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Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

At a New Millennium Eve party, Blackadder and Baldrick test their new time machine and ping pong through history encountering famous characters and changing events rather alarmingly.

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Cast overview:
Rowan Atkinson ... All Blackadders
Tony Robinson ... All Baldricks
Stephen Fry ... All Melchetts
Hugh Laurie ... Viscount George Bufton-Tufton / Georgius
Tim McInnerny ... All Darlings
Miranda Richardson ... All Elizabeths
Tyrannosaurus Rex Tyrannosaurus Rex ... Dinosaur
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Nursie
Colin Firth ... William Shakespeare
Rik Mayall ... Robin Hood
Kate Moss ... Maid Marian
Crispin Harris Crispin Harris ... Friar Tuck
Simon Russell Beale ... Napoleon (as Simon Russell-Beale)
Hordes of Scots Hordes of Scots ... Scottish Hordes
Jennie Bond Jennie Bond ... Royal Reporter (as Jenny Bond)
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It's Millennium Eve and Blackadder is hosting a dinner party for a few select friends, Lady Elizabeth, Viscount George, Archbishop Melchett and Archbishop Darling. Baldrick devises yet another of his infamous cunning plans to help his ever greedy master Edmund Blackadder con money from his gullible friends. The pair build a "time machine" from empty cereal packets and place bets with their friends as to when in history they will travel, retrieving various artifacts from their travels as proof, items which Blackadder already owns! However, in a strange twist of fate the time machine actually works and the pair are thrown back in history initially to the Jurassic period. Gradually the pair start to return to their own time stopping off at various famous times in history such as Sherwood Forest and the Battle of Waterloo but will they make it home? Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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The final episode in the saga of the Blackadder family, who have forever been at the very center of British history and society.


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English

Release Date:

6 December 1999 (UK) See more »

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Untitled Blackadder Millennium Project See more »

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GBP3,000,000 (estimated)
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DTS 70 mm (as dts Digital Sound)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Jennie Bond: the voice of the Royal Reporter in the ending scene was the BBC Royal correspondent from 1985 to 2003. See more »

Goofs

Georgius is called a consul. This would make him one of the highest ranking magistrates in the Roman empire. However, general Melchicus does not address him as a superior. See more »

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[first lines]
George: Well isn't this splendid and absolutely tufty? New years eve 1999. A new century and a new millennium. Let's drink a great big slurpy toast to peace and understanding around the globe.
Melchett: Bravo! After all, if history teaches us anything, its that in in the words of St. Burt, what the world needs now is love, sweet love.
Blackadder: Total codswallop. If history teaches us anything, it's that the story of man is one long round of death and torture. And burning people as witches just because they've...
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An orchestral anthem in genuine praise of Blackadder (in contrast to Blackadder (1982) and Blackadder II (1986), which mocked him) plays over the closing credits. It is accompanied by lyrics to sing along to, which the head of Blackadder bounces along to (and the Queen and Baldrick, when the anthem mentions them). See more »

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Great reunion, for actors and fans.
17 September 2001 | by RaleonSee all my reviews

Blackadder Back and Forth was, or seems to be, meant as a collector's film for fans of Blackadder, and also as a fun reunion for the actors at the millennium. That is, it started out with the same motif as the other Blackadder series: just to have fun and be funny. Though Back and Forth is only funny as an addition to the other Blackadder's, not by itself. All the other series' could be funny on their own. This movie isn't a disappointment if you realize that it's just a wrap up put together for fun at the turn of the millenium, it wasn't meant to be like the other Blackadders, and it certainly isn't. It's a mere following of some of the characters throughout time, which is funny in itself, especially the part with the Romans and the short skirts.

The only real disappoint I had was the loss of Percy Percy. Even in the "Making of a Blackadder" they seemed to avoid talking about Percy Percy deliberately. I think it's great to see Tim McInnerny as more than one role in the series: Darling and Percy (and Smedly), because he's such a terrific and underrated actor, but I loved him the most as Percy and I miss that character. I know he doesn't want to be pigeon-holed as just one character, and he shouldn't be, but it would have been great to see both Percy and Darling in one film.


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