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Britannia Hospital (1982)

R | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 27 May 1982 (UK)
Britannia Hospital is not preparing for a visit from Queen Elizabeth1, who died in 1603. The visitor is a fictional representation of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Director:

Lindsay Anderson

Writer:

David Sherwin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Rossiter ... Vincent Potter: Administration
Brian Pettifer ... Biles: Administration
John Moffatt ... Greville Figg: Administration
Fulton Mackay ... Chief Superintendant Johns: Administration
Vivian Pickles ... Matron: Administration
Barbara Hicks ... Miss Tinker: Administration
Graham Crowden ... Professor Millar: Medicos
Jill Bennett ... Dr. MacMillan: Medicos
Peter Jeffrey ... Sir Geoffrey: Medicos
Marsha A. Hunt ... Nurse Amanda Persil: Medicos (as Marsha Hunt)
Catherine Willmer Catherine Willmer ... Dr. Houston: Medicos
Mary MacLeod Mary MacLeod ... Casualty Sister: Medicos
Joan Plowright ... Phyllis Grimshaw: The Unions
Robin Askwith ... Ben Keating: The Unions
Dave Atkins Dave Atkins ... Sharkey: The Unions
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Storyline

Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society. It's the day when Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth I is to visit the hospital to inaugurate a new wing, where advanced (and sinister) scientific experiments led by Professor Millar (Graham Crowden) will take place. Everybody in the hospital, from the cooks who refuse to cook, to the painters who couldn't care less to get their job done, to an African cannibalistic dictator (à la Idi Amin Dada Oumee) who demonstrators want expelled from the hospital and tried, will contribute to making Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth I's visit (and Mick Travis' life) a true nightmare. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur Lowe: As a guest patient. See more »

Goofs

At 1:16:05, Dr Millar chops off a certain character's head with a meat cleaver and then raises the cleaver to show it spotlessly clean. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Genesis: [deep, monotone voice] What... a piece... of work... is a man... How noble... in reason... How infinite... in faculty... In form and moving... how express and admirable... In action... how like... an angel... In apprehension... how like... a god.
[the giant brain starts repeating itself like a stuck record]
Genesis: How like... a god... How like... a god... How like... a god... How like... a god.
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Crazy Credits

Fulton Mackay's character was billed as Chief Superintendant; the correct spelling is Superintendent. See more »

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Soundtracks

RULE BRITANNIA
Sung by Gillian Knight
Arranged and conducted by Derek Wadsworth
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Sad ending to Mick Travis
4 November 2002 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

"Britannia Hospital" was not exhibited (although advertised) in Panamá in 1982, so I didn't have a chance to see the last part of the Mick Travis trilogy, created by Lindsay Anderson and David Sherwin. In the early 1990's I found a video copy of the film, but not until now have I seated to watch the film, after enjoying two Ealing comedies ("Kind Hearts and Coronets" and "The Man In the White Suit") that surprised me one more time for the pleasant way that social and political issues are usually treated in British cinema. (MILD SPOILERS) Social issues are all over "Britannia Hospital", the most saddening conclusion I have ever seen of a character, though luckily not affecting the admiration I have for the two previous films. "if...." (1968) introduced Mick (Malcolm McDowell) as a rebel in a public school; in "O Lucky Man" (1973) he was a young man seeking a job in the capitalist world, and in this final appearance, Mick has returned from the USA and apparently works as a spy -with a mini video camera- for an American TV station (represented by Mark Hamill, completely stoned inside a mobile unit) in the coverage of the anniversary of Britannia Hospital (metaphor of the United Kingdom) and the launching of a sinister Frankenstein-type project, while the workers are on strike, militants demand the exit of an African dictator from the hospital, with his wives, children and staff, and Her Royal Highness is on her way to the festivities. The riot takes place, but what is really violent is the way Mick is dispatched. In the previous films, there were elements of fantasy handled beautifully, even in a poetic way, but this time writer David Sherwin turned the story into a Stuart Gordon fest, which Anderson relished with a scene right out of "Re-Animator". This impression is so strong, that it casts a dark shadow over the final sequence when the Genesis project (which recites Shakespeare) is presented to all. Many familiar faces were welcome (Alan Bates, Joan Plowright, Graham Crowden, Jill Bennett, Liz Smith, Vivian Pickles, Marsha A. Hunt, and Robin Askwith), but it's a pity that Anderson and Sherwin decided to end the trilogy in such an extreme and rude fashion.


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