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Rotten to the Core

Bigtime crime is the main target of the Boulting Brothers' latest piece of satirical joshing, with army and police figuring in the story. It provides a reasonable ration of yocks and amusing situations but these have to struggle against some dim passages. The Boulting Brothers' knives are less sharp than customary.

With:
Anton Rodgers Eric Sykes Charlotte Rampling Ian Bannen Avis Bunnage Dudley Sutton

Bigtime crime is the main target of the Boulting Brothers’ latest piece of satirical joshing, with army and police figuring in the story. It provides a reasonable ration of yocks and amusing situations but these have to struggle against some dim passages. The Boulting Brothers’ knives are less sharp than customary.

Idea hinges on the appeal of Prime Minister Harold Wilson to adapt scientific methods to 1965 big business and industry. And this the Boultings have applied to the activities of a gang of crooks whose young boss (Anton Rodgers) has set his beady eye on hijacking an army payroll worth nearly $3 million. Rodgers, known as ‘Duke,’ assembles his gang under the front of running a health resort hospital near the army camp.

Rodgers shows versatility in four or five characterizations but it needed a comedy character actor to dominate the laugh sequences. Eric Sykes is largely wasted in the role of a private eye, which fails to jell.

The Boultings put their faith in an unknown girl (Charlotte Rampling) as the Duke’s moll. She is quite easy on the eye but lacks the experience and personality.

Rotten to the Core

UK

Production: BLC/Boulting. Director John Boulting; Producer Roy Boulting; Screenplay Jeffrey Dell, Roy Boulting, John Warren, Len Heath; Camera Freddie Young; Editor Teddy Darvas; Music Michael Dress; Art Director Alex Vetchinsky

Crew: (B&W) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: Anton Rodgers Eric Sykes Charlotte Rampling Ian Bannen Avis Bunnage Dudley Sutton

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