Spring and Port Wine

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Obdurate Rafe Crompton (Mason), an engineer at a Bolton, Lancashire, cotton mill, finds his authority challenged when Hilda (George), the younger of his two daughters, refuses to eat a plate of herring, which he then serves up to her day after day, forcing the battle of wills to breaking point. Bill Naughton's play may have worked on stage, but on screen (in the playwright's own adaptation) it's as inconsequential as an expanded sitcom, and Mason's much too big a star for the material.

By: TJ

Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Peter Hammond
Screenwriter: Bill Naughton
Cast: James Mason
Diana Coupland
Susan George
Rodney Bewes
Hannah Gordon
Adrienne Posta
Arthur Lowe
Frank Windsor
Bernard Bresslaw

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This film is brilliant. It does what few other films dare to do ... It keeps it real. Often wonder why Bernard Breslaw (famous for "Carry on" films) had a small lorry driver part. Its also nicely ironic that the stageplay is set in a house that's high up like a stage for the neighborhood. Steve, why not give us the address so we can Google street view it now.