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Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise (2001)

Timothy Spall , Michael Begley , Danny Boyle  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Timothy Spall, Michael Begley, Katy Cavanagh, Caroline Ashley, Alice Barry
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Writers: Jim Cartwright
  • Producers: David M. Thompson, Des Hughes, Hilary Salmon, Martin Carr
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Enhanced, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Z936Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise" on IMDb

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In addition to boasting one of the quirkiest titles in movie history, Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise is a riotous showcase for the formidable talent of Timothy Spall. One of the finest character actors to emerge from England in the 1980s and '90s, Spall gave great performances in Life Is Sweet, Secrets and Lies, and Topsy-Turvy (all for director Mike Leigh), and made memorable appearances in Vanilla Sky, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and many others. Here he plays Tommy Rag, a vile, uncouth salesman, determined to win "The Golden Vac" award as England's best door-to-door peddler of vacuum cleaners, unaware that his disapproving boss has sabotaged his chances of winning the coveted prize. Filmed on digital video, this over-the-top BBC-TV comedy was director Danny Boyle's rough-edged rehearsal for 28 Days Later, and its ragged visuals are entirely appropriate for Jim Cartwright's screenplay, which probes the desperate economy of England while plumbing the depths of Tommy's maniacal motivation. There's rich social satire to be found in this delirious mess, but the main pleasure comes from Spall, playing an ethically challenged lout on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Think Willy Loman with apoplectic road rage, and you've got the right idea. --Jeff Shannon

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I'll always have fond memories of this movie. I first saw it at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival, just 3 days after 9/11. You won't find a much tougher crowd for a comedic movie to premiere to than the one assembled for this particular screening, but such is the power of this film's dark humor that it was able to evoke convulsive laughter even from an audience this somber.
Danny Boyle, who soared with the British films SHALLOW GRAVE and TRAINSPOTTING, then fell on his face with the Hollywood duds A LIFE LESS ORDINARY and THE BEACH, got back in form with this effort, reborn of the freedom that digital technology affords today's daring (and invariably under-financed) filmmakers. He's obviously fascinated with the limitless possibilities for camera placement that the technology affords, embedding miniature cameras all over the sets to permit individual scenes to be viewed from a rapid-fire succession of perspectives. His editing and music skills, combined with stellar camerawork by noted dogme cameraman Anthony Dodd Mantle, results in a raw, exciting new `dogme-MTV' type of look ... a look that Boyle put to good use in his subsequent hit, 28 DAYS LATER.
But `look' alone cannot make a movie. You still need a script to work with, and Boyle is blessed here with an outstanding one from Jim Cartwright. The story is nothing less than a bold and brilliant comedic re-conceptualization of Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN for the digital age. And unlike Miller, Cartwright doesn't play coy with what the salesman is actually peddling -- you know right from the start that it's vacuum cleaners.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It sucks...but it's a living September 12, 2004
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The title of this review doesn't refer to the film, but to the noble profession of selling vacuum cleaners, further ennobled by the door-to-door approach. Marauders of the working class homefront, these sales blokes (it's a British film) pounce with ferocious, rapacious glee on the unsuspecting denizens of modularized same-look-in-every-unit apartment buildings.

One such--indeed, king of sales-driven ferocity--is Tommy Rag, an overweight, overwrought maniac whose own motivational tape (i.e., he recorded it himself)--"Sell, sell, sell, f**king sell, f**king sell"--is set to heavy metal music. This is one of numerous hilarious pleasures of this intensely manic made-for-TV (BBC) film directed by Danny Boyle. Played by Timothy Spall, Rag is anything but ragtag, but does manage to rag unto near-nervous breakdown his new protege, Pete (actor Michael Begley), a rookie salesguy who transitions from "mixing cassettes for teenagers" to selling vacs, all the better to insure that his stripper girlfriend won't leave him.

The script by Jim Cartwright is perfect, and is matched with Boyle's perfect direction to deliver a short (75-minute) film that couldn't be any longer and retain its power without flagging/fragging the viewer. Spall is nothing short of miraculous here, an unstoppable force that seemingly only hurricane Ivan might bring down. His intensity is so palpable you can feel yourself quaking, shaking, and roaring every time he makes an appearance (which is, in fact, most of the film).

A comic bash that pounds and astounds, Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise deserves a wider audience and more than makes up for Boyle's disastrous The Beach (w. Leonardo di Caprio; brilliant cinematography is its only saving grace) and lackluster A Life Less Ordinary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Bait & switch"? January 30, 2013
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We saw previews of this on a DVD for another movie. It looked like it was going to be hilariously amusing. As is sometimes the case with previews/trailers for movies, it was one of those where the PREVIEWS pretty-much show you ALL THE BEST PARTS and the REST of it is "FILLER". The acting was good, but the plot----if there was one----was obscure, uninteresting, & sort of "all-over-the-place". We have really liked some of director Danny Boyle's flicks, like "Millions" for example, but this wasn't one of them. We were sorry we wasted our time & money. I would not recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rule Number Five: Get Out Like A Spent Knob May 28, 2009
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4.5 stars

Wow, this one really took me by surprise. Found it at me local library and brought it back to the flat for a quick look-see. Who's to know it would have one of the funnniest lead turns since Gervais' classic David Brent?

Timothy Spall takes a great script and ratchets it up a notch. No holds barred and then some, his salesman is both riotously funny and sadly disturbing. But mostly funny! There's not a dull moment here, and the 75 minutes fly right by, goosed by Boyle's slam-bang montage vision.

It's not bloody simple to make something that's both horrifying and touching, but 'ere 'tis. The horrification comes from the unblinking portraits of England and the ugly reality of salesmanship; the tenderness comes from unexpected moments of real caring amidst the surreal hilarity.

If you like British humor at all, this is some of the sweetest black comedy you could ask for. Well worth your time. He'll even knock off a hundred quid for ya.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Danny Boyle fan? Avoid this mistake of a film; it will harm your...
Big fan of Danny Boyle. But this is a lousy movie. Grainy, poor camera work. Choppy, annoying editing. Cardboard-cutout characters. Giving it 2 stars is being generous.
Published 2 months ago by Bill the Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL SALESMEN MUST SEE THIS MOVIE
I first saw this when I was in my early 20's. As an aspiring electronic musician, I felt that I understood Pete's struggle. Tommy Rag seemed like a monster. Read more
Published 7 months ago by nathaniel burman
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy movie
I had seen it before, and loved it.
Your first day at a new job and having to work with the salesman from hell...
Published 8 months ago by Duco de Klonia
5.0 out of 5 stars A short surprise!
At 76 minutes, I didn't hope for much in a full length movie, but what a surprise! I was mesmerized from beginning to end by the intensity of Timothy Spall's acting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Donald C. Renfro
4.0 out of 5 stars Danny Boyle's work is always worth watching
"Death of a Salesman" meets "Glengarry Glenn Ross" on acid, this portrait of the empty, horrible life of
door-to-door selling was made on the cheap in 20 days for the BBC. Read more
Published 14 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Timothy Spall is amazing
Anybody in sales or those with pulse should watch this film just for Timothy Spall's over the top character. One of the most memorable performances in film. Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by JOHN DUROSE
1.0 out of 5 stars Overbearing quick edits, make a mediocre movie even worse
I bought this movie because I am a HUGE fan of Danny Boyle's work. His early work (Shallow Grave and Trainspotting) are some of my favorite films. Read more
Published on March 13, 2007 by I Want My $10 Back
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Brit Film
This is a great off the wall film. Good BBC production. Highly recommend.
Published on February 23, 2006 by Elise P. A. Haas
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