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Piccadilly Jim (2004)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Romance | November 2004 (UK)
Set in the 1930s, an American with a scandalous reputation on both sides of the Atlantic must do an about-face in order to win back the woman of his dreams.

Director:

John McKay

Writers:

Julian Fellowes (screenplay), P.G. Wodehouse (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... Jim Crocker
Frances O'Connor ... Ann Chester
Tom Wilkinson ... Bingley Crocker
Brenda Blethyn ... Nesta Pett
Allison Janney ... Eugenia Crocker
Austin Pendleton ... Peter Pett
Hugh Bonneville ... Lord Wisbeach
Tom Hollander ... Willie Partridge
Geoffrey Palmer ... Bayliss
Rupert Simonian ... Ogden Ford
Pam Ferris ... Miss Trimble
Kevin Eldon ... Wizzy Wisbeach
Nitin Ganatra ... Banje Singh
James Wallace ... Percy, Duke of Arminster
Delia Lindsay ... Duchess of Arminster
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Storyline

It's the 1930's. American sisters Eugenia Crocker and Nesta Pett are extremely wealthy and extremely competitive, with each disliking the other. Their latest quest of oneupsmanship has Nesta trying to marry off her niece by marriage, poetess turned crime novelist Ann Chester, to Lord Reginald Wisbeach, so that there will royalty in the family. This move is against Ann's wishes as she doesn't love the stuffy Lord. Meanwhile, Eugenia, now living in London, is trying to buy a royal title. Eugenia's current quest and others like it are always hindered by the notoriety of her stepson, James Crocker - better known as Piccadilly Jim, for the newspaper gossip column he used to write and the job from which he got fired - who is known as a womanizer, brawler, gambler and drunk. Jim is thinking about becoming more respectable when he meets and falls in love at first sight with a beautiful American visiting London. That woman is Ann, who hates what she knows of Jim, not only for that notoriety, ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

What's Wrong with Love?

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Isle Of Man | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Apla mathimata goiteias See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the third time that Frances O'Connor and Hugh Bonneville act together, the previous two being: Mansfield Park (1999) and Madame Bovary (2000) See more »

Quotes

Ann Chester: ...my aunt wants to marry me off to some rich palooka in order to rub her sister's face in the mud. That's your love, buddy. Boom! Medieval social engineering.
Jim Crocker: You're not gonna go through with it?
Ann Chester: No, but who am I waiting for? Mr. Right? Not me, Jack!
Jim Crocker: Why are you talking like Sam Spade?
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Connections

Version of Piccadilly Jim (1919) See more »

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Tainted Love
written by Ed Cobb
performed by Emiliana Torrini
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Forgive them for they know not what they do
20 July 2014 | by dracherSee all my reviews

Actors tend to place their trust in directors, even old stalwarts such as Mr Palmer, Ms Blethyn and Mr Wilkinson. Once the point has been missed by the producers/director, although in this case I don't think the point was ever sighted, the production must run its collision course with disaster, and not even such fine actors as were employed to give it life, could save Piccadilly Jim .

PG Wodehouse was a successful writer who knew the value of the suspension of disbelief, and was able to deliver the theatrical creation of a world which, although highly unlikely, with a cleverly constructed set of plausibilities, would, and did, pass as the truth.

Theatre has many natural enemies. Because it is not the truth, but the appearance of truth, theatre has many tricks and falsehoods in its infrastructure, and these are all susceptible to betrayal in drama, but in comedy they are especially vulnerable. The absolute death sentence on comedy, is to "mug" (pull faces) to attempt to be funny, or to overstate a quirk or characteristic.

In Piccadilly Jim, the director breaks all the rules of good comedy by allowing, not only "mugging," and (keep it in) play funny work, but a whole swatch of clashes to occur. Modern dress, modern language, caricature rather than character, a mysterious failure at irregular intervals to use film language, and the erratic use of tempo, which often stifles its own dialogue.

Many a great opera singer has come unstuck via the technicalities of a so called simple folk song. Perhaps this film came likewise unstuck, by its creators missing the hidden vortex within the supposed simplicity of the original story.


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