The Optimists of Nine Elms

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"Meet Sam, the wonder man. He's got madness in his closet, everybody in trouble, the police in circles - and the world in his pocket."
  • PG
  • 1974
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 6.6  (548)

The Optimists of Nine Elms is a charming family film from 1973, starring the legendary Peter Sellers in one of his final roles. Set in the streets of London, the film follows the adventures of Sam (Sellers), a quirky and eccentric old man who lives in a run-down houseboat on the Thames with his granddaughter, played by Donna Mullane.

Sam is something of a scavenger and a hoarder, constantly searching the city for discarded objects and treasures that he can use to survive. As he wanders the streets, he often entertains those around him with his unique brand of wit and charm, making friends with young and old alike.

However, Sam's idyllic existence is threatened when developers begin eyeing the land where his houseboat is moored, hoping to construct a new development that will wipe out his home and many others like it.

Determined to save his home and preserve the spirit of the community, Sam rallies his fellow residents into action. With the help of his granddaughter and a small band of The Optimists- a ragtag group of eccentrics he meets along the way- they stage protests, organize petitions, and even build their own makeshift tower as a symbol of resistance.

As they wage their battle against the developers, Sam and his friends also encounter a range of colorful characters, such as a young runaway who becomes a close friend of Sam's granddaughter, and a wise old man who teaches Sam a surprising lesson about the nature of happiness.

Throughout the film, there are moments of humor and warmth, as well as moments of sadness and turmoil, all of which are reflected in the brilliant performance given by Sellers. In many ways, the film is a showcase of his incredible range as an actor, as he deftly navigates the various emotional currents of the story.

Ultimately, The Optimists of Nine Elms is a hopeful and uplifting film about the power of community and the resilience of the human spirit. It's a must-see for fans of Peter Sellers and anyone who loves a good, old-fashioned family movie.

The Optimists of Nine Elms is a 1974 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

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  • Release Date
    1974
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    1 hr 50 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (548)