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This review is from: Carry On Up The Khyber [DVD] (DVD)
director of the carry ons gerald thomas and producer peter rogers have stated that this is their favourite carry on,the british film institute ranks this film as number 99 of the top 100 british films and most people will rate this as a brilliant film in any walk of life so the fact that its a carry on film may surprise some but the fact remains this whether as a one off film or as part of the series,carry on up the khyber is a classic.
released in 1968,the films theme centres on britains colonisation of india in the 19th century,sid james plays a british governer in the province of khalabar,the british army keep the country from peace and life is grand for sid especially,his enemy is kenny williams who plays a burpa chief who resents the english rule,when an opportunity arises for the burpas to seize the country back then they take their chance but sid along with his army,whom include roy castle,terry scott,charles hawtrey and tour guide peter butterworth try and find a way to show that they are the real leaders of the country.
The film is an example of the notion of the stiff upper lip belief in england of the time when war cant weaken the brave english,the dinner table scene is priceless and is an example of that notion,the film has been deemed racist in some quarters but i would be hard pressed to believe that was the intention,carry on up the khyber is a real classic in the carry on series and a real classic film on its own legs as well.