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The Ladykillers Reviews

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½ May 14, 2014
A fabulous black comedy from Ealing Studios featuring a first class cast and wonderful direction from Alexander Mackendrick.
½ March 12, 2014
One of the best British comedies ever made, and one of the best made anywhere, at any time. There is a element of Dickens running through the writing, setting (minus the cars and telephones) and characterisation. As enjoyable today as it was in the mid-fifties.
March 11, 2014
Ancient British silliness!! Peter Sellers looks about 16 in it!!
February 10, 2014
A joy to watch and the ending will have you in stitches. Would like to watch it again and again.
½ January 3, 2014
Original - a comedy thriller you can fall in love with.
December 6, 2013
Arguably one of the most delightful comedies ever to come out of Ealing Studios, Alexander Mackendrick's joyous crime caper is a must-see for all lovers of British Cinema. Armed with wide eyes and ill-fitting dentures, Alec Guiness is at his very best and William Rose's charming screenplay is a sturdy template, forever to be revered by all writers of hapless robbery comedy.
Between Katie Johnson's persistent puttering, Guiness & Co's malicious musings and Rose's plot development tomfoolery, there's scarcely a single thing here one can grow tired of.
½ November 23, 2013
Enjoyable and entertaining. Not "funny haha" but silly and charming (with a hint of dark humour).
Super Reviewer
September 19, 2013
Ealing studio at its best. An ensemble cast to die for and an ode to that British love affair with campy whodunnits that has been sending flying kisses down from the silver screens to willing audiences for decaded. A tattery old lady, a gentleman thief and his gang of thugs ... a recipe for the perfect comedy ! Charming indeed.
½ June 26, 2013
Very funny. Not as good as the remake. The Coen brothers knocked this story out of the park. Tom Hanks was brilliant in the remake. Sir Alec was quite good in this film though. It's worth seeing.
June 3, 2013
very funny...guinness like you've never seen him before...........
½ June 3, 2013
Una deliciosa introduccion a las comedias de losestudios Eiling: el mas puro humor negro se apodera de esta historia acerca de 5 maleantes que deciden robar un camion de seguridad ocultandose bajo la apariencia de apacibles musicos en la casa de una anciana en apariencia inofensiva. Alec Guiness ofrece un papel lleno de maldad y Katie Johnson encarna a la perfeccion a la venerable y encorvada Mrs. Wilberforce. Con Peter Sellers y Herbert Lom antes de ser el inspector Clouseau y el Comisionado.
May 22, 2013
The final Ealing Studios produced British comedy and one of its most famous. A crime ring plans a heist in the house of a scrupulous old lady. But when the hit is over and the lady finds out about it, the men are forced to kill her - a task easier said than done. Good witty screenplay and a great acting showcase, with Alec Guinness standing out as the shifty gang leader. The colour photography is very nice.
January 8, 2013
The perfect heist is patiently planned by a prodigious master-mind; he then hires an average gang and hides out in room rented by a polite, but curious, pensioner. The gang slowly destroys itself trying to protect this little old lady from the truth of their operation. When she begins to suspect something is afoot, it's them or her! Similar basic idea as "Lavender Hill Gang", but completely different direction of plot (professional thieves) and genre (comedy).

Peter Sellers first co-starring role, with Herbert Lom who would play Sellers' boss in the Clouseau films. Alec Guinness (Obi-wan Kenobi) is great as the toothy genius. A classic worth watching year after year!
½ December 30, 2012
My only real issue with this is that there just aren't enough laughs, it's not without charm though.
December 14, 2012
Great film, with some of the finest British actors to ever walk the planet. Remake was good too.
December 7, 2012
''I always think the windows are the eyes of a house, and didn't someone say the eyes are the windows of the soul?''

Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Alec Guinness: Professor Marcus

Peter Sellers: Harry

Funny black comedy classic, Alec Guinness is amazing once again in yet another film that showed his chameleonic powers as an Actor, alongside with Peter Sellers who are completely in their element providing laughs galore, with the ultimate adversary... A seemingly sweet old lady who is more of a threat than perceived.

As they accidentally get picked off, it will have you roaring with laughter at the antics.

The original is far superior to its remake shockingly by The Coen Brothers is truly awful. (Hide boys :P).

Mrs. Louisa Wilberforce
''May I ask you where you studied?''

One Round
''...Well, I didn't really study any place, Lady... I just sort of... picked it up.''
December 1, 2012
The Coen brothers' remake is actually one of my most hated films, but the original was, surprisingly, quite a delightful black comedy. The absurd plot was better handled, and the acting was a lot more enjoyable in this one. Also helps that the word ''fuck'' isn't in the script, whereas I remember the remake used it like it was a necessary part of constructing a sentence or something. I do hate the old hag that plays Mrs. Wilberforce in this, though. Thought she was a very annoying character. Considered one of the best comedies ever. It's alright. ''The Ladykillers'' ranks #13 on the British Film Institute's Top 100 films list from 1999.
½ December 1, 2012
Alec Guinness is a twisted mastermind. Peter Sellers a cheap hood Teddy drape coat DA and crepe shoes. Very british humor.
November 30, 2012
delightfully foolish n fun british crime caper pic
October 2, 2012
Everyone is brilliant in this, all the way down the cast tp Alec Guinesss' fake teeth.
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