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A Private Function [Blu-ray]
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Michael Palin as the hen pecked chiropodist, Maggie Smith as the social climbing hen, Liz Smith as the batty scatty mother-in law who'll stuff virtually anything and everything in her gannet gob, Denholm Eliot (as the doctor) who refuses to be impressed and so must be made so...along with everyone else in town who matters....I have never laughed so much. They are all that generation who would have been children (more or less) in this time period and all say how they never felt they went without....how they enjoyed their childhood's and wish it could be the same always...when you watch this you can see their point. This film and everyone's performance in it is superb. Please...for your good health and for your better and more cheerful disposition...buy this movie.
Set in a small town in post-war 1947 Britain, "A Private Function" introduces a world were deprivation and rationing are still every day occurrences. When the local town bigwigs want to impress for an impending Royal wedding, they set aside a pig for slaughter. It's all rather hush hush, though, as the very act they intend to commit violates the law. When Palin, as the put upon husband of Dame Maggie, is pushed too far by his socially carnivorous wife--he abducts the prize porker. Mayhem ensues as the town falls to pieces and Palin and Smith desperately try to hide their porcine concubine from prying eyes. There are plenty of gags, many at the expense of Smith's daft mother Liz Smith, who fears senility from all the strange new odors at home. Of course things work out--but not in the way anyone was expecting.Read more ›
Palin is "foot doctor" who spends his days bicycling from house to house in post-War II Yorkshire tending to female patients. In his travels around and about he crosses paths with a syndicate of "business men" who are raising an illegal pig for a "private function" to be held the day the Princess Elizabeth (II) marries.
Following a farcical turn of events, Palin kidnaps the pig named "Betty" planned for the roast. Urged on by Smith's character (pure Maggie), the couple "keep" the pig in their bathroom and try to kill it. Soon enough, the syndicate members discover the kidnapping and are hot on the tail of the missing pig. In the meantime, a zealous copper is hot on their tails.
Other wonderful actors in this romp include Denholm Elliot ('Room With a View'), Alison Steadman ('Singing Dectective', 'Pride and Prejudice'), Pete Postlehwaite ('Name of the Father', 'Brassed Off') and other very familiar faces. An uplifting film, but not suitable for those who are weak of stomach.
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A Private Function has been on my top 10 list for about 30 years.Published 11 months ago by Parby Grylam
What a delight! I am a Maggie Smith fan. So any film that features her is something to cherish.Published 12 months ago by Annie
Love everything Maggie Smith is in. Especially with Michael Palin. I have waited for a long time to get this movie from 30 years ago at a price that I could afford. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alan Lau
A PRIVATE FUNCTION  [Blu-ray] You Are Invited To The Funniest Affair Of The Year! Ripe, rude and robust!
An ambitious couple and a V.I.P. Read more
A great cast wasted in a bad farce. Tries for Monty Python but fails. With similar cast go for " the misionary"Published on June 28, 2014 by Jose Luis Cocho Roldan
The plot, failed attempt at humor, not agreeable. We trashed the DVD after watching the first scenes .......without watching the whole thing.Published on June 28, 2014 by er
Funny movie with a pig as the star attraction. Lots of our favorite British actors, not including the pig. The quality of the DVD is excellent.Published on April 20, 2014 by Jan Y
Delightful movie! Typically British comedy with a fab cast. Well worth watching again and again! It will not disappoint you!Published on April 18, 2014 by Nancy L Geddes