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      Last Holiday

      1950 1 hr. 29 min. Comedy Drama List
      100% 8 Reviews Tomatometer 77% 250+ Ratings Audience Score When ordinary middle-class salesman George Bird (Alec Guinness) is diagnosed with a rare and fatal illness, he decides to spend his few remaining days in luxury. Cashing in his savings, he buys a fancy new wardrobe and poses as a wealthy businessman at a posh seaside resort. Unexpectedly, the dying man's luck begins to change during his holiday, from winning at gambling to establishing friendships with his fellow guests, most notably Sheila Rockingham (Beatrice Campbell). Read More Read Less

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      isla s I found this a bit bland and not as amusing as I'd hoped. I was interested to see the original film, after having seen the remake with Queen Latifah some 10+ years ago - suffice to say, its certainly rather different but then I suppose thats a given!. I don't think I've seen many (any?) films with Alex Guinness in before, so that was interesting. I also recognised Sid James who plays Joe Clarence. It wasn't an uninteresting film but the plot pace was a little slow for my taste. There were some amusing moments, whereby characters get the wrong end of the stick and make incorrect conclusions based on the somewhat bizarre traveling habits and behaviour of the main character. I found one of the hotel employees, a very quietly spoken lady, to be quite nice and soemwhat memorable. I thought it was interesting to see how the main character attempted to open up, to deal with the situation he found himself in. As an old fashioned character drama its not bad and there is a certain charm to it, although it isn't one of the particularly memorable older British films I've seen. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Superb cast painting a lovely story. Sit back & enjoy the cameos. Very British, very moving & of its time. Wonderful. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review martin a Wow-what a film! Stunning well-acted and a fantastic story, shop in Torquay at the Rosetor Hotel When Torquay was actually a nice place. Sadly the Hotel was demolished for some carbuncle, but the film follows a man who is told he is going to die of a rare disease and quits his job and moves into a posh hotel in Torquay believing he will die in a few weeks. The hotel is full of characters and one by one they all end up liking him, And he gets offered jobs, wins money, and falls in love knowing it will all end before he can take anything. The twist, in the end, is tearjerking. A wonderful film, they will never make them like this again Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Has an interesting mix of drama with a set of mildly amusing characters, although this is not a comedy. It's a pretty good character study. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member charming British comedy where a salesman is told he is to die soon spends his savings on an expensive holiday and starts to live his life to the max Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Great story, excellent cast, the film sticks with you--Guinness Pure Genius!! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine Alec Guinness is one of classic cinema's truly genuine curiosities. Rated: 3/4 Jun 14, 2009 Full Review Geoff Andrew Time Out The picture is surprisingly moving, delicately handled and full of lovely vignettes. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times Simple and modest in structure but delightfully rich in character. Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 28, 2006 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Slight and mildly amusing dark comedy of rebirth and regret. Rated: B- Oct 26, 2010 Full Review Chris Cabin Filmcritic.com the film would not register above passable if not for its central figure Rated: 3/5 Jun 20, 2009 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 5, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis When ordinary middle-class salesman George Bird (Alec Guinness) is diagnosed with a rare and fatal illness, he decides to spend his few remaining days in luxury. Cashing in his savings, he buys a fancy new wardrobe and poses as a wealthy businessman at a posh seaside resort. Unexpectedly, the dying man's luck begins to change during his holiday, from winning at gambling to establishing friendships with his fellow guests, most notably Sheila Rockingham (Beatrice Campbell).
      Director
      Henry Cass
      Screenwriter
      J.B. Priestley
      Production Co
      Warner Bros., Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 9, 2014