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      Britannia Hospital

      R 1982 1h 56m Comedy List
      50% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 54% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings The queen mother plans to visit Britannia Hospital, but administrator Vincent Potter (Leonard Rossiter) has problems to solve first. Outside, there's a union boss who won't let in any food trucks, and also a protest against private patients. Inside, the kitchen staff has joined the protest, and resident loony Professor Millar (Graham Crowden) is prepping a medical demonstration that's sure to shock the queen mum. Meanwhile, reporter Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is secretly documenting it all. Read More Read Less

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      Diego Galán El Pais (Spain) The comedy becomes a circus and ends up feeling artificial. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 29, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews This attempt at Swiftian satire wasn't too swift. Rated: C Aug 13, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 4/5 Jun 14, 2005 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice An acerbic British black comedy. Rated: 4/5 Aug 19, 2004 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) The bitterness of the satire has served to marginalize Anderson's final chapter. See it, but be aware that it's a chilly blast of unpleasantly cold air. Rated: 4.5/5 Dec 10, 2003 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Rated: 2.5/5 Oct 1, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      J. J I was enthralled at the movie called "if!"and "o lucky man!" with its A list cast. However Britannia hospital came nowhere near to my expectations. It failed to capture the sardonic wit satire and dark humour of the previous two movies. To say that it lost the plot is an understatement. Both if and o lucky man were intelligent and the ironies discernible with every re-watch. This film was bloated and the script failed to capture the essence of allegory and satire which were the hallmarks of Lindsay Anderson's previous two films. Following a masterpiece of cinematography is always a high bar and that is why so many "sequels" fail. This was no exception. For me it's only saving grace was a nostalgic glimpse at the characters from the previous films and a slight nod to their content and I use the word nod very loosely. Unlike if and oh lucky man this film has too much going on with lots of subplots. The main protagonist was not Malcolm McDowell (Mick Travis) but Leonard Rossiter (Vincent). This shift fragments the so-called trilogy expectation for which was the basis of its being. In terms of brilliance it ranks for me as an "also ran". Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 12/09/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a very bad film. I am a big fan of Lindsay Anderson's O Lucky Man! and If.... but something went seriously wrong when this unofficial third chapter of the Mick Travis trilogy was conceived. Even at the time of its release it looked dated and cheap, as if everyone involved had shrugged their shoulders and said 'good enough'. The one performance that has retained its gothic savour is Graham Crowden's, reprising his demented Professor Millar from O Lucky Man! Farcical and frightening, he captures that all too plausible myopic arrogance that continues to warp our politics and media. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review dave s Lindsay Anderson's Britannia Hospital, part three of his Mick Travis trilogy, is a none too subtle satire about Britain's National Health Service and English aristocracy. While not in the same league as its predecessors (If… and O Lucky Man!), its message is ultimately delivered like a punch to the jaw. The first half of the film is a bit of a minefield as a vast number of characters and plotlines are introduced, some to the detriment of the story, but the patient viewer will be rewarded when things come together in the second half. Because Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) plays such a small role, it would be fair to say that the movie stands on its own and the viewing of the first two installments beforehand is not a necessity. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting satire of British society through a British institution with a plethora a acting talent from the isles, as well as a cameo from Mark Hamill in between filming Star Wars movies. Through its comedy it makes good indirect political and social comment. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Political satire as a nhs hospital prepares for a visit from the queen mother, only to face big problems with staff striking and a mad surgeon carrying out experiments. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member A dark and acid British comedy, full of political references. I've just known that is the third film of a trilogy by Lindsay Anderson. Always a pleasure to see Malcom Mc Dowell acting. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

      Cast & Crew

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis The queen mother plans to visit Britannia Hospital, but administrator Vincent Potter (Leonard Rossiter) has problems to solve first. Outside, there's a union boss who won't let in any food trucks, and also a protest against private patients. Inside, the kitchen staff has joined the protest, and resident loony Professor Millar (Graham Crowden) is prepping a medical demonstration that's sure to shock the queen mum. Meanwhile, reporter Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is secretly documenting it all.
      Director
      Lindsay Anderson
      Producer
      Davina Belling, Clive Parsons
      Screenwriter
      David Sherwin
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 1, 2011
      Runtime
      1h 56m