French Dressing

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"The Film With a Lot of Body!"
  • NR
  • 1964
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 6.0  (448)

French Dressing is a British comedy film directed by Ken Russell, released in 1964. The movie features James Booth as Jimpy, a construction worker who wins a small fortune on the football pools and decides to spend it with his girlfriend, Ethel (played by Marisa Mell), on a trip to France. Roy Kinnear appears as Harry, Jimpy's comical and loyal friend who accompanies them on their adventures.

The movie opens in the English town of Farnworth, where Jimpy and Harry work on a construction site. Jimpy is a typical bloke who enjoys a pint, his girlfriend's company and watching football matches. However, his life takes a twist when he wins a substantial sum of money on the football pools. Thrilled with his newfound wealth, Jimpy decides to share his good fortune with Ethel and offers to take her on a romantic trip to France.

Jimpy and Ethel immediately set off for France, with Harry tagging along for the fun. As soon as they arrive in their typical English car, they start exploring the French countryside, making their way to the fanciful Hotel Splendide. However, their arrival at the hotel is not well-received by the snobbish staff and guests. Despite the hotel's attempt to turn them away, Jimpy insists on staying, and they settle into their room, which turns out to be comically small.

As their holiday progresses, they find themselves caught up in a series of absurd and hilarious situations. In one memorable scene, they become lost in the streets of a small town while trying to find a museum. They accidentally wander onto a film set, where they are recruited as extras in a movie scene. This scene is particularly hilarious, as Jimpy gets caught up in the action and starts wreaking havoc on set.

Another amusing scene occurs when Jimpy, Ethel and Harry try to visit a French castle, only to find themselves unwittingly trespassing on a military base. The base's security team apprehend them and take them into custody. Despite their explanations and protests, they end up being stuck in a cell, only to be released hours later when the military personnel realise their mistake.

Throughout their trip, Jimpy, Ethel, and Harry repeatedly run into trouble, but they take everything in their stride and enjoy every moment of their holiday. Along the way, they meet a cast of colourful characters, including a trio of nuns who turn out to be much more than they first appear.

French Dressing is a charming and funny comedy that captures the spirit of the 1960s. The film's playful and light-hearted tone is infectious, and the three leads - James Booth, Roy Kinnear, and Marisa Mell - deliver brilliant performances with excellent comedic timing. The cinematography of the French countryside and the settings used in the movie give a fantastic picturesque view for audiences to enjoy.

Overall, French Dressing is a delightful comedy that will leave viewers with a smile on their face. Its wit, humour, and interesting characters make it an entertaining and enjoyable watch for those who love a classic comedy. The journey of Jimpy, Ethel and Harry is one that audiences are sure to delight in, and the conclusion is a perfect way to end this fun escapade. Anyone looking for a movie with laughs, heart and adventure should definitely give French Dressing a chance.

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    6.0  (448)