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Alan Partridge (2013)

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (original title)
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When famous DJ Alan Partridge's radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.

Director:

Declan Lowney

Writers:

Neil Gibbons (screenplay), Rob Gibbons (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Meaney ... Pat Farrell
Steve Coogan ... Alan Partridge / Jason Statham / Jason Bourne / Jason Argonaut
Tim Key ... Side Kick Simon
Karl Theobald ... Greg Frampton
Nigel Lindsay ... Jason Tresswell
Felicity Montagu ... Lynn Benfield
Dustin Demri-Burns ... Danny Sinclair
Molly Seymour Molly Seymour ... Danny's Posse
Adam Langstaff Adam Langstaff ... Danny's Posse
Aaron Heffernan ... Danny's Posse
Simon Greenall Simon Greenall ... Michael
Phil Cornwell ... Dave Clifton
Monica Dolan ... Angela Ashbourne
Kieran Hodgson ... Exec
Elizabeth Berrington ... Bettie
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Storyline

Radio DJ Alan Partridge is facing uncertain times with his radio station being taken over by a corporate conglomerate. He makes things worse when he talks down a colleague after a promise to talk him up. The colleague handles things badly and takes the radio station into his own hands, literally, by taking them all hostage. Envisioning all his action heroes in his head, Alan is going to save the day by becoming a go-between for the Scotland Yard. His method though will put himself and others in harm's way because Alan Partridge just can't keep his mouth shut. Written by Anne Campbell

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Taglines:

On air. Under siege. Out of chat? See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alan Partridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,664, 6 April 2014

Gross USA:

$153,426

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,727,099
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Five minutes into the film Lynn visits Alan in his shed where he tells Lynn that he is checking out the Osprey population of the UK on his laptop. However, the reflection in his glasses tells a different story. See more »

Goofs

Alan's JUST SACK PAT page that he writes at the meeting changes after he drops his gloves. It is noticeable on the S and the P. The change is likely because the shape of Alan's P is a plot point later in the movie. See more »

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Alan Partridge: He's got a shooter!
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Crazy Credits

The logo for Alan's radio station, North Norfolk Digital, joins those of the three other production companies in the pre-credits montage. See more »

Connections

References The Shawshank Redemption (1994) See more »

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Swinging Low
Written by Peter Raymond
Performed by Outlaws
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I am certainly not the best one to review this one...
26 July 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I have a bazillion reviews to my credit here on IMDb, I must tell you up front that I am not the best person to be reviewing this movie. This is because I have never seen the TV series on which this film is based and I am not particularly familiar with Steve Coogan. So, unlike many viewers, this is my first time and I cannot compare the movie with the show.

The film begins with some corporate folks coming to the radio station where Alan (Coogan) works. They are there to make changes and he and the staff are pretty scared. It appears that Alan is the big change and he's going to be let go. But, being a weasel, he manages to focus their attention on someone else--Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney). However, when Pat is instead fired, he loses it and goes on a shooting spree. He also takes a bunch of hostages and it's up to Alan to try to help the police to get the folks out alive. However, being a weasel, he also hopes to gain a lot of attention for himself and thus improve his ratings! In fact, as the film progresses, you really see that this is Partridge's #1 goal.

This movie is a very funny and EXTREMELY dark comedy. Such topics are usually NOT the basis for a comedy and the film manages to tackle a sick topic like this and still make it very watchable. However, at times, the film does have a few lulls--not serious ones but the pacing could have been just a bit better. Worth seeing--especially if you like your humor pitch black in tone.


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