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A sad example of the process of literary castration. By the time Galton and Simpson's script (which adds 'comic' scenes like a police bulldozer destroying a garden of gnomes and removes the more outrageous lines from Joe Orton's play) has passed through Narizzano's hands, all that is left is a caricature of the original. In place of the absurdity and emotional intensity, a collection of British character actors and a couple of stars go through their paces while the director milks Orton's story of misplaced affection and an elusive corpse for all it's worth.

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Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Silvio Narizzano
Screenwriter: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Cast: Harold Innocent
Milo O'Shea
Roy Holder
Dick Emery
Lee Remick
Hywel Bennett
Richard Attenborough
Joe Lynch
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