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Director  Bob Kellett
Music director  Ronnie Hazelhurst
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Country  United Kingdom
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Adventure, Comedy
Screenplay  David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd
Language  English
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Writer  David Croft, Jeremy Lloyd
Release date  1977
Cast  John Inman (Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries), Mollie Sugden (Mrs. Betty Slocombe), Frank Thornton (Captain Stephen Peacock), Trevor Bannister (Mr. Dick Lucas), Wendy Richard (Miss Shirley Brahms), Arthur Brough (Mr. Ernest Grainger)
Similar movies  Vacation, Youth, Gremlins, Just Married, The Way Way Back, Dawn of the Dead
Tagline  They're Free!! Ready to Serve You on the Big Screen !

Department-store clothing employees share a series of comic misadventures while enjoying a vacation in Spain.

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Are You Being Served?: The Movie, is a 1977 film based on the British sitcom Are You Being Served?, which follows the staff of the mens and womens clothing departments of the London Grace Brothers department store. The story is an adaptation of the successful stage version of the show, which played at Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The film also featured the performers from the television series, including Mollie Sugden and John Inman.

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The clothing department's floor requires renovation; rather than let the staff sit idle while the area is closed off, the management sends them on a paid holiday in Costa Plonka, a fictional city in Spain. Their hotel and its surroundings prove to be dismal, and the group tries to pass the time by acting on the crushes they have developed for one another in the workplace. This results in disaster, as multiple amorous notes reach the wrong recipients and everyone gets wrong ideas about who fancies whom. Meanwhile, Carlos, the hotel manager receives an unwelcome visit from an old acquaintance, Cesar Rodriguez, who is after Mrs. Slocombe after seeing her passport. He is also plotting a revolutionary uprising and wants to use the hotel as his base.

Plot

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The clothing departments floor requires renovation; rather than let the staff sit idle while the area is closed off, the management sends them on a paid holiday in Costa Plonka, a fictional city in Spain. Their hotel and its surroundings prove to be dismal, and the group tries to pass the time by acting on the crushes they have developed for one another in the workplace. This results in disaster, as multiple amorous notes reach the wrong recipients and everyone gets wrong ideas about who fancies whom. Meanwhile, Carlos, the hotel manager receives an unwelcome visit from an old acquaintance, Cesar Rodriguez, who is after Mrs. Slocombe after seeing her (doctored) passport. He is also plotting a revolutionary uprising and wants to use the hotel as his base. As a result, the Grace Brothers staff get a nasty ending to their holiday, narrowly surviving a gunfight between the revolutionaries and federal troops. During the gunfight, the staff locks Cesar in a bathroom stall and sends it floating up in the sky with a parachute. They are inadvertently saved by a group of tanks that arrive on the scene; these prove to have been commandeered by Young Mr. Grace, who wanted to visit his beleaguered underlings, but could not find a taxi.

Cast

  • John Inman as Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries:
  • The senior sales assistant on the mens counter, expansive of personality and sexually ambivalent.

  • Mollie Sugden as Mrs. Betty Slocombe:
  • The head of the ladies department, and the films main female protagonist. She maintains an exaggeratedly dignified demeanour, but can easily become pugnacious in a crisis.

  • Frank Thornton as Captain Stephen Peacock:
  • The icy floorwalker at Grace Brothers. He fancies himself a ladies man, and frequently makes himself ridiculous in his attempts to be seductive.

  • Trevor Bannister as Mr. Dick Lucas:
  • The disorganized junior of the mens department, quietly looked down upon by the other staff members. He has a seemingly insatiable tendency to make fun of his co-workers, and irritates Mrs. Slocombe especially.

  • Wendy Richard as Miss Shirley Brahms:
  • The Cockney junior of the ladies department and Mrs. Slocombes friend. She is the most sensible person in her workspace, a fact of which she is irritably aware.

  • Arthur Brough as Mr. Ernest Grainger:
  • The head of the mens department and the oldest member of the staff. He has a kind heart, but tends to be cranky, forgetful, and perpetually ready to fall asleep.

  • Nicholas Smith as Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold:
  • The officious manager of the floor. He is constantly mocked because of his bald head and big ears.

  • Harold Bennett as Young Mr. Grace:
  • The ancient and quietly debauched head of Grace Brothers department store.

  • Arthur English as Mr. Beverley Harman:
  • The head of the packing department. Coarse of personality, he is clever enough to secure better treatment for himself than any of his nominal superiors.

  • Karan David as Conchita:
  • A young waitress who works at the hotel. Lusted after by several of the characters, she is smitten with Mr. Humphries (whom she makes intensely uncomfortable).

  • Glyn Houston as Cesar Rodriguez:
  • A terrorist with a crush on Mrs. Slocombe.

  • Andrew Sachs as Don Carlos Bernardo:
  • The moderately dishonest hotel manager, and Cesars unwilling accomplice.

  • Derek Griffiths, Nadim Sawalha, and Sheila Steafel as Grace Brothers customers.
  • Penny Irving as Miss Nicholson, Mr. Graces secretary.
  • Raymond Bowers as the barber.
  • Reception

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    Are You Being Served?: The Movie received generally poor reviews, for instance described by DVD Verdicts Michael Stailey as a film that is "guilty of violating almost every law of comedy and film." The film is widely considered to be lacking in originality, plot, and focus. At present, the film holds a 58% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the cutoff for a positive rating is 59%.

    References

    Are You Being Served? (film) Wikipedia
    Are You Being Served? (film) IMDb Are You Being Served? (film) themoviedb.org


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