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  • Actors: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson, Prunella Scales
  • Directors: David Lean
  • Writers: David Lean, Norman Spencer, Harold Brighouse, Wynyard Browne
  • Producers: David Lean, Norman Spencer
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Feb. 17 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LMU1A0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,210 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Hobson's Choice (The Criterion Collection)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By UK, French, Canadian tri-national on Aug. 30 2009
Format: DVD
I had never seen or heard of this low-key delightful treasure until I came across it in VHS in our local library almost 20 years ago. Charles Laughton is superb as a widower with three daughters. The story is set in the north of England before the first World War. Unmarried women past a certain age were to be pitied, drinking (especially to excess) was shameful, girls expected their fathers to increase their chances of marriage by providing large dowries. The oldest daughter, Maggie, splendidly played by Brenda de Banzie (you'll remember her from Hitchcock's Man Who Knew Too Much), is clever but plain and "on the shelf." It is clear from the beginning that she runs the household and the family shoe shop while her father spends most of his time in the pub and her sisters (Daphne Anderson and a very young Prunella Scales - who was John Cleese's wife in Fawlty Towers) are keener on flirting with their beaus. Maggie decides she has had enough slavery and sets her sights on marrying Willie Mossop (John Mills), her father's boot maker. The film is the story of how Maggie gets her wish, while still looking after the future of her father, her sisters and of the family business. Beautifully scripted and acted, it is full of gentle humour and has the best before-and-after-the-wedding-night scenes I have ever seen. Fans of British films will recognize many well-know actors in supporting roles. I bought my own copy in VHS years ago, which became a favourite in my family and with everyone I've lent it to. Thank goodness it is finally out on DVD. My tape was quite worn out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Parsha Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 23 2009
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If you're a fan of this era of movies and actors(actresses), this is one of the best. Even my young son (19 years old) said it held his attention and was "not as bad as I thought it would be" . This is high praise coming from him. As for myself,I thought it was great and highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eltee on Jan. 4 2014
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This is one of the best movies I have watched. It is a good family movie and very funny. I would recommend it.
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I first saw this movie about 70 years ago in Southampton, England with my wife who was supporting me as a Ph.D. student.
It was a double feature with The Blue Lamp - the cinema was good value then!
We both loved Hobson's Choice then & have enjoyed it twice over the years when it showed on T.V. (T.V. Ontario, probably)
Now we can see it when we like! Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie - all great plus a great British supporting cast - some great cameos.
If you don't know the movie I suggest you check out IMDB & read what more literate critics than I have to offer.
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