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The Kiss of Death 

Trevor is an extremely shy undertaker's assistant. He always tags along with his good friend Ronnie, when he goes to the pub with his girlfriend Sandra. Sandra introduces Trevor to her more... See full summary »

Director:

Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh (devised by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
David Threlfall ... Trevor
John Wheatley John Wheatley ... Ronnie
Kay Adshead ... Linda
Angela Curran Angela Curran ... Sandra
Clifford Kershaw Clifford Kershaw ... Mr. Garside
Pamela Austin ... Trevor's mum
Phillip Ryland Phillip Ryland ... Froggy
Frank McDermott Frank McDermott ... Mr. Bodger
Christine Moore Christine Moore ... Mrs. Bodger
Karen Petrie Karen Petrie ... Policewoman
Brian Pollitt Brian Pollitt ... Doctor
Eileen Denison Eileen Denison ... Mrs. Ball
Marlene Sidaway ... Christine
Elizabeth Hauck Elizabeth Hauck ... Shoe shop customer
Elizabeth Ann Ogden Elizabeth Ann Ogden ... Bridesmaid
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Trevor is an extremely shy undertaker's assistant. He always tags along with his good friend Ronnie, when he goes to the pub with his girlfriend Sandra. Sandra introduces Trevor to her more forward friend Linda. Linda has a difficult time getting Trevor to go out with her, but she finally gets him to go to a disco; he won't dance, so Linda dances with Ronnie. Written by Will Gilbert

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1977 (UK) See more »

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England, UK See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The off-screen role of Sandra's mother was voiced by Alison Steadman. See more »

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The corpse that Trevor and the mortician are preparing is breathing. See more »

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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Excellent early work
10 November 2003 | by ZmajinaSee all my reviews

Mike Leigh, uncompromising filmmaker who would later go on to reach stardom with "Naked" and "Secrets and Lies", showed all his potential power in his early made-for-TV film about an undertaker's assistant called Trevor.

This strange boy lives in a limbo between two worlds - the incredibly shallow and empty everyday life of English working-class youngsters and the terribly serious world of death and the dying. At first one gets the impression that he is half-witted, saying barely anything and occasionally grinning like an idiot.

When death is close, however, as in the scene with the sick granny, Trevor is transfigured: he knows exactly what to do, becomes authoritative and will not suffer priggishness. On the other hand, this intimate knowledge of death makes him unable to bear with the silly but necessary rituals of life, as shown in the "kiss of death" scene, where he is alone with a girl. This scene shows Leigh's supreme mastery of dramatic tension, as it goes on for about five minutes without the characters saying anything remotely sensible, but one feels that their every move is charged with some subliminal meaning.

Even if you do not care for deeper meanings, you might very well like this film. Leigh manages to be entertaining and humorous as always, showing much sympathy for his characters despite their unlikeable nature.


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