant in the business, and who unsurprisingly had a lot of contacts. Danny Huston's father John Huston was of course one of the true film directing greats. He got his directorial start with "The Maltese Falcon", in which his own father, the great actor Walter Huston played an uncredited role. No surprise then that he wanted to do likewise for his son Danny on his directorial debut. That acting great Paul Scofield jumped at the opportunity to work with Huston snr who also talked his long time friend, the great American stage actor Burgess Meredith to make a brief but memorable cameo. Danny's mother Zoe Sallis then managed to get financing for this TV movie from no less a figure than Paul Getty who was not short of a bob or two. Then hey presto you have a movie.

I was interested to see the movie mainly because it was John Huston's last appearance. He sadly died not long after shooting was completed. The film turned out to be a surprisingly sympathetic adaption of Leon Garfield's Dickensian style book of the same name. It manages to pick up the dark flavour of Garfield's distinctive period work. Set in a small town in 1767 on New Years Eve, it tells the story of a young apothecaries apprentice who wishes his Scroogelike master dead. Be careful what you wish for! Things get rather awkward for our young man and those old old themes of good and bad are explored once again, and to good effect.

The film is worth watching for the heavyweight actors alone. Scofield was never less than brilliant, Meredith illuminated proceedings all too briefly and John Huston showed what a talent he was in front of the camera as well as behind it. Alexei Sayle and Jools Holland also appeared to give it some modern street cred. It is well scripted using the colourful vernacular of the time. The film uses a strong moral theme and has a satisfying conclusion. There are obvious similarities to "A Christmas Carol", but it is an entertaining and refreshing take on that. Not a bad note for Huston playing the 'Collector of souls' to end on. Danny commented that it was a perfect piece of typecasting for him! Thanks kiddo! The making of featurette is also well worth viewing. It provides a good insight into the perils of financing a film. The film is short at just under one hour, but is highly entertaining for that running time. Danny Huston spends more time acting these days which is a pity given the promise he showed in this film. A chip off the old block!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars See my comments above, 18 Nov 2013
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I have already commented on another's review.

It's been over 15 years since I've seen this. I remember it being rather reminiscent of Dickens but strange in it's cast as there are American's, stage actors and any old UK comedian available at the time.

It's still well worth a view, it's not very long, not much longer than an hour IIRC.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mister Corbett's Ghost, 22 Dec 2012
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i saw this on tv when it was first on in 88 and loved the book as well it a great ghost story
well worth a watch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Aug 2014
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Brilliant lol.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Nov 2014
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eager to watch this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, 1 May 2013
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I was really looking forward to watching this, but it bored me silly, easily the worse film Ive ever watched!!
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