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P'tang Yang Kipperbang

7.11 h 16 min1982PG
Alison Steadman stars in this light-hearted tale of first love. A cricket-mad schoolboy lusts after his classmate, but she’s got eyes for another. Maybe the school play will be his chance to kiss her? If only he could get the lead role...1982
John AlbasinyAbigail CruttendenMaurice Dee
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Alison SteadmanMark BrailsfordChristopher KarallisFrances RuffelleRobert UrquhartGarry CooperMaurice O'Connell
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4.6 out of 5 stars

204 global ratings

  1. 70% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 22% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
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BarbetteReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jack Rosenthal and Michael Apted - what could be better
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I had this on a hard drive which is now deleted so was good to find the DVD was available. I remembered it as being a sweet, gentle, comedy but it is much more than that. Alan Duckworth (John Albasiby) is a schoolboy in the throes of adolescence and pining after the lovely Ann played by Abigail Cruttenden. It's a story of love, loss, disappointment but it is also uplifting too. Alan is stumbling his way through the complexities of relationships and finding things not so simple as they are on the cricket pitch.

It is set in the 1950s and evokes that period with honesty and precision. Alison Steadman is pitch perfect as the teacher searching for love but only finding disappointment and realizing that in post-war Britain that the pool of available men is sadly depleted by the conflict.

If you like your films gentle, funny and thought provoking then this is for you.
8 people found this helpful
Neil WeltonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thoughtful Intelligent Sensitive
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When this film was released in 1982 I was coming of age too and I could really relate to the themes explored. Unexpressed love or very difficult to express love. We have all been there, well, I have. This movie encapsulates and captures these themes perfectly. Also the 1950s too. A very evocative, moving and quite beautiful film. The acting is just sensitive, nuanced, and understated, especially from the lead character of Alan Duckworth. Played superbly by John Albasiny. Amazing! A quite extraordinary film which is so often overlooked and unappreciated. Hardly surprising as it is rarely shown on television. I have no idea why. It's timeless themes could very easily be understood and appreciated by any thoughtful, intelligent and sensitive young person today. Mind you, they have shut a number of the Grammar Schools (which feature in this movie) down. Could explain why they might struggle to get a modern audience.
M. KidgerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Definitely one for fans of John Arlott
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This is a rather curious film set in post-war middle England. The star of the film is John Arlott, or at least his voice, whatever the credits may say. Having heard David Putnam and Jon Agnew discuss the film at length on the Test Match Special lunchtime "A View from the Boundary" slot I admit that I ordered it immediately and was not disappointed. The Director gets the character if his adolescent star absolutely spot on and those of the girls in his class - torn between increasing interest in the opposite sex and revulsion for the interest - to a T. John Arlott's commentary on the way that the boy's intimate thoughts play out in his mind about what he is doing and the world around him is just brilliant.

In the end the question is: does the boy get the girl? Of course he does, just not the way that he expects to and the ending is all the better for being unexpected.
5 people found this helpful
W. MajorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 April 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Origins of the title
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Recently I saw a comment that the "Kipper" part related to a footballer. The film, although set over a decade before my childhood always seems spot on in its evocation of a suburban middle class schoolboys summer. Unrequited love and suppressed passions were totally familiar to me in the early 60s (please don't believe all you read about something called "the 60s" being all about free love and drugs -that was the late '60s early '70s, for me anyway). The whole atmosphere is low key, and only the events which affect the groundsman/caretakers career (I won't disclose what happens to him)bring a touch of the outside world into the film. An excellent film throughout.
4 people found this helpful
P Vivien PegramReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
First love
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I bought this for my daughter who appeared for all of 2 seconds, aged 10, in this touching story of first love.
3 people found this helpful
gARThIbizaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 November 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pre Beatles, nostalgic time travel......
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If you grew up in the 1950's and still remember schooldays, then this is a rewarding escape into a time of innocence, long lost, but vividly brought back to life by Michael Apted, linking the thoughts of a romantic schoolboy, to commentary by John Arlott. Great concept, well executed, I love it !
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Tom MundenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
A quality TV drama
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I watched this in my teens when first broadcast and I bought a copy out of nostalgic curiosity, with some vague memory that I'd enjoyed it. Sat down for a family Saturday evening with my teen girls and we all loved it. The historical content is educational, there is humour, true love and a loosly accurate portrayal of school life. It's nice to see a boy-meets-girl film that proves that the viewer can clearly understand what is happenening without the use of explicit language or nudity (for younger viewers). Of course for (older) cricket fans the film is enhanced by John Arlott's commentry which could have spoilt the story but it works well. One word of warning, your kids may return to school starting a new round of 'P'Tang Yang Kipperbangs' or 'Mananas"!
4 people found this helpful
Mr JD MeaganReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 June 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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very good item and service
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