The British National Health System is skewered in this comedy set in a rundown London hospital. The hospital is filled with wacky staff members and patients, and the film strives to get all...
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Michael Marler, a successful business man in London, is about to make his way to the top. The death of his father brings him - after five years - back to his hometown Liverpool, where he is... See full summary »
Lilita De Barros
Inspired by his love for Dashiell Hammett novels, nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley puts an ad in the paper as a private eye. The case he gets turns out to be a strange setup and as he digs to the bottom of it his life starts falling apart.
A couple uses extremely black comedy to survive taking care of a daughter who is nearly completely brain dead. They take turns doing the daughter's voice and stare into the eyes of death ... See full summary »
The British National Health System is skewered in this comedy set in a rundown London hospital. The hospital is filled with wacky staff members and patients, and the film strives to get all it can from their humorous escapades. The movie also includes a satire-within-a-satire, with "Nurse Norton's Affair" providing a send-up of TV hospital soap operas.Written by
Leonard Frey was nominated for the 1975 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "The National Health" as Barnett. See more »
But what can you do? You can't cure loneliness, ugliness, boredom. The best you can hope for is that they'll be lonely on clean sheets, ugly on tapioca pudding and to hell with the quality of life.
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Music Remembered and Conducted by Carl Davis See more »
Jim Dale is a revelation in this movie, with only slight echoes of his "Carry on Doctor" movies - here he has much richer material to play with.
The appalling conditions of an under-funded national health hospital are comically contrasted with a "Dr Kildare" style soap showing in the ward televisions. The contrast between the real world and the fantasy soap world is skillfully done.
A charming, tragic, funny and intelligent black comedy made in the days when Britain generally made very poor comedy movies.
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