Rising Damp (film)

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Rising Damp
"Rising Damp" (film).jpg
UK theatrical poster by Tom Beauvais
Directed by Joseph McGrath
Produced by Roy Skeggs
Screenplay by Eric Chappell
Based on Rising Damp 
by Eric Chappell
Music by David Lindup
Cinematography Frank Watts
Edited by Peter Weatherly
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 3 May 1980 (1980-05-03) (United Kingdom)
Running time 98 minutes
Country England
Language English

Rising Damp is a 1980 comedy film based on the English situation comedy Rising Damp, which aired on ITV from 1974 to 1978. The television series was, in turn, adapted from Eric Chappell's stage play The Banana Box. Chappell adapted the play to television, and wrote the screenplay for this feature film. The film's director was Joseph McGrath.

In the film, Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter), the middle-aged landlord of a decrepit townhouse in inner-city London, tries desperately to win the heart of Ruth Jones (Frances de la Tour), one of his tenants.

For her performance as Ruth Jones, Frances da la Tour received an Evening Standard British Film Award in the category of "Best Actress".

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The Rigsby households fragile romantic alliances are shattered by the arrival of the very suave Seymour. The attractive miss Jones falls head over heels for the newcomer, while he in turn, falls for her savings book. The complex tangles of romance and lust in the house take their farcical twists and turns.[1]


Critical reception[edit]

  • Time Out wrote, "in which it is demonstrated that moderately droll TV boarding-house sitcoms ought not to be stretched to 98 minutes." [2]
  • David Parkinson wrote in the Radio Times, "the absence of Richard Beckinsale does much to sap the enjoyment of this decent movie version of the enduring television sitcom. Eric Chappell...overwrites to compensate and the film suffers from too many padded scenes and too few hilarious situations. Newcomer Denholm Elliott looks a tad out of place alongside regulars Frances de la Tour and Don Warrington, but he makes a solid foil for the magnificent Leonard Rossiter, who pursues his romantic quest with a seedy chivalry that both disgusts and amuses.".[3]

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