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The Man in the White Suit

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7.31 h 21 min1951U
Alec Guinness plays a humble inventor who develops a fabric which never gets dirty or wears out. Despite potentially changing the world, many people are unhappy... An all time classic British film from Ealing Studios. 1951
Directors
ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK
Starring
Alec GuinnessJoan GreenwoodCecil Parker
Genres
DramaComedy
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Supporting actors
Michael GoughErnest ThesigerGeorge Benson
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Optimum Releasing
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4.6 out of 5 stars

180 global ratings

  1. 75% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 3% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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jackie jayesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 May 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mines a Guinness!
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Another superb Ealing comedy Alec Guinness is brilliant as the man in the white suit ably supported by the lovely Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker.
Highly recommended!
gerrardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 November 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
2012 studio canal blu-ray
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brilliant picture quality,the before and after restoration feature on this disc shows what a great job was done on this.there are english subtitles and a short documentary about the film plus a trailer so not much in the way of extras but the film itself looks as good as Kind Hearts and Coronets.full marks studio canal and lets hope they continue to release more of the Ealing films to this high standard.of course the film and alec guinness' performance are very enjoyable but then when has alec ever been anything other than great?
7 people found this helpful
TroyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 June 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Guinness!
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Poor Sir Alec was afraid he'd be remembered only for Star Wars.
Not with movies like this one!

An absolute joy of a film and an Ealing Studios Classic, in every sense of the word. Basically it's about a persistent scientist that has a lot of smarts but not a lot of money for research. So he finds odd jobs at factories and companies where he can "borrow" the equipment to further his research. And it's just a delight to root for this underdog while he's trying to create a super fabric. Does he? Well, watch this funny and thoughtful movie and see. A smart great comedy with a message. Guiness creates such a wonderful character and the humor and events are so funny and smart that you can watch this one again and again.

The print looks really good in Blu-ray, much better than I thought for such an old film. There's a few extras: featurette, stills gallery and trailer, but it's the film that really shines, digitally restored.

If you've never seen this, it's a must.
If you have, well, you know what I mean.
5 people found this helpful
SteveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 March 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is one of the very best Ealing films
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This is one of the very best Ealing films. More a satire than a comedy, it is extremely funny. The Lancashire locations add atmosphere to a film which has a superb cast, a fine story, and is wittily directed. Alec Guiness steals the show but look out for the elderly Edie Martin amongst the excellent cast. A nice twist st the end makes this one of my top three Ealing films

Highly recommended.
DAVEYReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 December 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
OLD EALING STUDIOS on NEW DVD.
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A clasic old film, now available on DVD.
I purchased this old favourite to show my eighteen year old lad a bit of a taste of how old Lancashire looked before it all got flatend in the 70's and all the concreat monsters went up. He enjoyed the film and was a gasp that the street lamps where gas, but yet in the mill's the lab tec's had a electron microscope.
The recorded quality of the DVD is prity high when you take the age of the film into acount. GOOD STAY CLEAN FUN.
4 people found this helpful
MR M GRANTReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 April 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
enjoyable farce
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arrived in good time, well packaged with a thank you note from seller, which was rather a nice touch.
The film was very enjoyable and a must for all Ealing fans. the film is riveting and quaint , but the most impressive thing about this film has to be the unique story line.
Ella HoodReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Slightly disappointing
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Genuine period comedy but not one of the best.
G. NewReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
man in the white suit
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goes well with my ealing flims
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