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This movie...have you seen it?


I saw this movie in the theater in 1967. I have never forgotten it. It is intense, funny, bizarre and mesmerizing. I am hoping that it will be released on DVD sometime..sometime. If you know anything about it or have seen it, please post.

Steve Staples

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I saw it in the early 80s when Ch 4 showed it. Since then nothing. If anyone has a copy please own up - this is an absolute jewel.
Rob Tomkins

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Bought a copy on dvd from this website in UK a few weeks ago.

http://www.radiotymes.co.uk/index.asp

Direct link to film:
http://www.radiotymes.co.uk/one-way-pendulum-dvd-eric-sykes-george-cole-peggy-mount-248-p.asp

Thoroughly enjoyed it! Very surreal!

Radio Tymes are a friendly bunch. No problems with payment or delivery (to Australia) You will find lots of other film gems there in the same genre - Classic British Cinema!

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It is on Turner Classic Movies in the states right now.

Looks like it might be quite good!

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I'm watching it, too. I don't recall having hear about this one before. TCM and other channels seem to be trying to give us the unusual and obscure more often, which has been wonderful!

I have no idea what to expect. So far, it's quite different.

~~MystMoonstruck~~

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I have no idea what to expect.

Same here! I'm DVR'ing it off of TCM channel, because I don't have time to watch it tonight, but I'm really looking forward to seeing it. From what I've read about it, it sounds offbeat enough to be right up my alley. lol

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I am wishing that I had taped it! I didn't expect it to be quite so bizarre. I'd love to have it taped along with "The Bed Sitting Room" and perhaps "Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It."

I just responded to someone who definitely doesn't like this. I think you just have to let your mind go with the flow. I already have a quotation I absolutely love: "Same as that other phase when she wanted to be a pterodactyl." I loved their conversation about the monkey gland and their daughter's phases! *giggle*snicker*snort*

~~MystMoonstruck~~

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I recorded it as I watched it and gave up halfway. I was bored. I can see why some people are into it. For me, no appeal. Still, kudos to TCM as usual for finding a nice print and airing it in prime-time, as a dedication to Peter Yates.

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It's on TCM right now and it's so pretentious and grotesque that I keep losing interest, spending time on the computer and going to the kitchen to eat and drink tea while having the TV in another room on a different channel....
If a movie cannot hold my attention, it's really bad, because I am a real movie buff and will at least try to sit through anything presented to me on a screen. This movie has no story line, no continuity, makes no sense whatsoever, and the dialogues reminds me of kooky ramblings of an adolescent while under the influence of some mind altering drug....Right now there is a court scene going on that seems to have lasted a good half an hour already and I have no idea what it is all about. Don't waste your time on this one!

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"Same as the other phase when she wanted to be a pterodactyl."

I suppose one either enjoys the lunacy or, in your case, doesn't. I've had fits of giggles throughout, so it must appeal to me. Some moments between mother and daughter reminded me of "It's a Gift". You definitely mustn't ever watch "The Bed Sitting Room".

To me, anyone who loves Monty Python-type comedy will enjoy this.

I love the singing weight machines, especially the bizarre number performed in court! And, he'll swear on "Uncle Tom's Cabin" but not the Bible?! *snicker*snort*

EDIT: Then there's the lady hired to eat their leftovers! *HAHAHAHAHAHA!* She just couldn't get away with the asparagrass. Sorry... I'm unable to resist nonsensical humor.

~~MystMoonstruck~~

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I DVRed it too and will try to watch it this week-end. From the sound of it I think I'll like it. I like the British sense of humor and also lunacy when its done well. It sounds like the British version of "You Can't Take it with You." Another crazy but likeable family. Some of my favorite Brit actors in it as well. Mona Washbourne, Gynn Houston (Lord Peter Wimsey's valet in the PBS mystery series) and Graham Crowden whom I like very much.

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"Why don't you stand in front of Buckingham Palace or the Taj Mahal or something and have a grope at that."

Nice little absurdist fling. In a few years this stuff was done at a much better pace, somebody mentioned The Bedsitting Room, that was funnier, but keeping in mind this is all pre-Beatles-in-America it's quite the merry-go-round. Must-see for absurd fans.

"It's supposed to remind you of death...but it doesn't work."

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I also saw this in a theater in 1967. It was fantastic, funny , weird and mesmerizing. I loved it and have never forgotten it, especially the trial scenes. I wish and wish it would be released again in some form.

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I've finally got around to catching up my DVR and saw this off of TCM. Despite getting a little bored with it, I'm glad I saw it because it's quietly odd (well, except for the attic) and mildly humorous and I learned a lot about the untapped potential of vintage weight machines.

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