George and Mildred (film)

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George and Mildred
Directed by Peter Frazer Jones
Produced by Roy Skeggs
Written by Dick Sharples
Starring Yootha Joyce
Brian Murphy
Stratford Johns
Norman Eshley
Sheila Fearn
Kenneth Cope
David Barry
Music by Les Reed
Cinematography Frank Watts
Edited by Peter Weatherley
Release dates 1980
Running time 89 minutes
Country United Kingdom

George and Mildred is a 1980 British comedy film directed by Peter Frazer Jones. It was an adaptation of the television series of the same name. Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy reprised their television roles as the two title characters. It was written by Dick Sharples. Vicki Michelle also had a role in the film.

Synopsis[edit]

Mildred decides that she and George will celebrate their wedding anniversary in style at a swanky London hotel - however unhappy George might be at the cost involved. "I'm a traffic warden, not Aristotle Onassis", he tells her. But on arrival, George is taken for a ruthless hit-man by a shady businessman (Stratford Johns), who wants a rival eliminated. Mildred meanwhile remains in blissful ignorance throughout the resulting chaos.

Reception[edit]

Released shortly after star Yootha Joyce had died, the film was neither a commercial nor a critical success; one critic has described the film as "one of the worst films ever made in Britain . . . so strikingly bad, it seems to have been assembled with a genuine contempt for its audience."[1] A writer for The Guardian stated that the film's failure marked "the death knell" for the 1970s British practice of producing motion picture spinoffs based on sitcoms.[2]

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Julian Upton, "Carry On Sitcom: The British Sitcom Spin-off Film 1968-1980", Bright Lights Film Journal, no. 35 (January 2002).
  2. ^ Jon Bentham, "Funny money", The Guardian, 12 January 2006

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