The Optimists


The Optimists

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In this family oriented comedy-drama, an aged vaudevillian residing in the London slums earns a small pittance by performing on street-corners with his dog. There, he and two orphaned urchins become great friends.

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Marjorie Yates
as Chrissie Ellis
David Daker
as Bob Ellis
Katyana Kass
as Ellis Baby
Patricia Brake
as Dog's Home Secretary
Michael Graham Cox
as Park Keeper
Hilary Pritchard
as Laundry Ladies
Bruce Purchase
as Park Policeman
Bernie Searl
as Dustman
Tommy Wright
as Dustman
Pat Ashton
as Mrs. Bonini
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Critic Reviews for The Optimists

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

  • It all sounds like goo, and the film's last half-hour verges perilously close. But even at its worst The Optimists is acceptable family fare, and for much of its first 80 minutes it engagingly achieves a sense of fantasy.

    Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • The sort of old-fashioned excursion into sentiment that ought to warm the hearts of parents in search of that elusive piece of merchandise that goes under the name of good family entertainment.

    Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • At least you feel that Simmons has continually avoided the easy way out, and that should be enough to counteract any feelings of unease.

    Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The movie has the vacant sentimentality and just the sort of grinding winsomeness that can make family movies such a chore.

    Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The crotchety old gent is played by Peter Sellers in a performance that has more discipline and skill than this actor has shown in years.

    Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An underrated film with an excellent performance by Sellers.

    Feb 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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