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Afternoon Off (1979)

Lee, a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, despite speaking very little English. Told that a girl called Iris might be interested in him, on his afternoon off work he buys a box of chocolates and sets off to find her.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writer:

Alan Bennett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Man Henry Man ... Lee
Benjamin Whitrow ... Father
Angela Morant ... Mother
Pasquale Perrino Pasquale Perrino ... Maitre d'
Philip Jackson ... Bernard
Harold Innocent ... Marjory
Pete Postlethwaite ... Attendant in Art Gallery
Stan Richards ... Man in Art Gallery
Harry Markham Harry Markham ... Harry
Jackie Shinn Jackie Shinn ... Jackie (as Jackie Shin)
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Miss Beckinsale
Peter Butterworth ... Mr Bywaters
Joan Scott ... Manageress of Shoe Shop
Angela Curran Angela Curran ... Shirley
Carol MacReady ... Customer in Shoe Shop
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Lee, a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, despite speaking very little English. Told that a girl called Iris might be interested in him, on his afternoon off work he buys a box of chocolates and sets off to find her.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Six Plays by Alan Bennett: Afternoon Off See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Marjory: [finding Lee has bought chocolates for Iris] Chocolates? They won't do it for chocolates, you know. This isn't Berlin in 1945!
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The way we were and the way we probaby still are
12 December 2019 | by danremenyiSee all my reviews

A very poignant account of the problems of being an outsider. It brings out human reactions in a situation of zero empathy and shows how dreadful disinterest in our fellow humans can be. It shows racism as an underpinning attitude in our society.


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