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Vice Versa  [DVD]
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Classic body swap comedy, based on the Victorian novel by F. Anstey and adapted and directed by Peter Ustinov. When stuffy businessman Paul Bultitude (Roger Livesey) and his son Dick (Anthony Newley) are having a rare heart-to-heart talk, both surprise the other by confessing how dissatisfied they are with their lives. Unfortunately, they have this conversation while in view of a magical stone idol brought back from India by the disreputable Uncle Marmaduke (David Hutcheson), and before they know it the Bultitudes have swapped bodies. While Dick poses as his father, shocking the household staff with wild parties and agreeing to a shady business deal with Uncle Marmaduke, Mr Bultitude surprises his headmaster Dr Grimstone (James Robertson Justice) and his daughter Dulcie (Petula Clark) with his boring, conservative habits.
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One of those rubes is Marmaduke Paradine (David Hutcheson) who is a rake and a scoundrel, and while visiting the temple takes the rakish and scoundrel-ish step of stealing an eye from the idol in the temple. Suspecting that this might not have been the best idea, he palms the eye off on his more upright cousin Paul Bultitude (Roger Livesey) when he returns to England. What Paul and his son Dick (Anthony Newley) don't realize is that the eye has magic powers; when each of them express the wish that they could live the other's life, it's granted. Which means that stuffy Paul is suddenly a giddy 12-year old, eating ice cream, trying to kiss the pretty parlormaid (Patricia Raine) and generally having a wonderful time. Meanwhile, Dick returns to boarding school a tired, annoyed middle-aged man, which causes no end of unhappiness for Dulcie Grimstone (Petula Clark), the headmaster's daughter and once the apple of Dick's eye . . .
The film was written and directed by Peter Ustinov, working from the comic fantasy by F. Anstey, and if nothing else, this is one of the few British films that has no love for the "public" schools that are so often portrayed as heaven on earth and the builders of the perfect Briton. Ustinov, whose own years at a prep school were quite miserable, sees the places as holding pens for bored, lonely, unhappy kids, who take their frustrations out on each other. And also as ideal stalking grounds for adults with, well, issues. (James Robertson Justice plays brilliantly against his usual beardy, bellow-y type as the headmaster, Dr.Read more ›
Network's UK PAL DVD is a rather unimpressive transfer but acceptable, with no extras aside from a brief stills gallery.
definately worth it (if you're looking for ''old-sci-fy'')
The story is a classi father-son switch body experience that ends well.
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Always wanted this particular dvd. the best version of this film.Published 9 months ago by grace samuel