THE GREEN MAN Hit and Amis
released OUT NOW! 1990 | 15 | DVD
Director Elijah Moshinsky
Cast Albert Finney, Linda Marlowe,
Sarah Berger, Michael Hordern, Josie Lawrence, Nicky Henson
Maurice Allington ( a superb Albert Finney), owner of restaurant- cum- hotel The Green Man, is having something of a mid- life crisis. His father’s just died at dinner, he has a closer relationship with alcohol than his teenage daughter, and his efforts to get his wife and mistress into a threesome may not end in success. Oh, and he sees ghosts – ancient, scary ones that were only meant to be part of the spiel he gives to tourists.
Like the 1969 Kingsley Amis novel on which it’s based, this three- part BBC serial is a curious hybrid of moral fable, comic yarn and ghost story, and arguably the supernatural aspect is the least successful of the three. Its scares will be familiar to those who’ve seen just a few ghostly screen tales.
It’s best when it’s at its most typically Amisesque – with quirky characters being darkly humorous, like Maurice organising the threesome on the day of his dad’s funeral. The extraordinarily gory sequence which kicks it off certainly isn’t in keeping with the general mood. Possibly too dawdling and urbane for some, it’s nevertheless one of the more unusual and intriguing TV dramas of its day.
Extras None. Russell Lewin
Look out for a copy of Amis’s The Old Devils – plus Stephen King’s Skeleton Crew and James Herbert’s The Fog.
Some were happier than others about the spelling of “centre”.
The wait for internet porn continued.