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The Dollar Bottom (1981)

G | | Short | February 1981 (UK)
Light-hearted tale about an enterprising Edinburgh boarding school boy who sets up an insurance scheme for fellow pupils in 1953 against getting caned, which quickly earns him a small fortune

Director:

Roger Christian

Writers:

James Kennaway (short story), Shane Connaughton (screenplay)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Headmaster
Rikki Fulton Rikki Fulton ... Karl
Jonathan McNeil Jonathan McNeil ... Taylor 2
Angus Kittler Reid Angus Kittler Reid ... Graham (as Angus Reid)
Iain Andrew Iain Andrew ... Browne
David Bullion David Bullion ... Macadam
Martin Thom Martin Thom ... Macbeth
Neil Crossan Neil Crossan ... Knox
John Field John Field ... Hepburn
Peter Adair Peter Adair ... Moncrieff
David Mowat David Mowat ... Porter
Ruth Munroe Ruth Munroe ... Mrs. Maclaren
Alexander Bell Alexander Bell ... Schoolboy
Robin Gow Robin Gow ... Schoolboy (as Robin Gowe)
Bruce Barrons Bruce Barrons ... Schoolboy
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Light-hearted tale about an enterprising Edinburgh boarding school boy who sets up an insurance scheme for fellow pupils in 1953 against getting caned, which quickly earns him a small fortune

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Genres:

Short

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1981 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Penneissä miljoonan alku See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Lovely, memorable short film
27 October 2011 | by sommv-2See all my reviews

As other reviewers of this film have noted - it was memorable. I saw this film every time I went to see Raiders of the Lost Ark when it was first released in Australia. This short was shown at every session (I don't know why). However, as I saw "Raiders" numerous times - I also saw The Dollar Bottom a lot. It was a clever film with great performances from the child actors and I would love to see it again. I have remembered it all these years and think that is testament to how well made it was and the clever story. As already stated it was the story of an English boarding school and the student who decides to start an insurance scheme for caning (a common practice in the school). I cannot remember all the details of the story but suffice to say it was an entertaining short and well deserving of the awards it won.


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