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Perfect Friday (1970)

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The deputy manager of a London bank has worked out a way to rob the branch of £200,000. When he becomes involved with the attractive Lady Dorset he decides to go ahead with his plan. He ... See full summary »

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Peter Hall

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Anthony Greville-Bell (screenplay), Scott Forbes (screenplay) (as C. Scott Forbes) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ursula Andress ... Lady Britt Dorset
Stanley Baker ... Mr. Graham
David Warner ... Lord Nicholas "Nick" Dorset
Patience Collier ... Nanny
T.P. McKenna ... Smith
David Waller David Waller ... Williams
Joan Benham ... Miss Welsh
Julian Orchard ... Thompson
Trisha Mortimer Trisha Mortimer ... Janet
Ann Tirard ... Miss Marsh (as Anne Tirard)
Johnny Briggs ... Taxi Driver
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Taxi Driver
Sidney Jennings Sidney Jennings ... Taxi Driver
Hugh Halliday Hugh Halliday ... Cyclist
Max Faulkner ... Strong Room Guard
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The deputy manager of a London bank has worked out a way to rob the branch of £200,000. When he becomes involved with the attractive Lady Dorset he decides to go ahead with his plan. He needs her help and that of her philandering spendthrift husband. It all comes down to a matter of trust. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Mr. Graham, the Earl and Lady Dorset request the pleasure of your company for cocktails. Get there early, before the police do. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Treffpunkt London Airport See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Lord Nicholas "Nick" Dorset: [to Britt] You sometimes reveal a revoltingly servile streak. Very vulgar. Something to do with being a foreigner, I suppose.
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Referenced in Shaft (1971) See more »

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Perfect any day of the week
24 June 2016 | by tomsviewSee all my reviews

"Perfect Friday" has a light touch without losing tension. Stanley Baker obviously relished the role of Mr. Graham, the seemingly straight-laced and dependable assistant bank manager who enlists a couple of unlikely associates, and hatches a plot to rip off the bank.

David Warner's performance as Lord Dorset could stand as a classic reason why hereditary peers of the realm were phased out of seats in the House of Lords, especially when he dozes during a session in parliament. Dorset is supercilious, indolent and broke, but is married to a hot foreign body, Lady Brit (Ursula Andress).

Good as Stanley Baker and David Warner are, it's Ursula Andress who gives the film its sparkle. This is the kind of role that was made for her, a femme fatale with a touch of wit. Her voice was dubbed in some of her roles before this, including "Dr No", but her strong accent works well here.

According to Wikipedia she appeared nude or semi-nude in 9 of her 14 film roles between 1969 and 1979 - "Perfect Friday" is one of them - when she is on screen she upstages her two co-stars at every turn, and they hardly stand a chance against her in the bedroom.

It's also fascinating to see the world they inhabit - it's 1970 and there isn't a desktop computer or mobile phone in site. The caper they commit would probably be very difficult today with things like biometric security with fingerprint, iris and DNA scanners - not to mention vein recognition. These days Lord Dorset's disguise in "Perfect Friday" would fail from about the time he closed the door of his flat to head to the bank. But that's now, and the scam they pull off back then is clever and reasonably plausible.

If I have one reservation it would be the music. John Dankworth scored many films around the 60's and 70's, and for the most part they fitted like a glove - I particular liked his "Return from the Ashes". Unfortunately, he was a little over emphatic and obvious here. It's as though he thought it's a comedy so a touch of the circus should be about right. It would have benefited from something a little more understated.

However, it doesn't ruin the movie, and Stanley Baker was rightly proud of the finished work. As far as caper films are concerned, "Perfect Friday" is just about perfect.


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