Friday, January 15, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Blame It On The Bellboy

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


DATE REVIEWED: 01/15/2016

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 21 minutes



SYNOPSIS: Various guests at a Venetian Hotel are misdirected due to a confusion over how to pronounce their last name.  


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:   Farce can be very well done.  Take a hit-man, a cheating civil servant, a meek business associate, a sexy real estate agent and a mobster and place them in odd situations.  


PROS AND CONS:  I did not expect this film to be that good.  Like so many ensemble comedies that have come out of the 70s and 80s, I assumed this would be another training ground film for directors and actors.  It turned out to be better than I expected.  


While this is not high art in any sense of the word, it is entertaining.  The cast is a group of well known British actors that play their parts very well.  The script is what shines through, and unless you pay close attention you might get lost in all the twists and turns.  I liked this aspect, because the plot was not formulaic.  While I know that the film would end happily, I had no idea how it would end or which character would come out on top.  


What I thought would be a star vehicle for Bronson Pinchot was anything but.  Mr. Pinchot’s part in the film is slight and his screen time (and acting) are minimal.  Interestingly enough, the best part of this LaserDisc may well be the theatrical trailer that comes at the end of the Disc.  It is actually funnier than the film, and sums up the theme of the work quite nicely.  

To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on

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