A Peter Cook Classic
I saw this movie when it first came out in the '70s and I found it hilarious then. Over the years many older films seem to lose their appeal, with the more recent competition offering slicker production, faster action and more gratuitous violence, etc. But this one remains one of my favourites. The story parodies the underhand goings on in Whitehall, and the only aspect of this film that doesn't quite ring true is the theft of Gold from the Swiss. The rest remains thoroughly believeable and you can just imagine this sort of thing going on all over the politcal arena. It's a bit slow to start, but give it time and you'll begin to see characters from the period come to life before your eyes. I particularly like the persona of the Labour Prime Minister, who was clearly supposed to be Harold Wilson. A thoroughly enjoyable film and in my opinion worth every penny :)Read full review
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This classic was made in the times of the "not only, but also" time and was a very good Peter Cook device. The movie is peppered with other well known actors of the time. John Cleese, Aurthur Lowe, Harold Pinter, Graham Chapman, Kevin Billington and a walk on part for Ronnie Corbet. Like all good comedies, one is left with a slightly uncomfortable feeling that this could actually happen.