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The Million Pound Note ( Man With a Million ) ( The 1,000,000 Pound Note )

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Joyce Grenfell, Maurice Denham, Bryan Forbes, Wilfrid Hyde-White
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Producers: The Million Pound Note ( Man With a Million ) ( The 1,000,000 Pound Note ), The Million Pound Note, Man With a Million, The 1,000,000 Pound Note
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 91.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DSCFRY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,610 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spain released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Released in the US as Man With a Million, The Million Pound Note is a satisfying adaptation of a satirical short story by Mark Twain. Gregory Peck plays Henry Adams, an impecunious American living by his wits in London. Henry becomes the object of a wager between millionaire brothers Oliver and Roderick Montpelier (Ronald Squire and Wilfred Hyde-White), who want to find out if a man with a million pound note in his bank account could live comfortably for one month on the strength of that note--without ever spending a penny of it. When Henry is given the note and lets it be known that he has it, every courtesy imaginable is extended to him by hoteliers, restauranteurs, etc. Trouble brews when Henry uses the note's reputation to speculate on the stock market. When his creditors demand that he produce the note as an act of faith, Henry is unable to do so, whereupon pandemonium reigns--and the audience's laughter cascades.

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Likewise I'm very surprised there aren't more reviews for this film. It's an excellent 1950s comedy - very funny, with a witty and well-written script. I first came across it in a review by Pauline Kael. She rated it very highly and I waited years to see it. If you're a fan of classic comedy - Ealings and the like - do make the effort to get hold of a copy.
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I caught this on TV a couple of years ago by chance. A wonderful story about whether we habitually judge people by their relative status and wealth, or not! Peck is marvellously unassuming in the role as his character experiences the fawning interest provoked by the million pound note, and the fast-moving consequences of the assumptions made by London society. Of course this film could have been set in any large city in the world, but London seems curiously apt in the light of the recent banking crisis. Apart from the fact that it is very entertaining this film provokes some interesting questions about the way in which we (all) treat others, and regard the rich as somehow superior to ourselves because they have money. This film has really stood the test of time and is well worth seeing.
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As my Mother used to say: "They don't make them like this anymore". For sheer entertainment value,'The Million Pound Note' scores all along the line. The story line never flags. The actors seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves-even Gregory Peck who always seemed to me to be more than somewhat dour-and this comes across so much that the film seems to burst with enjoyment. I recommend this DVD to anyone who just wants to escape (albeit briefly) from the everyday stresses and strains.
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This is a heart-warming, lovely story and a perfect afternoon movie for the whole family. Gregory Peck, who plays the main character, is just amazing (and oh so handsome) and the two millionaire rascals will make you think of the duo from Trading Places (obviously). The second half of the movie is a tad weaker than the first one and Peck's love interest is slightly dull and just not sharp and gorgeous enough for him (also acting-wise) but I can live with that. A really lovely film.
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Not unrestrained satire, but a well observed, literate and written observation of the British class system with many excellent performances by the mostly British cast. Gregory Peck was never particularly known for comedy, but does well here and that glorious 1950's lavish full colour brings out the most from the female cast's dresses.
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I'm amazed no other reviews but perhaps this is because the movie is pretty old now. I saw it many years ago and thought it simply brilliant. I'd say not to be missed, especially if you like Gregory Peck as I do.
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Also known as Man With A Million, The Million Pound Note is based on a short story by Mark Twain called "The Million Pound Bank Note". It's directed by Ronald Neame {The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie/The Poseidon Adventure } and stars Gregory Peck {To Kill A Mockingbird/Cape Fear}, Ronald Squire, Joyce Grenfell, Jane Griffiths & Reginald Beckwith .

It's Edwardian England and American seaman Henry Adams ( Peck) is stranded and down on his luck. That is until he becomes embroiled in an unusual wager between two wealthy, eccentric brothers, Oliver (Ronald Squire) and Roderick Montpelier (Wilfrid Hyde-White). Giving him an envelope, they tell him that it contains some money but that he must not open it till 14.00. Thinking they are crack pots he goes along with it anyway, and much to his amazement the envelope contains a one million pound note (£1,000,000). It transpires that Oliver believes that the mere existence of the note will enable Adams to obtain whatever he needs without spending a penny, while Roderick contends that it would actually have to be spent for it to be of any use. Hence the bet is on and a promise of a job for Henry if he can go for a month without breaking into the note.

Chirpy yet astutely cynical is The Million Pound Note. The laughs come courtesy of the ridiculous way that people react to money and those that have plenty of it. As Henry {a wonderfully cast Peck} moves from penniless bum to upstanding wealthy gentleman, without spending anything, the moral of the story is blatantly obvious. Very much a forerunner to the Eddie Murphy starrer Trading Places in 1983, it also has similarities with Twain's own The Prince And The Pauper, themes that always produce interesting results as regards the human condition.
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The Million Pound Banknote is a delightful Mark Twain story of an innovative American who got stranded in London without any money. I would have given it five stars if the finer nuances of the original stiry had come out better in the film version.
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