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The Bed Sitting Room (1969)

R | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 26 March 1970 (UK)
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Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

John Antrobus (screenplay), Charles Wood (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Tushingham ... Penelope
Dudley Moore ... Police Sergeant
Harry Secombe ... Shelter Man
Arthur Lowe ... Father
Roy Kinnear ... Plastic Mac Man
Spike Milligan ... Mate
Ronald Fraser ... The Army
Jimmy Edwards Jimmy Edwards ... Nigel
Michael Hordern ... Bules Martin
Peter Cook ... Police Inspector
Ralph Richardson ... Lord Fortnum
Mona Washbourne ... Mother
Richard Warwick ... Alan
Frank Thornton ... The BBC
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs. Ethel Shroake
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Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, muddy plains, and heaps of dentures and old boots. Patriotically singing "God Save Mrs. Ethel Shroake, Long Live Mrs. Ethel Shroake", they wander through this surrealistic landscape, forever being warned by the police to "keep moving", and prone to the occasional mutation into a parrot, cupboard, or even, yes, a bed sitting room with "No Wogs" scrawled in the grime on its windows. In particular, this story revolves around the odd "love story" of a girl who lives with her parents in one compartment of a London Underground train, the commuter in the next compartment, and the doctor they meet after returning above ground in search of a nurse for the heavily pregnant girl. Written by Sonya Roberts <sonya_roberts@geocities.com>

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Taglines:

"The Great Nuclear Misunderstanding Lasted 2 Minutes And 28 Seconds (including the peace treaty)" See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A szoba-konyha See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

It is never explicitly stated who started the war, and who the British were fighting. It was, however, supposedly the shortest war in history. See more »

Quotes

Lord Fortnum of Alamein: Are you a doctor, doctor?
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Milligan's post-apocalyptic fantasy.
2 January 1999 | by catfishSee all my reviews

Richard Lester's directorial career went into nose-dive (at least for a while) after making this film, which was a pity. It's a post-apocalyptic black comedy like no other. Typically British and typically Milligan-ish, with a stunning visual sense.

What I enjoy most about this film is its uncompromising weirdness. It's incredibly inventive, if not particularly funny, and also quite depressing - but it has to be, dealing with the aftermath of nuclear war.

There are some excellent performances from a cast which seems to contain most of the outstanding British comedy talent of the last thirty years (Marty Feldman is particularly fine) and some pointed satire about the British "stiff upper lip", but it's the surreal visuals which stand out, including the remains of a motorway with hundreds of cars half-buried in mud, and an escalator emerging into a landscape almost entirely composed of broken crockery.

A flawed masterpiece.


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