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Laughterhouse [DVD] [1984]

4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Bill Owen, Ian Holm, Penelope Wilton, Richard Hope, Stephen Moore
  • Directors: Richard Eyre
  • Writers: Brian Glover
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Guerilla Films
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PG9FYC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,321 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

When farmer Ben Singleton (Ian Holm) faces a strike by the Transport and General Workers Union, he decides to walk his 500 plumped up gaggle of geese to the Christmas Smithfield Market in London, just as they did in medieval times. He persuades his wife (Penelope Wilton), daughter, and two loyal workers to undertake the one hundred-mile trek to the Capital which becomes fraught with peril and humour. However by the time Singleton is only halfway there, he has become a national hero, something he has neither sort nor desired, thanks to a film crew who are more content on telling their own story rather than the truth.

The screenplay by actor Brian Glover harks back affectionately to the Ealing Comedies of the 1940 and 50s with it s battle of the small man against the stupidity of the bureaucrats and the media.

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First saw this in the eighties and my VHS copy has been viewed over and over again every Christmas. It's become part of the annual ritual of things I have to watch. I'm so pleased it has finally been released on DVD -what took them so long! No wonder it is in the Forgotten Classics Collection, though to me it will always be "Singleton's Pluck". I've been a fan of Ian Holm's for years and working with his wife Penelope Wilton invariably brings out the best in him. They are both in top form, though his character is tough to like in the first 15 minutes or so. It's great to see Bill Owen again, though he seems to have borrowed some of Compo's wardrobe for this role. The goose drive not attempted since medieval times is treated in mock western fashion which is part of its charm. Can't wait to watch this once again.
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I have been waiting for 'Singleton Pluck' to be released on DVD and what a delight it is to see again. I lived in Norfolk and Suffolk and know the area well so it bought back many memories for me. It is a moving story with some excellent acting and the direction by Richard Eyre adds a real feel of what it was like at the time. The landscapes and the bleak Norfolk mornings come over well. It is one of those productions when television came up trumps with some real quality. A must for any DVD Collection giving the viewer a chance to see a filmed production that does not need any of the gimmicks so many films use now.
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This enjoyable film was shown on TV in the late 1980s under the name of "Singleton's Pluck" and although the picture on front of the DVD is in black & white, it's actually a colour film.
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I REMEMBER SEEING THIS WHEN FIRST AIRED ON BBC TV AND REALLY LIKED IT. HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR IT ON AND OFF FOR YEARS BUT HAD FORGOTTEN THE TITLE. I EVENTUALLY TRACKED IT DOWN VIA IAN HOLME'S FILMOGRAPHY AND WAS DELIGHTED TO FIND IT WAS NOW ON DVD. THE FILM'S TECHNICAL QUALITY IS OF IT'S ERA BUT IT'S THE STORYLINE AND THE ACTORS AND ACTRESSES THAT BREATHE LIFE INTO IT THAT COUNT. SUPERB!
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Having literally worn out the video tape of this film I recorded off the TV, in I would guess the late 1980s, I was thrilled to see it was now available on DVD. Whoever changed the title from the original title of 'Singleton's Pluck! to 'Laughterhouse' should be transported to some far island, where they can do no more harm! I love the film because it captures just so well the atmosphere of Norfolk/Suffolk, its people and its mid-winter charm. The acting is lovely, with down to earth performances from the entire cast. If you love East Anglia, you'll love this film.
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Have been trying to find this film for ages but didn't realise that the name had been changed. It brought back memories of the early eighties when this film was first shown on Channel 4 which had just been lauched onto our tv screens. Lots of laughs even though there was a serious side to the film and we be watching it again nearer Christmas. The "extra" short film 'Gooseberries Don't Dance' was casted by my old Drama teacher Michelle Guish which was a nice suprise.
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Very pleased with the dvd, and the service we received from the seller. This was a Channel 4 film originally and although not altogether a Chritmas Film, we always associated it with this time of year, and so it is a film we watch time and again.
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Average print, I can live with that but 4:3 is inexcusable. A widescreen version of this was shown on Channel 4 back in the 90's! One of my favorite films and this release is just a disappointment. A very lazy release. Avoid.
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