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on 19 January 2005
Unlike most films based on TV series, this one is actually better than the small-screen version. Anyone who bought the 4-DVD box set of the TV version will know that the jokes and plot are quite thinly spread across each episode. But for this film, writers Larbey and Esmonde took all the best bits from the TV episodes, and hung them off a plot in which form 5C go for two weeks to the country.
In its day, 'Please Sir' was as influential over actual schoolroom behaviour as 'Grange Hill'. 5C were a rowdy and disobedient class, quick to pick a fight with any neighbouring school. Dennis's Dad must have been one of the first parents to assault a teacher on UK TV.
The strength of 'Please Sir' came from the characterisation. John Alderton as the shy Hedges was a forerunner of Hugh Grant's part in 'Four Weddings'. Miss Ewell comes across as more likeable than I remember her. But the greatest characters are Frankie Abbott and Dennis Dunstable. The tough-talking but pathetic Abbott is a particularly brilliant creation.
This 1971 film is not, by today's standards, politically correct. There are elements of racism and the occasional religious slur. But the film never allows these prejudices to win through.
Above all else, this is a gentle, uplifting comedy, with a half-decent theme song sung by Cilla Black. A great memory of the the late 60s to early 70s transition period.
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on 28 February 2014
Lets get something straight right away - this wonderful series/movie will be remembered most fondly for those of a certain age during the period of 1968-72 - it probably passed by those too old at the time and those too young to remember will not share the same nostalgic reminisces of this magical show and time period - (and i cant help but feel a bit sorry for them for that) For those of us at the right age, im sure you will agree that Its very hard to watch this film without feeling hopelessly nostalgic and romantic for a time period long gone which we all feel im sure was just about the best era to be growing up in - so in evaluating this fiim - im going to try and leave all the sentiment and nostalgia behind and look at this perspectivly, nearly 45 years down the line

so what do we have? well, like the headline reads - an absolutely perfect comedy. An incredibly rich cast of diverse characters, top-notch acting and extremely clever and witty - laugh out loud at times - dialogue. This film has absolutely everything you could hope for in a comedy - not a second is wasted and the timing is just impeccable. It beggars belief how people like john alderton and indeed the whole cast could have spent the rest of their careers in virtual obscurity. This is a warm, gentle and brilliantly concieved movie from beginning to end. Because of the certain age i am though it does fill me with a sense of sadness at how many years have gone by and how the majority of the cast are no longer with us. This film is a magic and defining moment in british film history. Do i make myself clear? good!
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on 16 August 2013
Almost faultless script and inspired performances make this film a joy from start to finish, and its depiction of 70s working-class Britain is fearless and accurate.

An unruly class from a 70s comp gets to go to camp thanks to its idealistic young teacher, Bernard Hedges (outstanding John Alderton). Unfortunately, the girl he likes thinks he's a racist because of a mischievous black pupil ('Double-Deckers' Brinsley Forde) and he's being pursued by a heavy-breathing Patsy Rowlands, while the dragon-lady senior teacher (Joan Sanderson, a tour de force of articulate, withering scorn) is just waiting for the kids to screw up, and worst of all are the teenage louts themselves (all looking suspiciously adult!), who live up to their awful rep when faced with sharing camp with kids from a posh school. Also, unbeknownst to Mr Hedges, one of the kids is there without the permission or knowledge of his brutal, illiterate father.

Joys include the raucous rendition of 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' at assembly, Hedges's bleeding-heart plea for 'his' kids, while Sanderson rolls her eyes, Hedges trapped in a gypsy caravan with a cursing old gipsy-woman ("You'll die be [sic] drownin' ,you will, and bear no children!"), wonderful Deryck Guyler as the ex-military buffoon caretaker, and the daft old teacher chundering on about what he once did with 'Nanny's reticule'. But there is so much more. It's a great ensemble cast. See a very small Todd Carty from EastEnders wet his pants! Even the very end credits provide a laugh, with Feisal's (Aziz Resham) insane dancing. Every scene hangs together nicely and feeds into the story properly.

It's straight-up funny, but there's also a great warmth about it is.

