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Entertaining Mr Sloane [VHS]

4.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews


Product details

  • Actors: Beryl Reid, Harry Andrews, Peter McEnery, Alan Webb, Charles Sinnickson
  • Directors: Douglas Hickox
  • Writers: Clive Exton, Joe Orton
  • Producers: Douglas Kentish
  • Format: VHS, CLV
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Aug. 1994
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIUX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,022 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Adaptation of the risqué play by Joe Orton. Kath (Beryl Reid) and Ed (Harry Andrews) are a lonely middle-aged brother and sister who live together. When Kath meets Mr Sloane (Peter McEnery) in a cemetery and falls for his charms, she invites him to become a lodger. Before long, Ed has fallen for Sloane's charms also and hires him to be his chauffeur, taking an unwholesome interest in Sloane's tight leather uniform. While Kath and Ed rival for Sloane's affections, their invalid father becomes increasingly convinced that he has some connection to an old unsolved murder. Trapped between the three of them, Sloane makes a shocking decision which has unexpected results.

Synopsis

An attractive young charmer by the name of Mr. Sloane weasels his way into the lives of a middle-aged brother and sister, while trying to disguise the truth about his unpleasant past. This black comedy is based on a work by Joe Orton, the taboo-tweaking British playwright who delighted in loading his dialogue with satirical insights and racy double entendres. Indeed, sexual tension drives the plot from the very beginning, when the lonely Kath (Beryl Reid) spots Mr. Sloane (Peter McEnery) in a cemetery and invites him to become a boarder. Despite the age difference, Sloane coyly plays along with her flirtations for his own benefit. Their fun seems over when Kath's brother Ed (Harry Andrews) shows up, but the prim and proper gentleman also takes a shine to Sloane, hiring him as his chauffeur and taking particular interest in the young man's tight leather uniform. Kath and Ed's elderly father, however, develops a strong hatred of Sloane, and accuses to him of being involved in an old, unsolved murder. Though the translation to the screen is somewhat uneven, the controversial elements of Orton's text are mostly preserved, and his gleefully amoral tone survives intact. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This must rate in the top 10 superb films to emerge from British film making. Arguably it features one of Beryl read's best ever performances. Filmed almost entirely on location (mainly at Camberwell cemetery) in London, it is very sharp and whitely written by the infamous playwright 'Joe Orton'. The plot line is actually quite sinister and sometimes a little disturbing. It basically revolves around the attention Mr Sloane (Peter McEnery) receives from the pair of eccentrics he accepts lodgings with - brother and sister Ed and Kath! This film is a must for any Beryl Read and Joe Orton fans.
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This is such a fun movie that I purchased an All Regions Blu-Ray player just to see it again (as it is not available in the US). I understand that Beryl Reid came out of retirement just to do this film, and she is just a Hoot ! Wearing nearly see-thru outfits and seducing young Mr Sloane, who happens to be camping out at the cemetary. Harry Andrews is true to form portraying a pseudo-aristrocrat closeted business man, who drives a gaudy hot pink caddy (I believe) covered in many extra chrome ornaments, and which bounces up and down, like a funny car, since it has no shocks, But dear Harry sees it as a fine luxury vehicle. Ed (Harry Andrews) likes young men especially dressed in leather. Mr Sloane (Peter McEnery) a street wise hustler decides to take advantage to them both. However, there is a delightful twist to the ending.
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Oh such a good story on DVD, I will watch this repeatedly. It arrived in good condition
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Revisiting my youth. Seriously funny.
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Funny as food!
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Beryl Reid is simply wonderful!
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The things Beryl Reid does here in the name of comedy are outrageous and courageous for an actress of any age let alone one in her late 50's early 60's. Joe Orton's tale is unapologetically saucy, farcical and at times extremely sinister - typical Orton really. Sloane wraps the ageing spinster and her closeted slightly younger brother round his nasty little finger just for a roof and some security. Playing their frustrations and lonliness like a violin, he manages to have his cake and eat it for a while but the old siblings eventually find a way to keep him under control (at the expense of the unfortunate grandad).

A good example of early 70's British film making that wasn't either a dodgy Carry On, sit-com spin off or even dodgier Hammer Horror effort. Worth a look and well played by Beryl, Harry Andrews and the irrepressible Peter McEnery.
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By A Customer on 21 Jun. 2005
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Not Sure. In & out of print on VHS for years, Sloane finally gets a much deserved DVD release. The picture seems much improved, crisper and sharper print than ever before and seems to have been cleaned up. Sound mix is mono but sounds average for it's type. The only problem I have with this is that the picture looks zoomed in, it is 16:9 but looks cropped at top and bottom, if it's been modified from 4:3 then I wish they'd just left it alone. The film itself is first class and does justice to Orton's text. Beryl Reid gives one of if not her best ever performance, the support cast are equally great. Benefits from repeated viewing.
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