Britannia Hospital 07/07/20
Lindsay Anderson got the opportunity to film a third ‘Mick Travis’ picture starring Malcolm McDowall, and with writer David Sherwin fashioned a wholly irreverent, savagely funny takedown of Great Britain… the whole country. The equivalent of hitting Big Ben with a custard pie, the satirical barbs are aimed at labor union obstructionism, Royal hauteur, class privilege, raucous demonstrators and devious journalistic snoops. Behind the island nation’s dysfunctional health system lurks a genuine mad scientist, who has diverted the funds of The National Health into a pair of sinister, abominable — but very ‘forward thinking’ experiments. Dr. Frankenstein would be proud. The great, funny cast features plenty of favorites: Leonard Rossiter, Graham Crowden, Malcolm McDowell, Vivian Pickles, Jill Bennett, Marsha A. Hunt, Joan Plowright, Mark Hamill, Peter Jeffrey, Robin Asquith, Robbie Coltrane and Arthur Lowe. On Region B Blu-ray from Powerhouse Indicator.