A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Who was that lady I saw you outwit last night? That was no lady...That was 'Mum' Wilberforce, ...
Meet "The Unholy Five"...The Most Befuddled Set of Assorted Thugs That Ever Fouled Up a Million Dollar Bank Robbery!! A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two room apartment in an isolated house on a London cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow with three pet parrots. The group's mastermind, Professor Marcus, tells her a cover story that they are members of an amateur string quintet and would like to use the rooms to hone their musical skills. In reality, they are plotting to rob a bank and plan to use Mrs. Wilberforce's naiveté and her Victorian sensibilities to their advantage
The Ladykillers is a brilliant crime comedy from the 50s. The ladykillers, a band of criminals, all with distinct appearances and personalities, and an old lady make this movie much more fun than I expected. The plot is amazing, the writing is great. In every single scene, everything that can go wrong-goes wrong. I actually meant to see the Coens version, but after I started the movie and realized it was the original, I said what the hell and watched this. Boy, am I glad that I did! Strongly recommended.
Professor Marcus: "What's that? Who's talking?"
Mrs. Wilberforce: "Well, it's only General Gordon. He belonged to my late husband. I had four."
Professor Marcus: "Husbands?"
Mrs. Wilberforce: "No, parrots. And now I've only three."
Professor Marcus: "Parrots!"
Boasting a killer cast of some of the finest names in British film history, this classic Ealing Studios caper is well worth your time. It is delightfully dark, macabre even as a gang of thieves headed by Alec Guinness's Professor Marcus make a base of sweet little old lady Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), making her complicit in their criminal plan at the same time. What Marcus and his gang don't account for though is the 'human element', their greatest adversary just so happens…
Who knew that a movie about exploiting an old lady could be this much fun?
The Ladykillers is nothing more than a calamity of errors. Five oddball characters lead by Alec Guinness decide to rent a room from an oblivious old lady and fool her into helping them steal £60,000. From the first minute I laid eyes on Guinness' appearance I knew this movie was going to be good - oh god that smile, he looks so hilariously deranged I couldn't help but laugh. In fact I liked all the characters in this movie, the five criminals are all completely different - you've got the big and dumb henchmen, the dark and mysterious rogue, the shifty and nervous right hand…
Why I watched this one? When I watched the Tom Hanks version of this movie....I was not even aware that the Hanks' movie was a remake. So ever since then I have been on the lookout for the original.
What is this one about? Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.
My thoughts on this one? I think if you took both movies and put them together you might have a good movie. I thought this one and the remake were both slightly better than average movies. For the perfect Ladykillers movie I would have Tom Hanks(remake), Peter Sellers (original), J.K.…
I saw the Coen brothers remake after it received a lot of press that this film was being remade. I hadnt seen the original but I love the dark brand of comedy the Coen brothers produce. However, when I watched the Coen brothers version of this film I was not overly enamoured. So when I came to watch the original I did so with bated breath. I couldn't imagine the Coen brothers doing a bad remake so I assumed the original material was bad. Oh how wrong I was...
This film is incredibly dark and exceptionally well put together. There are some superb camera shots and the director knows what he is doing. The way characters are introduced and the…
I was left slightly disappointed by The Ladykillers after all the built-up hype over the years. It stands up fairly well against most other Ealing comedies of the era, but not necessarily Ealing films in general (for instance, something like the comparable Kind Hearts & Coronets is in an entirely different league). As a black comedy, its basic template pitch of a sinister crew undercover as a musical quintet (lead by Guinness' criminal mastermind) exploiting the naivety of, and ultimately proving no match for, a sweet (but somewhat exasperating) old lady (and her off-kilter residence) is certainly comic gold, on a widely popular scale. Katie Johnson's Mrs Wilberforce is an iconic creation, and following the reveal that these men are no…
A stone-cold classic.
Never realised how dark it was.
Ouin, c'est certain que j'avais des attentes, mais j'ai vraiment pas aimé ce film! L'humour y est grandement mononcle ou slapstick de bas étage (ou est l'humour noir dont j'avais entendu parler???), l'interprétation sensationnel d'Alec Guinness est a mon avis plus de l'over-acting qu'autre chose... La rythme de l'intrigue est assez lent, aggrémentant le petit calvaire qu'est déja l'écoute de ce film. Quand a la finale, rendu la, c'est pas une grosse surprise... vraiment trop peu, très tard! De plus, je ne sais pas si on a oublié un filtre lors de la restauration ou a une autre moment, mais il y a dans ce film les pires Day for Night EVER!!!
Even though the Coen Brothers' remake of this film is considered "lesser Coen Brothers", they greatly improved upon this disappointment. It was intermittently funny, the criminals were exceptionally inept (and not in a funny way), and Alec Guinness was especially hammy while wearing strangely bright lipstick.
Cute, and with some stylish visuals, but not all that funny. Despite the talented cast the script is rather droll and mundane. The "little old lady" shtick is pushed to an extreme. I prefer the Coen Brothers remake where they flipped the character dynamics and made the old woman an actual force to be reckoned with for the crooks.
This is a film from my childhood: I remember watching it and loving it on our old black and white TV. Then, when I saw it as an adult I found it slightly depressing...a reaction I wasn’t expecting and didn’t understand. It was after seeing it again and reading Charles Barr’s excellent book on the Ealing Studios that I began to figure out my reaction. Barr suggests that the gang, in its social mix, is the same as the support for the post-Second World War Labour government: there is a coalition between the academic or technocrats (Alec Guinness), ex-officers (Cecil Parker), manual workers (Danny Green), naive youth (Peter Sellers) and hard-liners (Herbert Lom), and in the end they are brought…
Typischer "alter" Film, welcher mir nicht zusagt. Alles zu künstlich. Kulisse, Schauspielerei, Musik... nicht mein Fall!
Auch nicht zu Ende geguckt...schnarch!
No cabe duda de que la película es mejor que el remake de los Coen, especialmente en la forma tan clara en la que está estructurada, pero me tendréis que conceder que los actores de aquella eran bastante mejores. Incluso acabo prefiriendo a Tom Hanks fagocitando el histrionismo de Alec Guinness que el propio actor. No obstante, el humor es el colmo de lo británico: Incluso para asesinar a una ancianita nadie nunca pierde los buenos modales ingleses.
Ofensively boring and dull. It sacrifices all character and narrative development for so-called jokes that land just flat.
Interesting now to look back on this and see how Alec Guinness really dominated the casting here, with Sellers taking a definite backseat role. I had forgotten how almost intolerably frustrating the old woman could be, probably because I've known several people like that. Then there's this bit of info:
The producers originally rejected director Alexander Mackendrick's choice of Katie Johnson for the role of Mrs. Wilberforce on the grounds that she might be too frail for the project, and so they cast a younger actress - who died before filming began.
Movies that are slightly off.