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One Fine Day (1979)

George Phillips, a middle-aged Londoner, works as an estate agent for the firm of Frobisher, Rendell and Ross. His home life is soured by clashes with his wife over whether their teenage ... See full summary »

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writer:

Alan Bennett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Allen Dave Allen ... George Philips
Robert Stephens ... Welby
Dominic Guard ... Rycroft
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Mrs. Phillips
Leslie Sands Leslie Sands ... Commissionaire
Harold Innocent ... Blount
Benjamin Whitrow ... Blake
Edward de Souza ... Steele
Toby Salaman Toby Salaman ... Marsh
Joan Scott ... Miss Venables
Sheila Kelley Sheila Kelley ... Christine
Mary Maddox Mary Maddox ... Avril
Liz Crowther Liz Crowther ... Sandra
Rosamund Greenwood Rosamund Greenwood ... Miss Morpeth
Hugh Fraser ... First Man in Lift
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George Phillips, a middle-aged Londoner, works as an estate agent for the firm of Frobisher, Rendell and Ross. His home life is soured by clashes with his wife over whether their teenage son's girlfriend should be allowed to sleep over at their house, a situation the timid, melancholic George dislikes but hasn't the guts to forbid. His professional life is dominated by his attempts to find a buyer for Sunley House, a once-fashionable 1960s office block which has lain unoccupied for over a year. When his wife leaves for Colchester to look after her elderly father, George avoids conflict with his son by sleeping over at Sunley House. Meanwhile, his workplace rival, a younger man called Rycroft, is also trying to find a buyer for Sunley House (and thereby usurp George's place in the firm). One morning George finds himself locked in and has to crash through a window to escape. When Rycroft finds the broken window, he sets out to find the culprit. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Six Plays by Alan Bennett: One Fine Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Wood Green, London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dave Allen's car has no rear view mirror when he packs it to leave home in the night to squat in the office building. See more »

Goofs

At 6:04, as George and one of his colleagues walk past a painting in the boardroom, the mic can be seen reflected on the glass. See more »

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Featured in Dave Allen: God's Own Comedian (2013) See more »

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Thirteeen
12 April 2018 | by ukkid35See all my reviews

I was not the target demographic when I saw this

I can almost remember the elegiac melancholy that pervaded the 90 minutes or so of its running time

I am a big fan of Dave Allen, which is why I watched this play, and the experience was transformative

It showed me what being an adult might entail: nothing is certain, nothing works out, nothing makes sense

It is an incredible loss that DA was never given another role to move us in this way, but as a swan song it doesn't get any better

I remember that after the broadcast there was an earnest discussion where Frears was challenged by some critics who seemed to be from a different century, a different world completely

I'm not even a Stephen Frears fan, but even as a thirteen year old I knew those critics were clueless, irrelevant, and blind to the beauty of this work

Thank You DA and may your God go with you


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