Rising Damp (1980)





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Leonard Rossiter stars in the madcap British farce Rising Damp, as Rupert Rigsby, the bigoted and conniving landlord of a dingy flophouse in an unspecified English city. Rupert must contend on a daily basis with a motley group of tenants, including the nymphomaniacal spinster Ruth Jones (Frances de la Tour); Philip (Don Warrington), a black med student who insists that he is actually an African prince with an entire harem of wives; wet-behind-the-ears art student John (Christopher Strauli); and the dapper gold digger Seymour (Denholm Elliott). This film was actually a theatrical spin-off of a U.K. television series that ran from 1974 to 1978; Richard Beckinsale (father of Kate) had a key role in the original series but died in 1979, hence his absence from the movie.
Comedy , Television
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Black Lion Films


Leonard Rossiter
as Rupert Rigsby
Frances De La Tour
as Miss Jones
Carrie Jones
as Sandra
Glynn Edwards
as Cooper
John Cater
as Bert
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Audience Reviews for Rising Damp

Probably not the series by any stretch, but one gets the impression that enough of Rising Damp: The Movie approximates that marvelously funny show that those who love the original will no doubt enjoy this final go-around for the original cast, while newcomers might be spurred to seek out the original.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

First of all, I loved the show. But the movie is a fail. They basically recycled a ton of material from the show and made it unfunny. They seemed to have dismissed the actual events in the series' four seasons in favor of starting over from the beginning without really putting any originality into it. I think they just dusted off a few old scripts and plopped scenes from them into the movie. Very disappointing. Still, I recommend the show. It has a great ensemble cast and is actually funny!

Sarah Hanna
Sarah Hanna

The TV show was a classic but spin off movies from British TV series are usually pretty bad - this one, however, is surprisingly good. The bigger budget allowed for some location scenes which did add a little that was absent from the TV show and the characters and traditions are generally treated with respect. Certainly no insult to the memory of a fine show.

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