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Foreign Body

If Foreign Body [based on the novel by Roderick Mann] doesn't have quite the comic and narrative richness of Ronald Neame's Ealing Studios classics, this variation on the 'great impostor' plot device is still an unalloyed pleasure to watch.

Cast:
Victor Banerjee Warren Mitchell Geraldine McEwan Denis Quilley Amanda Donohoe Trevor Howard

If Foreign Body [based on the novel by Roderick Mann] doesn’t have quite the comic and narrative richness of Ronald Neame’s Ealing Studios classics, this variation on the ‘great impostor’ plot device is still an unalloyed pleasure to watch.

Built solidly upon a fluid, comic virtuoso performance by Victor Banerjee, the picaresque fable of an impoverished refugee from Calcutta faking it as a doctor to London’s upper crust [in 1975] makes some jaunty points about racism, gullibility and pluck.

Even though he’s a deceiver, sincerity is a bedrock trait of the Foreign Body hero, Ram Das, and Banerjee is free to romp with bug-eyed zaniness through the improbable adventures of this Asian naif abroad.

Foreign Body

US - UK

Production: Neame/Brewer. Director Ronald Neame; Producer Colin M. Brewer; Screenplay Celine La Freniere; Camera Ronnie Taylor; Editor Andrew Nelson; Music Ken Howard; Art Director Roy Stannard

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 108 MIN.

With: Victor Banerjee Warren Mitchell Geraldine McEwan Denis Quilley Amanda Donohoe Trevor Howard

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