Rising Damp (film)
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|
|Edited by||Peter Weatherly|
|Running time||98 minutes|
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".
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.
- Rigsby - Leonard Rossiter
- Miss Jones - Frances de la Tour
- Philip - Don Warrington
- John - Christopher Strauli
- Seymour - Denholm Elliott
- Sandra - Carrie Jones
- Cooper - Glynn Edwards
- Bert - John Cater
- Alec - Derek Griffiths
- Italian Waiter - Ronnie Brody
- Accordionist - Alan Clare
- Rugby Player Pat Roach
- Boutique Assistant - Jonathan Cecil
- Workman - Bill Dean
- Time Out wrote, "in which it is demonstrated that moderately droll TV boarding-house sitcoms ought not to be stretched to 98 minutes." 
- 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.".
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- "Rising Damp | review, synopsis, book tickets, showtimes, movie release date | Time Out London". Timeout.com. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
- "Rising Damp | Film review and movie reviews". Radio Times. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
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