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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Enough Caper
This is one of those amusing little British Sixties crime comedies along the lines of Two Way Stretch and The Wrong Arm of the Law in which the criminals and the law are equally inept. It was a product of the usually reliable Boulting Brothers and was clearly intended as a vehicle for Peter Sellers who had, by this time, gone Hollywood. A very young looking Anton Rodgers...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just rotten.
Where to begin with this witless farrago? The original title was Rotten to the Corps, clearly considered too sophisticated, but the eventual choice just about sums it up. The Boultings were not the first people to try to make a Peter Sellers film without Sellers (The Mouse in the Moon got there first) and they were not the last (viz Blake Edwards), but it is difficult to...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Enough Caper, 24 May 2014
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This is one of those amusing little British Sixties crime comedies along the lines of Two Way Stretch and The Wrong Arm of the Law in which the criminals and the law are equally inept. It was a product of the usually reliable Boulting Brothers and was clearly intended as a vehicle for Peter Sellers who had, by this time, gone Hollywood. A very young looking Anton Rodgers tries his best but few had the flair for dressing up in disguises and using funny voices that Sellers had. Fortunately, the film is carried by a more than capable and experienced supporting cast including Kenneth Griffith and Dudley Sutton. Eric Sykes is especially amusing as a flatfoot turned private eye but he is strangely given very little to do in the second half of the film. The luscious Charlotte Rampling is the obligatory dolly bird, always looking gorgeous even though her voice was apparently dubbed.

Turn the sound off or fast forward through the opening titles to avoid one of the absolute worst theme songs of all time. After that, the film chugs along at a nice pace with no real surprises and producing lots of smiles rather than belly laughs. The movie was, of course, filmed in black and white which will no doubt disappoint younger viewers but comedies such as this would actually have suffered from being made in colour. There was an old Hollywood maxim about colour slowing down comedies and they were right.

The picture and sound are sharp and clean and the film is presented in a widescreen ratio. As usual with Network releases, there are no subtitles or extras and the DVD comes in a slimline box. If nothing else, Rotten to the Core is an enjoyable diversion for a rainy Saturday afternoon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just rotten., 12 Feb. 2015
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Where to begin with this witless farrago? The original title was Rotten to the Corps, clearly considered too sophisticated, but the eventual choice just about sums it up. The Boultings were not the first people to try to make a Peter Sellers film without Sellers (The Mouse in the Moon got there first) and they were not the last (viz Blake Edwards), but it is difficult to see how anybody thought that this mish mash of Too Many Crooks, Two Way Stretch and The Wrong Arm of the Law was a good idea. As Messrs. Warren and Heath also wrote Stretch and Wrong Arm at least they were rehashing their own work. Here, instead of Peter Sellers' Pearly Gates we get Anton Rodgers' "The Duke" (John Wayne would have been more interesting casting). Rodgers was always an acquired taste, even at the height of his career, here he is simply inept. The Nanette Newman role goes to Charlotte Rampling, whose name suggests naughty goings on under the bed clothes, but here she looks as if she has wandered in from a different movie. Eric Sykes is parachuted in on the back of his TV success, but has a role which is entirely superfluous and sometimes offensive. Ian Bannen is to comedy what Arthur Mullard was to ballet and makes no impression at all. The great joy of those earlier films was the roll call of British comedy talent in almost every role, however small. Here we have only Kenneth Griffith, always better suited to slightly more sophisticated fare like Only Two Can Play and looking as though he wished he were somewhere else, the ubiquitous Raymond Huntley and the always tedious Thorley Walters. One longs for Sid James, Bernard Cribbens, David Lodge, Irene Handl, Terry-Thomas, Robert Morley etc etc. Speaking of Cribbens, who so memorably portrayed Nervous O'Toole in Wrong Arm of the Law, here we have what is presumably a distant cousin (very distant) named Anxious O'Toole. Victor Maddern draws the short straw here, getting possibly his only solus screen credit in his career, unwisely attempting an Irish accent and seemingly yearning for his "Dick Green Dock" days. The film is drearily photographed in black and white and (unnecessary) Panavision by the great Frederick A. Young, here slumming it as Freddie Young. His next job would also be in Panavision, but it was called Doctor Zhivago and would earn him an Academy Award. 1965, with the swinging sixties reaching boiling point was a bit late for this kind of caper comedy (the Carry On team just about got away with it with The Big Job) and it is difficult to imagine that they were queueing down Coventry Street when this opened at the Rialto on July 22nd 1965. At the end of August it went on general release on the ABC circuit, following the smash hit Operation Crossbow, so getting a lot of trailer exposure. The Big Job followed three weeks later. You need to be in a very generous mood to give this effort your time, maybe a wet Sunday afternoon after a good lunch and several glasses of wine, but it is mainly of interest as an example of how not to do it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Fruit's Passed Its Sell-By Date, 21 Oct. 2014
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This is a somewhat dissatisfying film, with the Boulting Brothers' previously-high standards in scripting and directing slipping badly.

Once you get the thought into your head that this was to be a follow-on of sorts from 'Two-Way Stretch' and 'The Wrong Arm Of The Law' (and there are enough indications; 'Jelly Knight' was one of Sellers' stooges in 'Two-Way Stretch', for example), it's nigh-impossible to shake out the idea of Peter Sellers in the Anton Rodgers role and Lionel Jeffries taking Ian Bannen's. Consequently, no matter how good Rodgers and Bannen play their characters, one is constantly wondering how Sellers and Jeffries would have interpreted them - and this mind game is extremely distracting!

Despite the presence of great comedy character actors - Thorley Walters and Kenneth Griffith are always quality performers, Avis Bunnage is pretty fab and Eric Sykes steals every scene - the script is sorely lacking in character, comic invention, wit and pace. The Boulting Brothers' satiric claws - so sharp in 'I'm All Right, Jack' and 'Heaven's Above' - are here blunt and ineffectual, I'm sorry to report.

It's a pleasant 90 minutes - something to help pass a rainy afternoon - but no more than that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Passable, 13 Mar. 2015
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It was an ok movie but it seemed a cheap follow up to crooks in cloisters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Feb. 2015
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Enjoyed the film found it very funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 16 April 2015
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Amusing British farce
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 11 Feb. 2015
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Aug. 2014
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Excellent A+++
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 26 Oct. 2014
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Bought as a present as my dad had a walk on part :-)
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good packaging and very fast delivery, 8 Sept. 2014
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Item as described. Good packaging and very fast delivery. 10/10.
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