Britannia Hospital is a witty, unsparing expose of British manners and mores.

Britannia Hospital is a witty, unsparing expose of British manners and mores.

The film revolves around a strike at a hospital where a royal personage is expected. This gives rise to union complaints about privileges showered on monied notables when the National Health system was supposed to make medicine equally available for all.

Medics’ own misuse of National Health funds is pilloried in no uncertain style. A mad doctor experiments, from funds meant for socialized medicine, to create Frankenstein-type creatures.

A zealous reporter with a small video camera sneaks in to tape the mad doctor’s creature-building only to end up as the head of the Frankenstein figure.

Through it all, the hospital director tries to cope with typical British phlegm, assured by a Scotland Yard top cop that crowds and unions will be kept in check.

Malcolm McDowell is rightly overacting as the reporter who loses his head. Leonard Rossiter copes staunchly as the beset hospital director. Marsha Hunt, Jill Bennett and Joan Plowright do fine cameo work as nurse, doctor and the union head.

Britannia Hospital

UK

Production

EMI/General. Director Lindsay Anderson; Producer Davina Belling, Clive Parsons; Screenplay David Sherwin; Camera Mike Fash; Editor Michael Ellis; Music Alan Price; Art Director Norris Spencer

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 115 MIN.

With

Leonard Rossiter Graham Crowden Malcolm McDowell Joan Plowright Jill Bennett Marsha Hunt
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