Dancin' Thru the Dark

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'It's raised more misery than all the wars and revolutions put together', mutters a jaded soul on the subject of marriage. Certainly Willy Russell's adaptation of his own play Stags and Hens is unequivocal about tying the knot too soon. The action takes place the night before Linda and Dave's wedding: Linda (Hackett) is out with the girls for a hen night, Dave (Nelson) is carousing with the boys. Both parties unwittingly converge on the same nightclub, where Linda has gone to see her almost-famous ex-boyfriend (O'Neill) perform with his group. Emotions run high when Linda is overwhelmed by second thoughts... It's a straightforward tale about a well-worn theme - it has no pretensions to be otherwise - but the frequent moralising about marriage tends towards excess. The more obvious jokes (I'm gregarious' -'Pleased to meet you, Greg') hold far less humour than the trenchant observations of disco politics: from early-evening boogies around handbags to booze-fuelled advances. Overall, with a solid cast, Ockrent makes an assured and lively film debut.

Release details

Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mike Ockrent
Screenwriter: Willy Russell
Cast: Claire Hackett
Con O'Neill
Angela Clarke
Julia Deakin
Louise Duprey
Sandy Hendrickse
Andrew Naylor
Conrad Nelson
Simon O'Brien
Peter Watts
Mark Womack
Colin Welland
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Wayne Prout

Brilliantly funny film all based around a nightclub abd a band returning after semi-fame and fortune. Just funny all the way through. Must watch tv film.