Three Men in a Boat (1975 film)

Three Men in a Boat is a 1975 BBC comedy film adapted by Tom Stoppard, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Tim Curry, Michael Palin, and Stephen Moore. It is based on the 1889 novel Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.

Three Men in a Boat
DVD cover.
Based onThree Men in a Boat
by Jerome K. Jerome
Written byTom Stoppard
Directed byStephen Frears
StarringTim Curry
Michael Palin
Stephen Moore
Narrated byTim Curry
Music byDavid Fanshawe
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Rosemary Hill
CinematographyBrian Tufano
Editor(s)Ken Pearce
Robin Sales
Running time64 minutes
Production company(s)BBC
Original release31 December 1975

Michael Palin played in this film just as he was establishing his post-Monty Python career, and the film has "glints of Python-like silliness throughout".[1]


The film is narrated in first-person by Curry playing Jerome. Although the film follows the book's plot faithfully, it ends with an epilogue about the real-world events that shaped it. The narrator talks about the book's original appearance in Home Chimes and the excision of the serious travelogue parts by the magazine's editor. He then goes on to relate that Carl Hentschel ('Harris')[2] was accused of being a German during World War I, inspite of being a Pole, that George Wingrave ('George') went on to become a bank manager, and that the book was written after returning from his honeymoon.



  1. Lee, Marc (24 August 2009). "Michael Palin: he's not a Messiah, just a very nice man". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  2. "Three Men – The Facts". The Jerome K Jerome Society. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2019.

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