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Doing Time (1979)

Porridge (original title)
This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ... See full summary »

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Dick Clement
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronnie Barker ... Fletcher
Richard Beckinsale ... Lennie
Fulton Mackay ... Mackay
Brian Wilde ... Barrowclough
Peter Vaughan ... Harry Grout
Julian Holloway ... Bainbridge
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Governor
Christopher Godwin Christopher Godwin ... Beal
Barrie Rutter ... Oakes
Daniel Peacock Daniel Peacock ... Rudge
Sam Kelly ... Warren
Ken Jones Ken Jones ... Ives
Philip Locke ... Banyard
Gorden Kaye ... Dines (as Gordon Kaye)
Oliver Smith ... McMillan
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Storyline

This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the prisoners and an all-star celebrity team. Fletcher is unaware that the match is only a diversion so that an escape can take place. When Fletcher and his cell mate Lennie stumble on the escape, they are taken along, and find themselves having to break back into prison to avoid getting into trouble. Written by measham

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Doing Time See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie came out after the sequel Going Straight (1978) had finished, but it is set before with Fletcher in the same prison as the original series. See more »

Goofs

HM Prison Slade's interiors looks a bit different from the TV series since they were filmed in a real jail, HMP Chelmsford, which was empty at the time. The prison interiors in the series were filmed in Elstree Studios, on a specially created set. See more »

Quotes

Mackay: [During the football game Godber jumps up to head the ball, instead he misses, falls backwards and bangs his head on the goalpost causing him to fall over]
[MacKay holds up one finger]
Mackay: How many fingers am I holding up?
Godber: You can't fool me sir, five.
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Connections

References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Sweet Sweet
(uncredited)
Written by Colin Stewart, Paul Stewart and Robert Freeman
Performed by Plain Sailing
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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Worth doing time for!
25 March 2004 | by nmk2002ukSee all my reviews

Finally got this on disk the other month. And it was worth the wait. As an avid Porridge and Ronnie Barker fan, I thought the film done justice to a really funny series. Other movie spin offs have been mundane(On the Buses, for example), but this one was well written and well acted. Starring the original cast from the series (apart from Christopher Biggins), it continued Norman Stanley Fletcher's fight against the system. Even though it did contain a couple of jokes from the program, its a mere overlook to a really funny film. Even Fletcher with his little scams (McKays teeth bein gone example) have trasferred well to the big screen version. This is one film you wouldn't want to do time!


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