Review: ‘Spring and Port Wine’

Set in the mill area of Lancashire and its moors (though lacking most of the cliche Lancashire gags and mannerisms), this is the story [from the play by Bill Naughton] of a generation clash in a small family and the points of view of both parents and children are fairly, compassionately and interestingly brought out.

Set in the mill area of Lancashire and its moors (though lacking most of the cliche Lancashire gags and mannerisms), this is the story [from the play by Bill Naughton] of a generation clash in a small family and the points of view of both parents and children are fairly, compassionately and interestingly brought out.

James Mason plays the patriarch of the family, a kindly but stubborn man who brings up his family with a startling strictness. Remembering his own youth he is determined the house he reigns over shall not be such a mess.

Chief rebel is the high-spirited Susan George whose refusal to eat a herring for tea sparks off a handful of situations that remind Mason that ‘you can spend a lifetime creating a family and break it up in a weekend.’

Spring and Port Wine

UK

Production

Memorial. Director Peter Hammond; Producer Michael Medwin; Screenplay Bill Naughton; Camera Norman Warwick; Editor Fergus McDonell; Music Douglas Gamley; Art Director Reece Pemberton

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

James Mason Susan George Diana Coupland Rodney Bewes Hannah Gordon Len Jones

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