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Work Is a 4-Letter Word (1968)

Everyone is employed by the ultra-modern DICE Corporation but Valentine Brose would rather stay at home to tend his psychedelic mushrooms.


Peter Hall


Jeremy Brooks, Henry Livings (play)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Warner ... Valentine Brose
Cilla Black Cilla Black ... Betty Dorrick
Zia Mohyeddin ... Dr. Aly Narayana
David Waller David Waller ... Mr. Price
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Mrs. Murray
Alan Howard ... Reverend Mort
Jan Holden ... Mrs. Price
Tony Church Tony Church ... Mr. Arkwright
Joe Gladwin ... Pa Brose
Julie May Julie May ... Mrs. Dorrick
Derek Royle Derek Royle ... Briggs
John Steiner ... Anthony
Cyril Cross Cyril Cross ... Commissionaire
Clifford Rose ... Registry Office Clerk
Paul Dawkins Paul Dawkins ... Powerplant Guard


Everyone is employed by the ultra-modern DICE Corporation but Valentine Brose would rather stay at home to tend his psychedelic mushrooms.

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This Film Is Perfectly Normal ... Only The Characters In It Are A Bit Odd.


Comedy | Fantasy


M/PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

25 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Work Is a Four Letter Word See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cavalcade Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?


First film of Elizabeth Spriggs. See more »


Mr. Price: You invented the problem, Mrs. Murray, so you solve it!
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Work Is a Four-Letter Word
Written by Don Black & Guy Woolfenden
Sung by Cilla Black
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3 December 2002 | by bibimimiSee all my reviews

Dreamlike satire about a young man who resists getting a job at the lone employing conglomerate in his dreary industrial town, but changes his mind when he discovers the plant's boiler room has the perfect climate to assist him with his pet horticultural (fungal) project. Many of the actors in this film also members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Also stars Beatles' friend and recording artist Cilla Black, but I date myself. If you can find this movie, watch it. It's twisted. Right up there with 'Billy Liar'. David Warner is perfect, a creepy combination of disaffected and keenly focused. Oh, where has this movie gone?

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