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The Wrong Box

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  • Actors: John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, Peter Sellers, Thorley Walters
  • Directors: Bryan Forbes
  • Producers: The Wrong Box
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 100.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UFHFF2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,278 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Years before the story proper in The Wrong Box gets under way, a "tontine" is drawn up on behalf several young British boys. Each of the boys' parents had placed 1000 pounds in a pool, to be invested and expanded upon. The resultant fortune will go to the last surving member of the tontine. A series of montages depicts the various demises of the heirs (our favorite occurs when one of them is inadvertently beheaded while being knighted by Queen Victoria). Finally, only two of the tontine participants are left: aged brothers Ralph Richardson and John Mills. On his last legs, Mills is determined that Richardson will not outlive him, and to that end attempts to kill his brother; each attempt fails spectacularly, with the doddering Richardson none the wiser. Standing to benefit from the tontine are Mills' dimwitted med-student son Michael Caine and Richardson's greedy nephews Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. When Richardson is supposedly killed in a train wreck, Cook and Moore don't want the authorities to find out, so they appropriate what they think is their uncle's corpse and ship it home in a box. Thus it is that Caine finds the body of a perfect stranger on his doorstep. The farcical complications begin flying about thick and fast from this point onward. Among the participants in this wacky gigglefest are such formidable talents as Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock, Wilfred Lawson, Thorley Walters, Norman Rossington, Irene Handl and Cicely Courtenedge. Based on a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wrong Box is a delightful harkback to the glory days of Britain's Ealing comedies. We were so wrapped up in the story that we didn't even notice all those TV antennae sprouting up on the rooftops of Victorian London. SCRE...The Wrong Box

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This little gem of a film from 1966 is just hilarious. I first came across a "tontine line" myself when researching my family ancestry and one or two of my ancestors had been named in a Tontine line. The very nature of it with the last surviving person getting the whole investment leaves its self open the sort of comedy situation we find in this film. And the Brits show again they know how to do comedy better than anyone else. It is no less funny 44 years on with just the right cast to carry it off superbly. It is great to see Peter Cook & Dudley Moore who were at the beginning of their very sucessful career together, a young Michael Caine & everyone else has mentioned how Peter Sellars stole this show. This is one of those comedies that could take a lot of repeat viewings. I believe that the "houses" we see these two families rushing in and out of were at The Circus, Bath, in England. Don't miss this one.
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This DVD of the Wrong Box is long overdue, it has long only been available in VHS or poor quality copies, both overpriced.

This is one heck of a funny movie with a great cast of British comedians, Tony Hancock, Peter Sellers, Peter Cooke & Dudley Moore,(most now sadly passed on) with a surprising number of serious actors (Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson, John Mills) thrown in as well. Plus many other recognisable "faces" that you recognise but cannot put a name to. In fact I would say that this is British farce at its best.

My one complaint with this DVD is that there is nothing in the way of extras, (I don't count trailers as extras), but then again it is an inexpensive disc.
I was taken to see this when it came out & I am delighted to see it available at last.
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Base on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson, one of the most eclectic casts of English comedy actors are brought together in a farce that revolves around an inheritance from a Tontine, a Victorian device for ensuring a lump sum award to the survivor of a selected group.
Sadly, there are few survivors from the cast, but Peter Sellars puts in a cameo appearance which cannot be faulted. One of my favourite films.
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Brilliant film! I had this on an old video taped from TV years ago - finally found a DVD through Amazon. Great perfomances from Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, but for me Peter Sellers steals the show as the cat loving Doctor Pratt.
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Just check out the film's cast list from 1966, it certainly does read like a 'who's who' of British cinema. The film is based on the idea of 'a tontine line' pact, and opens with a series of deaths, not too dissimilar to those is the Ealing classic "Kind Hearts and Coronets". The idea that the last surviving person of a pact gets the whole investment is a perfect vehicle for all sorts of comedy situations and you'll find many of them in this film. Yes, it's easy to get cheap laughs by mocking the stiff, restrained Victorian attitudes, but it goes much further than this. Both Caine and Newman are simply superb in their roles as they try to express their feelings for each other without overstepping the social expectancies of the time.
The wonderful L&SWR period set is a treat for all those who look back at the golden age of rail and travel. The beautiful Victorian scenes, with its imposing terrace houses, furnishings, clothes, impeccable manners and lots of cats make this a real treat to watch. The film is also notable for a solid John Barry music score.

Extras include trailers for "The Wrong Box" (sadly only in black and white), "Bunny Lake is Missing", "The Hireling" and "Gumshoe".

Despite this and its amazing cast, a great film still needs a strong script though. Otherwise it just ends up as yet another 'madcap' farce, soon to be forgotten. Thankfully, this gem has a great script, so ticks all the right boxes making it a classic for collectors. Well acted, strong story line, very funny and a truly Great British Classic make this 5-star entertainment.
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The Wrong Box is our favorite old time movie (1966) and if things are dull, we play it at least once a year. It could be characterized as a genteel English comedy, but it is also a vehicle for some marvelous actors. Michael Caine is the lead, in one of his first roles, and supporting roles are played by Peter Sellars, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Tony Hancock and Nanette Newman. All are terrific! The story is lifted from a story by Robert Louis Stevenson's, in which the last surviving participant in the tontine receives all of the money pleged by the original participants. Needless to say, the last survivors indulge in all kinds of skullduggery and attempted murders to gain the prize. The DVD we purchased was in the British format, and we sent it to an English friend who also raved about it.
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I previously had this on a video taped from BBC2 years ago, and thought it was forgotten. But, hooray!, it's now out on DVD for all to see. Well up to the standard of Ealing comedies, with Michael Caine in one of his early films. The cast is brilliant with Ralph Richardson, John Mills, Nanette Newman (swooningly beautiful), Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, even Tony Hancock. But Wilfred Lawson as the senile (and drunk) butler steals the show. A treat for the eye and ear!
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