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VINE VOICEon 12 April 2008
Not being a Dudley Moore fan, I did not expect this to be SO great until I watched it!

I just love this type of film full of cross purposes and crossed wires, and this has so many, it forms an incredibly tickly spider's web! This film is SO hilarious, and anyone that does not find it funny has no sense of humour at all... I simply could not stop laughing!

There's a great musical score throughout this, with lots of familiar faces, and the way Dudley Moore runs - coupled with his 'squeaks' of distress are enough to send you straight to the bathroom to change your underwear!

Two of the most unlikely characters (Patricia and 'Chuck') end up being the most attractive and nice, and one is really delighted for them at their happy ending in the film. There's a great climax to this movie, and the one and a quarter hours simply fly by without ever a look at the clock!

I recommend this film highly as medication for anyone who may be suffering from depression - once over, you'll most certainly be lifted out of it guaranteed!

SIMPLY FABULOUS!
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This is a daft British holiday-meets-mistaken-identity movie starring the irrepressible Dudley Moore, Richard Griffiths (Mr Dursley - all the Harry Potter films) and Penelope Wilton (Harriet Jones in Doctor Who), ably supported by Patsy Kensit, Andreas Katsulas and Alison Steadman. Moore is at his put-upon best, sent to Venice to buy a property as his last chance of keeping his job, and misidentified by the mafia as the hit-man sent to kill Katsulas. The film's unlikely premise is that the Italian bellboy cannot tell the difference between 'Lawton', 'Horton' and 'Orton'. Moore is Orton, Bryan Brown is hitman Lawton, and Richard Griffiths is pompous mayor Horton, looking for an illicit liaison with lonely single Wilton, but falling in by mistake with Estate Agent Patsy Kensit, who was in reality supposed to be meeting Moore. Steadman arrives as Griffiths's irate wife just when you imagine things can't get worse.

A little confused by this? Not half as much as the characters are. The unlikely bellboy premise is repeated so often that it becomes a superb running gag.

Best line of the film: Penelope Wilton to hit-man Bryan Brown: "Things will pick up when you're a florist"
Second best line: Brown (to Griffiths, Steadman and Wilton, as everything unravels, and just after Dudley Moore has blown up the mafiosa by mistake): "There's been a misunderstanding somewhere."

This is not in any sense a 'great' film, and it never pretends to be. But it's hectic and heart-warming, and everyone gets something in the end, except for the mafia, who get blown up, and philanderer Griffiths, whose villa (purchased as the price of Kensit's silence) turns out to be a dud.

Superb fun, and worth watching every once in a while.
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on 4 February 2003
This is a good comedy film. The plot revolves around the confusion of 3 people and their similar surnames. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, the film surprises you. Good acting, good locations and delightful music combine to make a film that puts a smile on your face. A great film for when you are feeling a bit down and want cheering up.
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on 17 September 2000
I liked Blame It on the Bellboy, because it was different than other comedies. 3 men (whose surnames sounded quite same) stayed in the same hotel in Venice. One of them is going to buy a house, another has a date and third one is a contract killer. They all get a message on their first day but the bellboy delivered all three messages to wrong person. I think this movie is worth watching. Plot is funny. I can recommend this movie to everyone who likes comedies and little suspencse.
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on 16 August 2010
I originally saw this film when it was first released and thought it was really good entertainment !. The story is quite simple: the Bellboy in a hotel in Venice can't pronounce his "H's", "L's" or "O's" and this leads to complete chaos for 3 of the Hotel's guests. Dudley Moore is his usual funny self, amply supported by Richard Griffiths and Alison Steadman amoung other great actors. After the 90 mins running time it will leave a good smile on your face, remembering the scenes for quite a few days after you have watched it. I think the film should have had an almost cult status, it can compare to some of the best Pink Panthers (Peter Sellers)- so buy the film purely for a good chuckle and great entertainment, you will want to watch it again !.
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on 5 March 2013
By the end of the film i was ready to strangle the bell boy myself. His character became a bit of a bore but the rest of the cast including Dudley Moore were superb. Pity one cannot buy the sound track music for this. Not availiable.
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on 20 March 2010
Three hotel guests- a conscientious hitman, a timid property buyer and a cavorting husband, all end up with each other's personal messages, thanks to the confusion caused by their similar sounding names. The hilarious fallout of the bellboy's clumsiness form the heart of this superb film.

Blame It On The Bellboy scores well on all counts. The storyline is great and is executed without going overboard (a deadly trap for many a comedy). Scenic views of Venice, lovely music score and an incredible star cast, make this a classic comedy that is definitely worth owning on DVD.

A word of caution for those whose sole benchmark for cinematic humour is the number of times a character breaks wind in a film: This one is NOT for you!
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on 17 November 2013
Mike Lawton, Maurice Horton, and Melvin Orton are three men who come to Venice.

One of them is a hit man sent to take out a mobster. Another is a dirty old Mayor, looking for a little action with a woman he never met, whom he was set up with.

And one of them was sent by his employer to inspect a property his boss wants to buy. All three men are at the same hotel.

But when the bellboy gets their names mixed up and gives info meant for someone else. So one of them meets a Realtor who will do whatever she has to, to close the sale. And another follows a woman looking for romance....

The early nineties and late eighties were a strange time for British cinema, before the advent of Trainspotting, all the UK were famous for was really Carry On, Merchant and Ivory, and awful attempts at TV stars becoming movie stars.

This movie tries to go for the old farcical movies of the seventies, and it succeeds to an extent, albeit with a bigger budget, and a wonderful cast.

The problem is that the film is too short, and needs to elaborate a little more on some of the sub plots. Moore is brilliant, but his little story gets sidelined in favour of the other two.

The mayor and Patsy Kensit sequence is genuinely funny, but the hit man segment isn't really up to scratch, and the pigeon killings is just a rip off of the dog joke in A Fish Called Wanda.

Its watchable, but don't expect something clever, its as if someone has made an anthology movie, blended the three stories and then had the titular character tie up the loose ends.
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on 8 April 2009
I thoroughily recommend Blame It On The Bellboy to anyone who enjoys a good comedy and loves Venice. The plot is hilarious and the scenery is stunning. It cheers up a dull day and makes a bright one even sunnier. I have lost count of the number of times I have watched this film. Although not a musical I see it as the equivalent to Mama Mia because it is able to take you into a world of love, humour, and intrigue.
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on 21 April 2013
This is a great film and so funny too! It has a marvellous cast and it ranks with the best comedy films I have ever seen! I do recommend it to anyone- you wont be disappointed!
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