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Scoop [DVD] [1986]

3.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Denholm Elliott, Michael Hordern, Michael Maloney, Herbert Lom, Jack Shepherd
  • Directors: Gavin Millar
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 13 July 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BD9DMA
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ITV adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh novel. William Boot (Michael Maloney) is a junior hack who writes a weekly newspaper column about British rural life from his family estate. When he is mistaken for a war correspondent by befuddled sub-editor Mr Salter (Denholm Elliot), he is sent to the suspected frontline in the mysterious location of Ishmaelia. Along the way he meets an elusive man of mystery (Herbert Lom), a beautiful German blonde (Renee Soutendijk), an insane Swede (Sverre Anker Ousdal) and various other strange characters. However, nobody seems to be able to tell him the exact whereabouts of the war he is supposed to be covering.

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This classic tale is well acted and produced. It makes for highly enjoyable viewing on these terms. The story itself is just a little contrived, and even the superb cast have difficulty sustaining the narrative. Nevertheless, it is worth buying for its eccentricity and for the cast.
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wonderful cast , and rarely does a film come up to the book but this certainly did and made us laugh a lot , very enjoyable
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This film follows Evelyn Waugh's book's story line well and is excellently cast and acted. Very good period stuff I thought
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This version is the one for purists. It is true to the original in both dialogue and settings. Extremely funny at times, with great performances by all the cast. It really brings the book to life.
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This 1987 television film illustrates, not the first time, the difficulty of translating the sharply satirical - and essentially literary - style of Evelyn Waugh into a visual medium. What often lies so effectively on the printed page can lose some impact off it. That said, this is a decent version of Waugh's satire on Fleet Street and the cut-throat competition for 'hot news' (whether true or false) waged by the world's press. Michael Maloney is ideal as the mild-mannered nature columnist William Boot, who is mistakenly sent by the London Daily Beast (proprietor Lord Copper) to cover 'a promising little war' in the ramshackle East African state of Ishmaelia. There is excellent support from a cast which includes Donald Pleasence, Michael Hordern, Denholm Elliott and Herbert Lom. Good production values (with extensive location shooting in Morocco) but a crisper tempo would have been necessary to warrant a higher rating. A brave try, nonetheless.
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Britain at its best. Waugh's story as played by the best British actors there are. TV movie handled with class, a definite must watch for fans of Pleasence (a wonderful role here as the head of a newspaper) or classic 20th century British literature lovers.
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The producer of this tele-movie adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's satire on the press, the usually-reliable Sue Birtwistle, has assembled a name cast and spent dollops of ITV money on props and locations, but none of it can make this lame duck fly. It is so bad, so tedious, you almost expect it to come to a creaking halt at any moment and for the cast to troop off for a smoke. William Boyd's screenplay - and he is a name novelist himself - manages to turn satire into something nearer documentary, as it goes in search of laughs without a clue where to find them. There is a place called Laku in this story which does not exist - the word means "I don't know" in the local language. This whole production is the Laku of 1980s British television and should be consigned to the dust heap. As if it matters, the DVD offers no extras, no subtitles... and costs double the price of any number of worthwhile video products. Be warned.
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