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Carry on Dick
Carry on Dick
Actors: Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Butterworth, John Clive, Brian Coburn, Kenneth Connor
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
R     2008     1hr 25min

Asian pressing DVD (code 3 but inspected to be all code) of 1968 film directed by the successful English filmmaker, best known for the 'Carry On' series (the Carry On pictures abound with anachronistic and technical gaffes...  more »


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Actors: Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Butterworth, John Clive, Brian Coburn, Kenneth Connor
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Studio: Panorama
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 06/24/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
Edition: Import
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Carrying on the tradition.
Matthew McWilliams | 12/10/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This should be a satisfying film for fans of the genre, especially those who enjoyed the historical Carry on's such as "Don't Lose Your Head". There is more smut than in earlier entries, but this 1974 film contains the last Carry On performances of Sid James (brilliant as "Reverend Flasher"), Hattie Jaques and Barbara Windsor and should be seen for them. There is admirable attention to creating the story's period and plenty of blue humour."
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One of the last triumphs of the long running British comedy series. Many critics said that the Carry On series always scored best when re-working a piece of history into comedy. They could well be right! The notorious highway man Dick Turpin is cleverly disguised as the Reverend of a church in a quiet village. However the Bow Street Runners led by captain Desmond Fancy (KENNETH WILLIAMS) are dertermined to bring his reign to an end.Less action than there is normally but the scripts hold a considreable amount of laughs despite yet again being stuffed full of double entrendres. The cast are all looking a bit older now but are all as loveable than ever and all play there parts professionally with particularly good players being SID JAMES, BARBARA WINDSOR, KENNETH WILLIAMS and PETER BUTTERWORTH. JOAN SIMS is of good value too as the saucy Madame Desiree who's delightfully plummy French accent slides occasionally into a broad cockney accent. Great stuff! HATTIE JAQUES is very good too as is BERNARD BRESSLAW but JAQUES, SIMS and BRESSLAW are given very limited screen time yet their essential contibutions are effective,regardless! This was a sad end of a golden era - many would say this was the end of the Carry On series as this was SID JAMES', BARBARA WINDSORS' and HATTIE JAQUES' final appearance in a Carry On film and the series went into rapid decline afterwards even though the series managed one more notworthy entry - CARRY ON BEHIND (1975) - even though this bombed badly at the Box Ofice charts. After that the series was nothing but a shadow of its former self and the momentum was lost and was then deemed as too old fashioned to simply carry on anymore. Sadly SID JAMES died in 1976 of a heart attack whilst on stage (just over a year of this Carry On) and then HATTIE JAQUES in 1980, thus leaving a gap in the series that could not and never will be filled! So if your looking for a good Carry On then this is defintley one of those and incidentallywas one of the most financially succesful entries in the series. Recommended!"
Dismal recording quality
it | Sunnyvale, CA USA | 08/07/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This WHAM! USA production has the usual technical defects. The audio is at such a low level you will have to turn your TV set to full volume to get a small sound out of the speakers. The scenes vibrate vertically whenever there is a step in brightness between two parts of the scene that are vertically related with each other.

The program content is one of the least funny of the Carry On movies."
Oh! What a Carry On
Junglies | Morrisville, NC United States | 06/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Carry On films ran for many years in Britain, and were often repeated on British television much as the James Bond films are now.

The essence of the films was based on an old tradition: the saucy postcard which families on holiday would send back to friends, relatives and neighbours back home. Often these cards would be smutty in nature and based on innuendo rather than upfront comments.

The Carry On films raised thi to an entire new level, introducing such novelties as using homosexuality and effiminity as sources of comedy and making fun of traditional working class escapades which had been mainstays after the war.

Once these were exhausted the Carry On teams turned to mine the rich history of Britain and turn out some novel ways to interpret the same.

Carry On Dick is the result of such mining, using the innuendo of bad language and the venacular of body parts and social interactions to great effect. Sid James is both saint and sinner in his roles as Vicar and Dick Turpin in this romp through the dark days when highwaymen wrought havoc on Britain's roadways.

Sadly, today, most of this humour would be frowned upon for the lack of political correctness which many would find offensive, but this would be to miss the point. The Carry On films served more to send up everyone including themselves and whilst it could not be considered good clean fun, it nevertheless sent a message that advocated more openness about sexuality and sexual preferences. Challenging prejudices was another aspect of these movies and Hattie Jaques was often the representation of middle class repressed Britain trying to safeguard the nation's morals.

Vulgar...yes, funny...yes, politically but I continue to enjoy these movies as I believe that they force the viewer to challenge their own preconceived views of the world."