The Wrong Box DVD

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A "tontine" is drawn up on behalf several young British boys. Each of the boys' parents had placed 1000 pounds in a pool, to be invested and expanded upon. The resultant fortune will go to the last surving member of the tontine. A series of montages depicts the various demises of the heirs. Finally, only two of the tontine participants are left: aged brothers Ralph Richardson and John Mills. On his last legs, Mills is determined that Richardson will not outlive him, and to that end attempts to kill his brother; each attempt fails spectacularly, with the doddering... Richardson none the wiser. Standing to benefit from the tontine are Mills' dimwitted med-student son Michael Caine and Richardson's greedy nephews Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. When Richardson is supposedly killed in a train wreck, Cook and Moore don't want the authorities to find out, so they appropriate what they think is their uncle's corpse and ship it home in a box. Thus it is that Caine finds the body of a perfect stranger on his doorstep. The farcical complications begin flying about thick and fast from this point onward. Among the participants in this wacky film are such formidable talents as Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock, Wilfred Lawson, Thorley Walters, Norman Rossington, Irene Handl and Cicely Courtenedge. Based on a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wrong Box is a delightful harkback to the glory days of Britain's Ealing comedies. [show more]

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Released
16 February 2009
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DVD 
Publisher
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 
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102 minutes 
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PAL 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play A "tontine" is drawn up on behalf several young British boys Each of the boys&39; parents had placed 1000 pounds in a pool to be invested and expanded upon The resultant fortune will go to the last surving member of the tontine A series of montages depicts the various demises of the heirs Finally only two of the tontine participants are left aged brothers Ralph Richardson and John Mills On his last legs Mills is determined that Richardson will not outlive him and to that end attempts to kill his brother; each attempt fails spectacularly with the doddering Richardson none the wiser Standing to benefit from the tontine are Mills&39; dimwitted med-student son Michael Caine and Richardson&39;s greedy nephews Peter Cook and Dudley Moore When Richardson is supposedly killed in a train wreck Cook and Moore don&39;t want the authorities to find out so they appropriate what they think is their uncle&39;s corpse and ship it home in a box Thus it is that Caine finds the body of a perfect stranger on his doorstep The farcical complications begin flying about thick and fast from this point onward Among the participants in this wacky film are such formidable talents as Peter Sellers Tony Hancock Wilfred Lawson Thorley Walters Norman Rossington Irene Handl and Cicely Courtenedge Based on a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson The Wrong Box is a delightful harkback to the glory days of Britain&39;s Ealing comedies Actors John Mills Michael Caine Ralph Richardson Peter Cook Dudley Moore Jeremy Lloyd James Villiers Graham Stark Richard Gregory Nicholas Parsons Willoughby Goddard Valentine Dyall Leonard Rossiter Peter Sellers & John Le Mesurier Director Bryan Forbes Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 1966 Screen Widescreen 1781 Languages English - Mono Subtitles English for the hearing impaired Closed Captions Yes Duration 1 hour and 41 minutes (approx) Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players

Comedy set in Victorian times about a group bet on who'll be the last to die. A veritable who's-who of the sixties British comedy scene, 'The Wrong Box' concerns two brothers (John Mills and Ralph Richardson) who are the last surviving members of a tontine, an investment scheme set up many years before in which the last surviving member stands to receive a fortune. The pair's relatives, however, eschew waiting for fate and instead opt to hurry along the course of nature by a series of hilarious and unlikely attempts on the older men's lives. Michael Caine plays Mills' grandson Michael, a mindless medical student, and the ever-witty Peter Cook and Dudley Moore play Morris and John - Richardson's two schemingly avaricious nephews. Also features guest appearances by the Brit comedy icons Tony Hancock and Peter Sellers.