Rising Damp (1980)
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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.
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!
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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