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The Golden Gong (1985)

People who have seen enough British films likely recall a shirtless hunk beating a huge gong during the opening credits, but many may not know that this was the symbol of Rank Studios, the ... See full summary »

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Tom Gutteridge

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Tom Gutteridge
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Credited cast:
Richard Attenborough ... Himself - Interviewee
Dirk Bogarde ... Himself - Interviewee
Betty E. Box Betty E. Box ... Herself-Interviewee (as Betty Box)
Albert R. Broccoli ... Himself-Interviewee
Michael Caine ... Himself - Host
Joan Collins ... Herself - Interviewee
Noël Coward ... (archive footage) (as Noel Coward)
Timothy Dalton ... (archive footage)
Olive Dodds Olive Dodds ... Herself-Interviewee
Diana Dors ... Herself - Interviewee
Lewis Gilbert ... Himself-Interviewee
Elliott Gould ... (archive footage)
Stewart Granger ... Himself - Interviewee
Alec Guinness ... (archive footage)
Jack Hawkins ... (archive footage)
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People who have seen enough British films likely recall a shirtless hunk beating a huge gong during the opening credits, but many may not know that this was the symbol of Rank Studios, the history of which is told in this TV documentary through numerous clips, interviews and commentary by Michael Caine. Written by Lawrence Chadbourne

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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1985 (UK) See more »

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Euro Center, Mentorn See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Ditto for Benoît Racine's review...
24 July 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

After reading the review by Benoît Racine, I really didn't feel that there was a lot I could add to their insightful review. While this documentary about the Rank Film Studio was welcome since there are apparently no other documentaries on this subject, it is NOT a particularly inspired film. Much of the problem is that they seem to spend a lot of time on particular films mostly depending on whether or not they could get various mostly minor stars on camera to discuss the pictures. As a result, this took precedence over more important or ground-breaking films. In addition, later in "The Golden Gong", the entire production really seemed like it was just an extended ad for Michael Caine's latest film--one they made sound as if it was greatest film in the history of British cinema! A rather cynical and shallow film to say the least--but at least it did provide some nice background on the studio.


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