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What's the best English film ever made

00:00 Wed 25th Apr 2001 |

A.� Empire film magazine has just published the results of a survey carried out to mark St George's Day on 23 April and the number one all time best English film was The Full Monty, according to readers.

Q. Who directed that and what's it all about

A.� The 1997 film was directed by Peter Cattaneo, starring Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy. It was set in working class Sheffield and followed the lives of redundant steel-workers. It became the most popular film ever made in the UK and was nominated three times for an Oscar. It has also inspired a Broadway musical in New York.� It cost just over �3.94 million to make, but has made over �294 million at the box office.

Q.� What about the other winners in the list

A.� The list produced some surprising and not so surprising runners and riders:

  • 2nd - The Italian Job, made in 1969, starring Michael Caine, Noel Coward and Benny Hill.
  • 3rd - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, this 1998 hit was directed by Guy Ritchie, who last year married Madonna.
  • 4th - Withnail and I, which starred Richard E Grant and Paul McGann
  • 5th - The Third Man. This Oscar-winning script was adapted from Graham Greene's novel of the same name and set in post-war Vienna. It starred Orson Welles and Trevor Howard.
  • 6th - Four Weddings and a Funeral. This blockbuster affair was the launchpad for stars Hugh Grant, John Hannah and Kristen Scott Thomas. It was directed by Mike Newell.
  • 7th - Get Carter. The 1971 archtypal British gangster movie, set in Newcastle, starred Michael Caine and Britt Eckland. Not a lot of people knew that.
  • 8th -�The Ladykillers. This darkly comic film with Alec Guinness and Peter Sellars, was one of the rare Ealing comedies shot in techicolour.

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By Katharine MacColl

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