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Cor, Blimey! (2000)

Dramatisation of the love affair between Sidney James and Barbara Windsor, played out against the backdrop of the 'Carry On' films during the 1960s and 1970s.

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Terry Johnson

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Terry Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Defferary Jacqueline Defferary ... Sally
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... Sid James
David McAlister ... Gerald Thomas
Jason Round Jason Round ... Clapper Loader
Adam Godley ... Kenneth Williams
Steve Speirs ... Bernard Bresslaw
Hugh Walters Hugh Walters ... Charles Hawtrey
Samantha Spiro ... Barbara Windsor
Alan Barnes Alan Barnes ... 1st Assistant Director
Maria Charles Maria Charles ... Charlie's Mum
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Joan Sims
Louise Delamere ... Imogen
Alice Bailey Johnson ... Alice
Derek Howard Derek Howard ... Kenneth Connor
Richard Vanstone Richard Vanstone ... Alf
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Star actors in the popular British 'Carry On' screen farces Sid James and Kenneth Williams have disliked each other since they acted on radio in the mid-1950s. Ten years later the feud still continues. Chirpy young actress Barbara Windsor arrives to appear in the series and Sid, though married, pursues her. Believing that he will be satisfied after a one night stand Barbara goes with him but this is the start of an affair which will last until the mid 1970s, shortly before Sid's death whilst touring in a play. After Sid's demise Kenneth assures Barbara that she was not responsible and she, in turn, encourages him to enjoy life more. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2000 (UK) See more »

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Company Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Joan Sims, Jack Douglas and Liz Fraser were among the Carry On stars who criticised this film, and the National Theatre play it was based on, for falsely portraying Sidney James as drunken and lecherous. Barbara Windsor, however, gave the project her approval and plays herself in the final scene. See more »

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During the latter part of the film, which is set in 1976, Sid's wardrobe assistant says she has been asked to take part in the making of the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, which was made in 1967. See more »

Quotes

Kenneth Williams: This bloody script is just one long relentless stream of badly written jokes cobbled together with disdain for the actors and complete contempt for the audience. One of the most morally and aesthetically offensive pieces of work I think I've ever read. I think I'll just camp it up.
Barbara Windsor: That's what I admire about you, Kenny. Always searching for an original approach.
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References Cleopatra (1963) See more »

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Successful blend of Carry On humour and drama
17 July 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Covering the Carry On films of the 1960's with Cleo, Camping, Girls and Girls, Cor Blimey follows the affair between Sid James and Barbara Windsor. Taking years before anything happens, Windsor generally avoids the pitfall that is James' infamous libido but tongues are wagging on top of all the usual bickering and cat-fighting behind the scenes in the Carry On team.

BBC2 did a recent night on the Carry On films that featured a few films and a few documentaries, among them this film that manages to be a bit of both. Based on Terry Johnson's play, the film presents a story similar to the "behind the scenes" dramas that BBC2 have done recently focusing on Kenneth Williams, Frankie Howerd and Steptoe & Son but also delivered in the cheeky style of the Carry On films themselves. Watching it I thought that this approach would prevent the film getting to the heart of the characters and that it would be too jokey to produce real pathos. It may not totally get there but it does work surprisingly well as it manages to mix the styles reasonably well, even if the first half has the majority of the comedy and the second half more of the drama. Both work well though and I found the film to be both entertaining and engaging. Directing his own script, Johnson produces the look and feel of the period and the films and is responsible for getting the mix right.

The cast respond well to this with performances that are much more than just impressions. Most of them only bear a passing resemblance to the real people but they all do well with the voices, however the real success is in how good their performances are. After a short while you forget the differences and soon you are sold on the actors as the real thing. Spiro's Windsor is good bringing out the frustrated pull out of the bubbling exterior. She works well with Hutchings, who also slowly turns his lecherous character into something more human, pained and engaging. The support cast are just that but yet has generally strong turns. Godley's Williams is of particular note but Walters, Cotterill, Speirs and Howard all do their characters justice.

I watched Cor, Blimey with no great expectations but it turned out to be a great little film that all Carry On fans will enjoy. It successfully brings the pathos and emotion out of a funnier first half without it being jarring or seeming unnatural but indeed matches the feel of the films and the period to good effect. Carry On lovers should watch it but it is also good enough to win over the casual viewer with only a passing interest.


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