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Porridge

Porridge
Movie: Porridge(1979)[tt0079738] This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the prisoners and an all-star celebrity team. Fletcher is unaware that the match is only a diversion so that an escape can take place. When Fletcher and his cell mate Lennie stumble on the escape, they are taken along, and find themselves having to break back into prison to avoid getting into trouble. Written bymeasham
Title Porridge
Release Date 10 August 1979 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Comedy, Crime
Production Companies Black Lion Films, Witzend Productions, ITC Films
Ronnie Barker
Ronnie Barker...
Fletcher...
Richard Beckinsale
Richard Beckinsale...
Lennie...
Fulton Mackay
Fulton Mackay...
Mackay...
Brian Wilde
Brian Wilde...
Barrowclough...
Peter Vaughan
Peter Vaughan...
Harry Grout...
Julian Holloway
Julian Holloway...
Bainbridge...
Geoffrey Bayldon
Geoffrey Bayldon...
Governor...
Barrie Rutter
Barrie Rutter...
Oakes...
Sam Kelly
Sam Kelly...
Warren...
Philip Locke
Philip Locke...
Banyard...
Gorden Kaye
Gorden Kaye...
Dines (as Gordon...
Oliver Smith
Oliver Smith...
McMillan...

Reviews

CharltonBoy on 1 January 2003
What is odd about this film is that i didnt know it existed.There are many spin off films made from British Comedy series's such as Steptoe and Son , On The Buses and Are You Being Served all of which are shown at christmas at far too shorter intervals and all are far inferior to the actual TV shows. Porridge is different. This has hardly ever been seen on TV and is very funny , even funnier than the TV series. Ronnie Barker has a fantastic knack of comedy timing. When he delivers the punch lines you cant help but smile or in the case of this film laugh out loud. The film is very true to the programme and has all the characters we have grown to love over the years.The story is nothing spectacular but it does not need to be because the interaction between wardens and lags is what makes the film. This is one of the best comedy series to film i have ever seen. 8 out of 10.

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