Rising Damp (1980)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Ensemble Film  |   Release Date - May 3, 1980 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Leonard Rossiter stars in the madcap British farce Rising Damp, as Rupert Rigsby, the bigoted and conniving landlord of a dingy flophouse in an unspecified English city. Rupert must contend on a daily basis with a motley group of tenants, including the nymphomaniacal spinster Ruth Jones (Frances de la Tour); Philip (Don Warrington), a black med student who insists that he is actually an African prince with an entire harem of wives; wet-behind-the-ears art student John (Christopher Strauli); and the dapper gold digger Seymour (Denholm Elliott). This film was actually a theatrical spin-off of a U.K. television series that ran from 1974 to 1978; Richard Beckinsale (father of Kate) had a key role in the original series but died in 1979, hence his absence from the movie.

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landlord, boarding-house, tenant, golddigger, medical-student, naivete, prince, spinster