A Private Function 1984
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A Private Function

Genre/s
Comedy

Running Time
1hr 32mins

Starring
Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott


In this satrical British comedy by award-winning writer, Alan Bennett, a couple scheme to steal a village pig during England's austere post-WWII meat-rationing period.

Maggie Smith's character, Joyce Chilvers has high aspirations and constantly dominates her timid husband, Gilbert. She convinces him to steal the illegally raised pig intended for prominent locals to eat during private celebrations of the upcoming marriage of Princess Elizabeth.

The script, taking three years to write, observes the social divisions and the austere lifestyle of that time with great humour.

Directed by
Malcolm Mowbray

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