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Britannia Hospital (1982)

R | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 27 May 1982 (UK)
Britannia Hospital is not preparing for a visit from Queen Elizabeth1, who died in 1603. The visitor is a fictional representation of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Director:

Lindsay Anderson

Writer:

David Sherwin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Rossiter ... Vincent Potter: Administration
Brian Pettifer ... Biles: Administration
John Moffatt ... Greville Figg: Administration
Fulton Mackay ... Chief Superintendant Johns: Administration
Vivian Pickles ... Matron: Administration
Barbara Hicks ... Miss Tinker: Administration
Graham Crowden ... Professor Millar: Medicos
Jill Bennett ... Dr. MacMillan: Medicos
Peter Jeffrey ... Sir Geoffrey: Medicos
Marsha A. Hunt ... Nurse Amanda Persil: Medicos (as Marsha Hunt)
Catherine Willmer Catherine Willmer ... Dr. Houston: Medicos
Mary MacLeod Mary MacLeod ... Casualty Sister: Medicos
Joan Plowright ... Phyllis Grimshaw: The Unions
Robin Askwith ... Ben Keating: The Unions
Dave Atkins Dave Atkins ... Sharkey: The Unions
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Storyline

Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society. It's the day when Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth I is to visit the hospital to inaugurate a new wing, where advanced (and sinister) scientific experiments led by Professor Millar (Graham Crowden) will take place. Everybody in the hospital, from the cooks who refuse to cook, to the painters who couldn't care less to get their job done, to an African cannibalistic dictator (à la Idi Amin Dada Oumee) who demonstrators want expelled from the hospital and tried, will contribute to making Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth I's visit (and Mick Travis' life) a true nightmare. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$375,713

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$375,713
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Leonard Rossiter and Director Lindsay Anderson worked together on This Sporting Life (1963). See more »

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At 02:40, the nurse puts her cape on twice. See more »

Quotes

Professor Millar: Friends! Fellow Members of the Human Race! We are gathered here for a purpose. Let us look together at Mankind. What do we see? We see Mastery. What wonders Mankind can perform. He can cross the oceans and continents today, as easily as our grandfathers crossed the street. Tomorrow he will as easily cross the vast territories of space. He can make deserts FERTILE and plant cabbages on the Moon. And what does man CHOOSE? Alone among the creatures of this world, the Human Race CHOOSES to ...
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RULE BRITANNIA
Sung by Gillian Knight
Arranged and conducted by Derek Wadsworth
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shocking satire about world collapse
9 October 2005 | by frankbannister-1See all my reviews

Lindsay Anderson was several years ago one of my favourite directors and then, 5 years ago, I thought that this film is possible his best. Since then I saw again Britannia Hospital at least five times - and it didn't worked always - in contrast Anderson's If..., which is better and better with every watching. However, Britannia Hospital is still a very good film, but its content maybe too disturbing for a lot of viewers. I mean, not only its details (for example, eating pieces of brain, by the way, didn't Hannibal - the movie - discover it), but the consequences of the whole film. This film's dark and painful thoughts about mankind and our future are very frightening, because they - if we can face it - almost (or entirely?) the reality. Although Lindsay Anderson's satire is focused on Britannia Hospital, where the most of the plot plays, this parabolic form is about the whole world: from the poor people to the rich, from the caretaker to the mad scientist. Britannia Hospital is full of moments of horror and black comedy (namely its subplot is parody/paraphraze of Frankenstein-story), but its strongest parts are when its laughing (or crying) on the figures of government and other leaders (the master of BH, the main strikers, even the Queen). The solution is Britannia Hospital - in a paradox way - there is no solution for mankind. Maybe the speech of the professor at the end is a little didactic, but at same time quite honest; but not he has the last world in the film. For those who have already seen this film, it is known, what I'm talking about; for those who are going to see BH, let it be a surprise. It's unforgettable, but extremely sad moment: a shocking last shot to Britannia Hospital.


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