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Lavender Hill Mob

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Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
9.50 /10
Alec Guinness , Stanley Holloway , Sidney James
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Directed by: Charles Crichton
Written by: T.E.B. Clarke

Released: 1951
Genre: CRIME
Origin: GB
Colour: BW
Length: 78

Bullion robbers (Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway) plan the perfect crime.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Perfection. Brilliantly written, directed and acted, this must surely rank among the funniest films of all time. It's also an effective little thriller. Anarchic in spirit (we sympathise with Guinness's criminality because he's such an underdog), this harmless Ealing comedy was banned in Hungary, Czechoslovakia and (by an obscure arm of the British government, the Native Film Censorship Board) in Northern Rhodesia. According to Hansard, the British minister concerned, one John Profumo, told the Commons "the film was declared unsuitable for African audiences because it contained scenes judged likely to encourage disrespect of law and order." Hansard records that this announcement was greeted with laughter. Watch out for bit-part player Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene.

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