George and Mildred (film)

George and Mildred is a 1980 British comedy film directed by Peter Frazer Jones.[1] It was an adaptation of the television series of the same name, with Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy reprising their roles as the two title characters.[2] It was written by Dick Sharples.[1]

George and Mildred
British quad poster by Tom Beauvais
Directed byPeter Frazer Jones
Produced byRoy Skeggs
Written byDick Sharples
Based onGeorge and Mildred
by Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke
StarringYootha Joyce
Brian Murphy
Stratford Johns
Norman Eshley
Sheila Fearn
Kenneth Cope
David Barry
Music byLes Reed
CinematographyFrank Watts
Edited byPeter Weatherley
Release date
1980
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Synopsis

Mildred is keen to ascertain whether or not her husband George has remembered their 27th wedding anniversary. Needless to say, he has not. When he finally remembers, he books a table at the restaurant where he first proposed to Mildred. But to his horror, he discovers on arrival that it has been turned into a greasy spoon café run by Hells Angels style bikers. Mildred then decides that she and George will celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary in style at the plush, world famous London hotel - however unhappy George might be at the cost involved. But on arrival, George is mistaken for a ruthless hit-man by a shady businessman (Stratford Johns), who wants a rival eliminated.

Reception

Released shortly after the death of star Yootha Joyce (who died on 24 August 1980), the film was neither a commercial nor a critical success.[3] One critic has described the film as "one of the worst films ever made in Britain . . . so strikingly bad, it seems to have been assembled with a genuine contempt for its audience."[4] A writer for The Guardian stated that the film's failure marked "the death knell" for the 1970s British practice of producing motion picture spinoffs based on sitcoms.[5] The film aired on television on Christmas Day 1980, only a couple of months after its theatrical release.[6]

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