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Passport To Pimlico [DVD] [1949]

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  • Actors: Stanley Holloway, Basil Radford, Hermione Baddeley, Paul Dupuis, John Slater
  • Directors: Henry Cornelius
  • Producers: Michael Balcon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007EBZZFS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,699 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Ealing Studios classic now digitally restored!

"Loveably dotty, while still smartly caustic... the Ealing ethos at its very best" **** Empire

Ealing Studios' output from the 1940s and 1950s helped define what was arguably the golden age for British cinema. Written by Ealing regular T.E.B. Clarke, Passport to Pimlico was nominated
by BAFTA in the Best British Film category and stars Stanley Holloway, Hermione Baddeley, Margaret Rutherford and Paul Dupuis.

When an unexploded WWII bomb is unexpectedly detonated in Pimlico, it reveals a buried cellar full of treasures, including an ancient document proving that the area is in fact part of Burgundy, France and thus foreign territory. In an attempt to regain control, the British Government set up borders and cut off all services to the area, but the ‘Burgundians' are determined to fight back!


Special Features:

• Interview with BFI Curator Mark Duguid
• Locations Featurette with Film Historian Richard Dacre
• Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery • Restoration Comparison
• Restored Trailer

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On a stifling hot afternoon in Miramont Place, Pimlico, an unexploded bomb is accidentaly exploded, revealing a hidden treasure trove, a painting and some mysterious documents. When the documents are translated by Professor Hatton-Jones of London University (Margaret Rutherford)the inhabitants of Miramont Place learnt to their astonishment that they live on land that belongs to the Duchy of Burgundy, granted to the Duke by Edward IV, and that they are technically Burgundians. At first they have a wonderful time being Burgundians, tearing up their ration books, burning their identity cards, and ignoring the licensing and betting laws, but trouble starts when black market traders start to flood into the area. Shopkeeper Stanley Holloway forms a governing comittee, which includes another local shopkeeper, delightful Hermione Baddley ,and the present holder of the title of Duke of Burgundy,a charming young Frenchman, turns up to claim his dukedom and court Stanley Holloway's daughter. Frustrated by the lack of cooperation in Whitehall, the Burgundians stop the underground trains that pass beneath Miramont Place, and make the passengers go through customs., "The Burgundians are a fighting people" as Margaret Rutherford triumphantly remarks "Consider what they did against the might of Louis XI!" Then Whitehall decides to close the border, and things get really tough for the Burgundians, with dwindling food and water, but they are determined to fight on and not be crushed by bureaucracy. This is an absolutely wonderful film, a brilliant and hilarious plot, wonderful comic performances, with Margaret Rutherford outstanding, and, unlike many of the later Ealing comedies, a cheerful and upbeat ending. By far and away my favourite British comedy.
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A few years back, I bought a VHS copy of Passport to Pimlico at a local bargain store, where it sold for a mere two dollars. The quality wasn't great but the movie was. I had seen it once before as a youngster, and was just as entertained by the ingenuity of the plot and the superb acting on my second viewing. This movie is not available on DVD in the US, which is a shame. It's a shame because a vast audience of Americans can't view this excellent British comedy which ranks up there with The Man in the White Suit, and The Lavender Hill Mob. Let's hope that if it does appear, it won't be re-made into something as tawdry as the recent Ladykillers, with Tom Hanks. This pathetic Hollywood re-make destroyed the charm and wit of the original 1956 movie, IMHO, and I would hate to see that happen to Passport to Pimlico. Why can't they leave the classics alone?
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"Passport to Pimlico" is a quaint, almost absurd , Ealing comedy set in post-WW2 London, still enduring rationing and still living amidst the ruined homes and factories of the Blitz. Against a background of a heatwave and UXB's , a treasure trove is uncovered in a cellar in Pimlico alongside a document which is a 15th Century Royal Charter proclaiming that the area in which the treasure was found is actually the property of the erstwhile Duke of Burgundy from France. This technicality leads to a farcical series of events as Pimlico declares itself independent after the British Crown claims their treasure trove. This is a likeable film, original,witty and quintessentially British and it provides an interesting social and cultural snapshot of post-War Britain. It is equally fascinating that 55 years after it was released ,the London (and Britain) of "Passport to Pimlico" is utterly unrecognisable and alien, which is a measure of the rapidity and intensity of social,economic and cultural change that has taken place since then.
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Post-war London - a place of bomb sites, ration books, licensing laws and to cap it all, it's a sweltering summer. Kids playing on a bomb site accidentally set off an unexploded bomb, uncovering an ancient treasure that indicates that the area is part of Burgundy. The locals are quick to take advantage of the situation and create a ration-free state, but things start to get very complicated! A rather surreal, but inventive film which, in post-war Britain (still under rationing) would have been welcomed like a breath of fresh air. A great cast, including Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford, and a young Charles Hawtrey. One of Ealing's most popular films, it drags a bit in parts. However, the story is irresistible.
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This film is an absolute classic and, as a wonderful example of Ealing comedy at its best, there is nothing to add to the positive - five star - reviews already posted.

This DVD version, however, comes with no insert of any kind. The box gives us the title of the film and a skeletal list of the principal actors, nothing more. No subtitles, no extras, no notes, no other information.

The most disappointing of all is the sound-track. Fuzzy and indistinct for much of the time, it takes one back to the flea-pit cinemas of the '50s or to a screening in the village hall.

What a shame.
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When a WWII bomb goes off in a post-War London neighbourhood, the residents discover not only treasure but that the area is actually part of the Duchy of Burgundy and not in the UK.

The results are hilarious. The characters are brilliant. So very Ealing and so very British. For me the best British film ever!
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