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Britannia Hospital

Britannia Hospital

Lindsay Anderson’s third ‘Mick Travis’ movie is a crazy comedy eager to overstep lines of cinematic decorum. Britain in 1982 is a country at war with itself, torn by elitist snobbery and working-class revolt. Union grievances cripple the functioning of a major public hospital, on a day when the Queen is set to visit. A huge comic cast grapples with satire that reaches beyond cynicism to express total dysfunction. And the comedy has a wicked sting in its tail: Graham Crowden’s mad-as-a-hatter scientist has diverted National Health funds into grisly experiments with human body parts. The ‘visionary’ maniac spills more blood than Peter Cushing and Sam Peckinpah, put together.

Britannia Hospital

Region B Blu-ray

Powerhouse Indicator

1982 / Color / 1:85 widescreen/ 117 (111) min. / Street Date June 29, 2020 / available from Powerhouse Films UK / £15.99

Starring: Leonard Rossiter, Vivian Pickles, Graham Crowden, Jill Bennett,

Marsha A. Hunt, Joan Plowright, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Hamill.

Cinematography: Mike Fash

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