Rotten to the Core

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Rogues Jelly Knight, Scapa Flood, and Lennie the Dip leave prison expecting boss The Duke to have their stash ready to share out. Instead, Duke's girl Sara gives them the news Duke is dead and the money gone on nursing care. They soon discover that Duke is actually running Hope Springs Nature Clinic with the help of most of the local villains. Very strange - and the nearby army camp and Sara's encouragement of Lieutenant Vine would seem to be no coincidence either.

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  • Feb 26, 2014
    Rated by a mere three Rotten Tomatoes users as of this posting, "Rotten to the Core" is a delightful caper comedy that Ealing/Peter Sellers/Alec Guinness/Terry-Thomas fans are overdue to rediscover. A lack of durable male stars may be the problem here, even if the young Charlotte Rampling has a prime supporting role (she also has a sexy underwear scene that you won't want to miss). John Boulting ("I'm All Right Jack," "Private's Progress," "Brighton Rock," "Heavens Above!") directs with his usual deft timing. There's also a notably sharp theme song, with cynical lyrics about the generation gap rattled over a speedy jazz beat. Three lovable idiots (Kenneth Griffith Is the funniest) are released from prison and seek out their old ringleader "The Duke" (Anton Rodgers, who apparently replaced Sellers). They originally hear he's dead (his gravestone epitaph: "He took things as he found them") but soon find him running a crackpot health clinic where senior citizens are kept sedated with booze disguised as magical healing waters. But the Duke (who pulls some obviously Sellers-like disguises) has a greater scheme in mind. Rampling is a bored child of privilege who serves as his girlfriend and accomplice.
    Eric B Super Reviewer

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