Yes, the kids are a nightmare, from weird Mummy's-Boy Frankie (he'd grow up to be a serial-killer in real life) to precocious wide-boy Craven, but they care about each other, Mr Hedges cares about them and they about him, so you end up caring for them all. You want poor Den to get to spend his life in the country, caring for animals, you want Eric and Carol to get married and get their own council home and you want the Number 3 dog to come in for Craven!
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on 28 July 2004
good to see a good sitcom finally released on dvd it has 11 episodes which all entertaining and has a strong cast with John Alderton and particularly Deryck Guyler has the caretaker.
They not botherd remastering the epiodes in any way but is still pretty good the only disappointment is that disc 5 has only 2 episodes whilst the other disks have 3.
the episodes are:
They Off
Common Law
Panlal Passes By
The Sporting Life
Normans Conquest
X certificate
The Descent Thing
The Generation Gap
The School Captain
Out Of The Frying Pan
Mixed Doubles ( My faviourte episodes)
I can not wait for the movie to released on dvd
There are some guest apperances like Geoffrey Huges
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on 19 January 2005
Unlike most films based on TV series, this one is actually better than the small-screen version. Anyone who bought the 4-DVD box set of the TV version will know that the jokes and plot are quite thinly spread across each episode. But for this film, writers Larbey and Esmonde took all the best bits from the TV episodes, and hung them off a plot in which form 5C go for two weeks to the country.
In its day, 'Please Sir' was as influential over actual schoolroom behaviour as 'Grange Hill'. 5C were a rowdy and disobedient class, quick to pick a fight with any neighbouring school. Dennis's Dad must have been one of the first parents to assault a teacher on UK TV.
The strength of 'Please Sir' came from the characterisation. John Alderton as the shy Hedges was a forerunner of Hugh Grant's part in 'Four Weddings'. Miss Ewell comes across as more likeable than I remember her. But the greatest characters are Frankie Abbott and Dennis Dunstable. The tough-talking but pathetic Abbott is a particularly brilliant creation.
This 1971 film is not, by today's standards, politically correct. There are elements of racism and the occasional religious slur. But the film never allows these prejudices to win through.
Above all else, this is a gentle, uplifting comedy, with a half-decent theme song sung by Cilla Black. A great memory of the the late 60s to early 70s transition period.
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on 17 July 2012
I'm really pleased to finally get this on dvd. A real trip down memory lane here and a film which made the hop from tv to cinema very successfully. With laughs aplenty and brilliant performances from a stellar cast lead by the wonderful John Alderton as 'privet' Hedges taking 5c on a summer camp. A great film which always cheers me up. Life seemed a lot simpler in those days. Highly recommended and a fantastic price from amazon.
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on 3 January 2015
This is a great series of early 70s TV humour, not soured by the current fad for political correctness. It appears that many of the reviews are not actually about the full box set. The first 6 discs are superb featuring the well known and remembered cast and 5C, led by the bumbling but lovable Bernard Hedges (John Alderton) with Derrick Guyler as Potter etc etc. The second set of discs is a little different. Starting well with the familiar crew, the class inevitably move on and are replaced with a new bunch. Bernard Hedges, now married, also moves on and there is also a change in writers. That is the point when, in my opinion, the entire thing should have been scrapped. The new line up is just not up to scratch (I notice that none of the new crew are credited on the box). The film is also included which is a bonus. If you long for the good old fashioned family comedy that is clean (albeit non PC) this is a good bet.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 March 2011
This is one of the best sitcom conversions to the big screen, and unlike some others of the same genre, it never feels padded out to fill the extra screen time.

Of course, what helps greatly here is the strong and well-defined characters. For example, Peter Bayliss is great fun as Dennis Dunstable's awful father, but everyone is on top form here, including Deryck Guyler as the caretaker who continually fawns around the headmaster, plus tough guy mummy's boy Frankie Abbott, who is fussed over by his over-protective mother.

The story sees the pupils of 5C reluctantly allowed to attend a holiday camp in the country, and our heroes immediately go to war with pupils from another school. There's plenty of funny situations along the way which keeps the movie moving along nicely, so it's never allowed to sag. A great laugh and essential viewing for vintage sitcom addicts.

Picture quality is good, with English subtitles.
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on 12 April 2014
The 70s introduced us to some great Comedy series and Please Sir ! is one of the best . I thought both series and film gave us some great laughs and believe some Schools around the country were true of Fennstreet pupils and had a teacher like Mr Hedges.
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on 25 January 2016
Not long got this DVD back to have seen it on TV a few times in the past. If you like the TV series of please Sir then I think you would like this movie version of please serve as well. As it is something you will probably enjoy.
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