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The Old Crowd

Six Plays by Alan Bennett: The Old Crowd

Directed by Lindsay Anderson
United Kingdom, 1979
Drama, TV Movie


A middle-aged couple find their house move doesn’t go according to plan with no furniture yet arrived and toilets not yet flushing. Despite these setbacks they decide to hold a house warming party.

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The Old Crowd Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Critics reviews

What sounds like the dialogue of a social comedy about paranoid middle-class people becomes for Anderson, affirming their fears with every choice he makes, a study of people who are panicking too little. The kind of solipsistic overreaction in which a character takes a pile-up of small irritations thwarting their plans as indicating society’s collapse, seems here to be simply Anderson’s worldview.
December 14, 2017
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  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Old Crowd

    Since middle-class bashing is something of a pastime for both director and writer, this should have been a bonanza (or jamboree more likely). Instead it's a ponderously laboured 'state of the nation' diatribe - the cracks appearing in the ceiling most crassly - and indulgently meta-fictional to limited effect. Why use a scalpel when a meat cleaver will do? A presage to Britannia Hospital - even more crudely sliced.

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