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The Ladykillers (1955)

Cast: Alec Guinness, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, more...
Director: Alexander Mackendrick, Alexander Mackendrick
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Classics, Comedies, Foreign, Black Comedy, British Comedy, Classic Comedy, Classic Comedy, UK
Running Time: 91 min.
Languages: English, French
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Music professor Alec Guinness rents a London flat from sweet old lady Katie Johnson. He tells her that, from time to time, several other musicians will visit in order to rehearse. In truth, Guinness can't play a note, nor can his visitors: he's a criminal mastermind, holding court over a gang of thieves, including the likes of punkish Peter Sellers, homicidal Herbert Lom and punchdrunk Danny Green. The gang uses Guinness' flat as headquarters as they conceive a daring 60,000 pound robbery. After pulling off the job, the gang stuffs the loot in a railway station locker. To avoid detection, Guinness convinces the ever-trusting Johnson to pick up the money. Through a series of comic complications, Johnson returns home with a police escort, with neither the woman nor the bobbies suspecting that she's carrying a fortune in her suitcase. Mistakenly believing that Johnson has ratted on them, the gang reluctantly plans to eliminate her. The Ladykillers won an Oscar nomination for William Rose's screenplay, and a BFA award for veteran character actress Johnson. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Fun, fun in surprising ways. by KThibedeau January 24, 2005 - 1:46 PM PST
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The contrast of the little old lady and crooks was remarkable. The characters were so bad contrasted to her good, yet they were inept. The actors were famous, but their grotesque appearance added to the interestl.

Like stabbing yourself in the eyes by dojothemouse January 23, 2005 - 9:56 PM PST
1 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This is a "comedy" in the same way that Meet the Fockers is a comedy: it hurts to watch, so it has to be funny, right? The little old ladies are being insufferable again! What a riot! Look, she stepped on his scarf, and he can't get free! Look, it happened again! And she keeps talking so much that he can't get a word in! For ten minutes at a time!

If anxiety comedy is your thing, and you enjoy frustration, look no further.

Best of British by markh July 16, 2004 - 2:18 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
One of the finest films ever made a jem from start to finish. My only wish is that School for Scoundrels was avalable on DVD over here, the equal of this movie though not as dark.
Do not even consider not renting this film it should be on everyones list the powers of Green Cine should make it part of your joining. I've not seen the re-make but why reinvent the wheel this has the lot. Rent it NOW!!!!

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In 1999 the BFI surveyed 1000 people from the world of UK film and television to produce this list. A few of the selected films were wholly or partly produced by non-UK companies, but but were perceived by voters as having significant British involvement
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