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      The Boys in Blue

      1983 1h 31m Comedy List
      Reviews 58% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Two British policemen (Tommy Cannon, Bobby Ball) try to save their cushy jobs by planning a crime they can solve. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Great cast with Roy Kinnear, Arthur English, Jon Pertwee, Edward Judd. And cannon and ball, its a great comedy romp, although Ball's voice and high octane are a little annoying at times but it's still great fun. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member In the early 1980's, Cannon and Ball were very successful, with their own TV show. Then they were offered a film, directed by Val Guest (The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), Casino Royale (1967) and erm... Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974)), based on the old Will Hay film, Ask a Policeman (1938), it seemed this would give Cannon and Ball an even bigger break. Well... erm... Set in the sleepy English village of Little Botham, (pronounced Bottom), this has two bumbling policemen, Sergeant Cannon (Tommy Cannon) and PC Ball (Bobby Ball), who never seem to get any big crimes, and only help with getting cows off the road, and sorting out the parking for local events. However, the district's Chief Constable (Eric Sykes) tells them the station will be shut. To try and keep it open, Cannon and Ball try to invent crimes but they accidentally stumble across a real crime involving millions of pounds worth of stolen paintings being smuggled out of the country, and there's a secret passage underneath the police station leading to a smuggler's cave. So, it's up to our two unlikely heroes to solve the case and bring justice. Sadly, this wasn't the Hot Fuzz of the 1980's, it's a 10th rate Police Academy. This just has Cannon and Ball doing their usual stuff, with very bad jokes and worse slapstick thrown in. Not even the appearances of Roy Kinnear, Jack Douglas and Jon Pertwee can save this film. It was bad then, and it's bad now. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member This should have cult value, but it is a terribly poor comedy script and the plot is just a farce. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Whilst the jokes are quite dated it's always a pleasure watching the strong supporting cast in action, including Jon Pertwee and Jack Douglas Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member I have always had a soft spot for this film since I first saw it when I was a kid in the mid 80s. The Cannon & Ball comedy is very dated now âRock on Tommy❠but it is still a very good film and surprisingly a really good script and supporting cast with the likes of Roy Kinnear and Eric Sykes. Cannon & Ball really suite the part of the clueless policemen, this was made when they were at their peak and its easy to forgot how popular they used to be a long time ago. My favourite part has to be where they stake out the farm house and when they see the supposed flying saucer. Would recommend this for the Nostalgic it is something that probably would not be popular today, some people might not get the bucks fizz gag!. âThats Fantastic Tommy, Fantastic❠Maybe not Fantastic but very good. I have to admit I quite like the theme tune too!!! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member its a classic, i love it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Two British policemen (Tommy Cannon, Bobby Ball) try to save their cushy jobs by planning a crime they can solve.
      Director
      Val Guest
      Producer
      Greg Smith
      Screenwriter
      Val Guest
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 31m