This is yet another quality British comedy triumph,but it is rather let down by the use of unknown actors, who, although run their parts well, seem out of place against Sykes & Co. It is another fine example of what can be done with virtually nil dialogue and clever use of classical music to emphasise the scene. If you liked The Plank, you will enjoy this catalogue of disasters/incidents set in a home for retired actors during the worse Winter on record. If nothing else, it will serve as a reminder to those who have yet to experience a real British winter!
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Who doesn't love Eric Sykes? This is not amongst his best work. He couldn't get funding for the film in the UK and had to go to Finland or some awfully cold place in order to make it. Bob Hoskins and John Mills are in it. If you've seen the 2012 film, 'The Artist' you'll know what to expect in terms of dialogue. Films like this are rarely made, but it's a curiosity worth half an hour of anybody's time.