Rotten to the Core (film)

Rotten to the Core is a 1965 British comedy film directed by John Boulting, and co-written and produced by his brother Roy Boulting. It stars Anton Rodgers, Charlotte Rampling, Eric Sykes and Ian Bannen.

Rotten to the Core
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Directed byJohn Boulting
Produced byRoy Boulting
Written byRoy Boulting
Jeffrey Dell
Len Heath
John Warren
StarringAnton Rodgers
Charlotte Rampling
Eric Sykes
Ian Bannen
Music byMichael Dress
CinematographyFreddie Young
Edited byTeddy Darvas
Distributed byBritish Lion
Release date
14 July 1965 UK
Running time
89 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom


Upon finishing a prison sentence, a trio of crooks immediately go in search of their one-time leader, known as "The Duke", who was supposed to safeguard their share of the money which was never recovered. However, the Duke's girlfriend Sara tells them the Duke is dead and the money is long gone. Later, the gang discover that she's lying, and that the Duke has set up a bogus spa, the Hope Springs Nature Clinic, where he is planning a major heist with some criminal cronies.[1]



The film was based on an original idea by Roy Boulting which he got when recuperating from a broken neck in 1964. "Call it a cynical comment on organised thievery today," he said. Filming started in February 1965 at Shepperton Studios. They deliberately used little known actors in the film.[2]

Critical reception

  • Time Out wrote the film had "some mildly funny moments, but most of the jokes are laboriously set up and loudly telegraphed."[3]
  • Variety wrote Anton Rodgers "shows versatility in four or five characterizations...(But) the Boulting Brothers’ knives are less sharp than customary."[4]


  1. "Rotten-to-the-Core - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  2. Focus on 'Rotten' Crime in Britain By A.H. WEILER. New York Times 28 Feb 1965: X9
  3. "Rotten to the Core | review, synopsis, book tickets, showtimes, movie release date | Time Out London". Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  4. "Rotten to the Core". Variety. 31 December 1964. Retrieved 10 March 2014.

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