A Private Function

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Movie Info

In the summer of 1947, Britain prepares to commemorate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. To get around food-rationing laws, Dr. Charles Swaby (Denholm Elliott), accountant Henry Allardyce (Richard Griffiths) and solicitor Frank Lockwood (John Normington) are fattening a black-market pig for the big day. Egged on by his wife (Maggie Smith), meek Gilbert Chilvers (Michael Palin) steals the swine, but the couple must conceal it from inspector Morris Wormold (Bill Paterson).

Cast & Crew

Michael Palin
Gilbert Chilvers
Maggie Smith
Joyce Chilvers
Denholm Elliott
Dr. Charles Swaby
Liz Smith
Joyce's Mother
Richard Griffiths
Henry Allardyce the Accountant
John Normington
Frank Lockwood the Solicitor
Bill Paterson
Morris Wormold the Meat Inspector
Tony Haygarth
Leonard Sutcliff the Farmer
Alison Steadman
Mrs. Allardyce
Pete Postlethwaite
Douglas J. Nuttol the Butcher
George Harrison
Executive Producer
Denis O'Brien
Executive Producer
Tony Pierce-Roberts
Cinematographer
Barrie Vince
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Critic Reviews for A Private Function

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Audience Reviews for A Private Function

  • Aug 10, 2012
    A woman with social climbing aspirations compels her husband to steal a pig from rich people despite the town's food rationing program. This film is chuckle-funny, scattering a few witty moments. The supporting players, especially Richard Griffiths and the great Maggie Smith, are most responsible for the film's good scenes while Michael Palin doesn't do anything extraordinary to create a discernible character, quite unlike his <i>Python</i> work. Thematically, it's hard to tell what this film is satirizing. It's clear that class is at issue; the upper class characters act ridiculously, and Joyce's societal aspirations seem senseless as a result. But what is going on with the socialist food rationing? Is the film satirizing socialism? The answers to these questions aren't entirely clear. Overall, good for a few yuks, <i>A Private Function</i> isn't a bad film, but it's ultimately disappointing considering the overwhelming talent of its stars.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2011
    A fun little movie about a couple trying to make it in society during hard times. Love Liz Smith as always along with the rest of the cast.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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