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'Allo 'Allo - The Complete Series Seven
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Poor Rene. His only desire is for a peaceful life in his quiet cafe in Nouvion, France. The only difficult decision he wishes to make is which waitress to sneak off to the broom closet with for a quick cuddle. But ever since the war started, nothing is simple. As if it wasn't bad enough to be shot dead by the Germans, now the resistance wants to shoot him also and he must flee to, of all places, England! But first, he must rescue his mother-in-law, who was last seen in her bed with Leclerc attached to a hot air balloon heading due south at 500 feet, and he must also smuggle food to the British airmen, who have gotten themselves stuck down a drain in the middle of the town square, all while attempting to evade the deadly singing voice of his wife Edith! Will this war never end?]]>
- 10 episodes on two discs
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Finally, 'official' titles for Series 7!
Prepare to order!
[All episode lengths = 30 minutes]
-Unofficial titles: Forged Papers; Von Flockenstuffen in Command
-Unofficial titles: Exploding Candles; Free at Last
-Unofficial titles: Flying to England; Eloping to England
-Unofficial titles: René In England; Hello Hans
-Unofficial titles: Telegraph Poles; Lines of Communication
-Unofficial title: The Spirit of Nouvion
-Unofficial titles: Wine Barrels; A Barrel Full of Airmen
-Unofficial titles: A Mixed Marriage; Stuck
-Unofficial titles: Ice Cream; The Ice Cream Truck
-Unofficial titles: Gypsies; The Gypsy Carnival
It is made funnier by a German Leutenant who "is mad about the boy" - but of course one needs intrigue and skullduggery with stolen art and the "Gestoopo" who are always trying to catch the plot but usually miss it.
A superb series that really must be part of your video collection.
The frustrating part about buying these DVD's is that the distributor cannot do the honourable thing and release the entire series in one release. The excuse for this may well be marketing but this does not enhance my opinion of them for this policy. Hurry up and release the rest of the series, you idle slackers!!!!!
Basic story is of a café owner René Artois (Gorden Kaye); this is in France during the WWII German occupation. He must balance dealing with the local Germans, the Gestapo, the good Resistance, the commie Resistance, having affairs with his female help, dealing with his wife and mother-in-law.
In series seven the fun does not stop. However you see some different people and different actors playing some of the key characters. A few of the originals are left including a token appearance of Captain Hans Geering (Sam Kelly) in a surprisingly new position after a little brainwashing. As With the last series (six), one can tell that they are running out of ideas and in desperate effort to keep up the energy go a little over the deep end even for "Allo Allo." Then all of a sudden even the new substitute actors catch on and we are back in the laughs and situations. Herr Otto Flick finds a new love worthy of the Gestapo. Now I can not wait for series eight.
One nice thing about this series is that they place the name next to the actor at the end of each episode. Most of the actors are well known out side of this series. I was shocked however to find that Gestapo Herr Otto Flick (Richard Gibson) Played British Capt. Newman in Ken Follett's "The Key to Rebecca" (1985) and completely changed his accent.
Key to Rebecca -Richard Gibson
Purists may be appalled at some of the changes of cast (Lt. Bertorelli and M. LeClerc), but one at least was unavoidable (due the untimely death of Jack Haig, the actor who played LeClerc). The actor who plays Rene Artois ( Gordon Kaye) sports a rather spectacular scar on the forehead in this series, due to a tree falling on him on 25th January 1990 during the spectacular storms in the UK, but the fun carries on as usual. The whole thing is a parody of a serious BBC TV series called "Secret Army" which was all about a cafe run by a prominent member of the Resistance. Lt Hans Gering makes a welcome return as a British Intelligence Officer and even Winston Churchill makes a cameo appearance. I did hear that Germans loved this series and I imaginee that the French were probably baffled by it. Strangely enought the British, who made it, are portrayed as complete idiots (e.g. the British airmen and the dreadful French spoken by the fake Gendarme Crabtree - "Good Moaning", which shows that the British still have the endearing quality of laughing at themselves.