Till Death Us Do Part (film)
|Till Death Us Do Part|
|Directed by||Norman Cohen|
|Produced by||Jon Penington|
|Written by||Johnny Speight|
|Music by||Wilfred Burns|
|Editing by||Anthony Lenny|
|Distributed by||British Lion UK|
|Running time||100 min.|
Till Death Us Do Part is a 1969 film based on the BBC television series Till Death Us Do Part. The film was directed by Norman Cohen and written by Johnny Speight, the creator of the television version.The film was considered successful enough at the box office to spawn a sequel, The Alf Garnett Saga in 1972.
The film begins in September 1939 shortly before World War II begins. Alf Garnett, a dockyard worker, and his wife Else had been married for only a few weeks, and are already weary of one another. The film depicts their lives during the London Blitz. Else eventually gets pregnant to Alf and Else's shock, and they have a baby daughter in 1942. Alf gets called up for military duty but is turned down since he has a family.
Midway through the film it advances 20 years or so from the end of World War II to the 1966 Election. Rita is now a young woman and engaged to Michael Rawlins, a long haired layabout originally from Liverpool. Alf dislikes him because of his long hair and support for the Labour Party. Trouble gets worse when Mike and Rita marry in a Catholic church, angering Alf. Later he fights with Mike's father. But Alf and Mike grow a bit closer, attending the 1966 World Cup final together. The film ends in 1968 with the family moving to a new tower block in Essex after their East End neighbourhood street is demolished.
- Warren Mitchell as Alf Garnett
- Dandy Nichols as Else Garnett
- Una Stubbs as Rita (the daughter)
- Antony Booth as Mike (the boyfriend)
- Liam Redmond as Mike's Father
- Bill Maynard as Bert
- Brian Blessed as Sergeant
- Sam Kydd as Fred
- Frank Thornton as Valuation Officer
- Ann Lancaster as Woman at Block of Flats
- Michael Robbins as Pub Landlord
- Pat Coombs as Neighbour
- Kate Williams as Sergeant's Girlfriend
- Shelagh Fraser as Mike's Mother
- John D. Collins as RAF officer at Tube Station
- Geoffrey Hughes as Mike's brother
- Tommy Godfrey as Knowledgeable man in pub
- Bob Grant as Man in Pub
- Edward Evans as Jim (shopkeeper)
Time Out wrote, "In its favour, it preserves the original characterisations at something like full strength and doesn't attempt to stitch three weekly episodes together and pass it off as a feature."
- The theme tune was composed by Ray Davies of the Kinks. The song is heard briefly at the end of the film over the closing credits. The song was sung by Chas Mills.
- Location footage was filmed in Tower Hamlets.
- The Alf Garnett Saga
- "Till Death Us Do Part | review, synopsis, book tickets, showtimes, movie release date | Time Out London". Timeout.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07.