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The Green Man [DVD]
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Elijah Moshinsky directs this TV adaptation of the novel by Kingsley Amis. Maurice Allington (Albert Finney) is a promiscuous and alcoholic owner of the mysterious Green Man Inn. He keeps his guests entertained with far-fetched ghost stories, but he is in for a shock when he realises that his hotel is possessed by some very real other-worldly spirits. The cast also includes Philip Franks, Clement Freud and Josie Lawrence.
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It’s Finney’s performance that really makes this work. Within seconds of appearing you become convinced that no one else could better portray Maurice Allington who is: alcoholic to the point of it causing serious ill health issues, chaotic, and a terrible father, and yet still seems able to at least briefly pull every woman in sight.
In terms of plot this is fairly faithful to the book though it makes a good job in updating the setting from 1969 to 1990. The one change is that the book can be read that the whole thing might still possibly be all in Maurice’s alcohol addled mind but that slight ambiguity is swept away here.
There are no extras on the disk, but who needs them. Just go and read the original Kingsley Amis book now if you haven’t already…oh and do watch out for an Amis book appearing in Maurice’s bathroom.
However, the dark side of the ghostly visitation from a Dr. Underhill puts the sinister sexual gratification which he endulged in from bygone days under investigation in the modern world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Green Man (1990)
It's rather disheartening to think that it wasn't that long ago that quality TV programming was in abundance. Read more
A great series on BBC TV when I first saw back in 1990, this still has the same quality when viewed 25 years later. The book on which it is based by Kingsley Amis is just as good.Published 10 months ago by PM SHEPPARD
An excellent DVD and an excellent seller. Very quick delivery, many thanks.Published 17 months ago by Andrew Brown
The first two parts of this mini series are rather enjoyable and fairly whizz past as we are drawn into the world of Allington and his mid life crisis. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by D. Sedgwick
Bought it to replace my video version. A very 'English' understated ghost story, no blood & guts, very like the series of stories by MR James which the BBC produced years ago. Read morePublished on 10 July 2013 by Alan Mowat
This is a strange story, but Albert Finney is fantastic as usual; he is just so watchable. A most enjoyable watch.Published on 10 Mar. 2013 by R B PAGE