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A Private Function

Genres: Comedy, Screwball, 80s, United Kingdom, Screwball Comedy

Cast: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Liz Smith

Director: Malcolm Mowbray

Synopsis: An ambitious couple and a V.I.P. (Very Important Pig) collide in his outrageous comedy of manners!
During a time of extreme food rationing in England following World War II, one town's upper class bends the rules by illegally fattening a prize pig for a feast to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding. When a timid foot doctor (Michael Palin, A Fish Called Wanda) and his bossy wife (two-time Academy Award winner Maggie Smith, A Room with a View) get wind of the plan, they seize the chance to climb the social ladder by kidnapping the pig... who has a few unpleasant surprises of its own in store. One of the most hilarious, critically-acclaimed British cult comedies of all time, this star-packed satire proves some people will truly do anything to get ahead!

Language: English

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Production Year: 1984


  • 1985: Winner, Best Supporting Actress, BAFTA
  • 1985: Nominee, Best Picture, BAFTA
  • 1985: Nominee, Best Screenplay, BAFTA
  • 1985: Winner, Best Screenplay, London Film Critics Circle Awards
  • 1985: Winner, Best Supporting Actor, Denholm Elliott, BAFTA
  • 1985: Winner, Best Actress, Maggie Smith, BAFTA

 A Private Function
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