The Admirable Crichton DVD
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Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Produced in 1957
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Adapted from J.M. Barrie's gentle assault on the British class system, this handsome adaptation does an estimable job of transferring the popular play to the screen.
It should be acknowledged, however, that gritty realism is not high on the agenda: there can't be many aristocrats who take their entire households with them as they cruise on their yacht. But that's just what Lord Loam (Parker) does, until a spot of inclement weather causes a shipwreck. Marooned on a deserted island, the toffs find themselves unable to cope. Happily, their butler Crichton (More) is on hand to attend to their needs. But as they acclimatise to island life, a new social order emerges.
Blessed with resources that a provincial rep director could only dream about, Lewis Gilbert delights in revealing an island paradise the play could only suggest. But his greatest asset is his talented cast. Kenneth More could do this sort of thing in his sleep, although he's wide awake here, delivering one of his best performances. Charming and witty, this is a small gem.
Comedy based on James Barrie's classic play in which Kenneth More's English butler, shipwrecked with his employers, resourcefully leads them in their attempts to survive.
Publisher: Sony Pictures
Length: 90 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 7th September 2009
Cat No: CDR11724
Subtitles: Hard of Hearing - English
“A Pure Gem.”
by Malcolm James on 25th March 2010
This picture was on at the local seaside picturehouse when I was a kid. I saw it and fell in love with Sally Ann Howes. Its a great story with a great music score and ... Read on
This picture was on at the local seaside picturehouse when I was a kid. I saw it and fell in love with Sally Ann Howes. Its a great story with a great music score and a host of British supporting actors. Hide
by Paul Edgerton on 2nd September 2009
I fell in love with this film the first time I saw it, many years ago now. The story, cast, music & acting are very special and I'm delighted that it's finally about t... Read on
I fell in love with this film the first time I saw it, many years ago now. The story, cast, music & acting are very special and I'm delighted that it's finally about to be released.
Without doubt one of my favourite films and one I'd want with me if I were shipwrecked on an island.