Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers

The Complete Collection

DVD - 2001
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Basil Fawlty is the sharp-tongued, short-fused owner of Fawlty Towers, a hotel plagued by crisis, chaos and bizarre characters. This set collects all 12 episodes of the British comedy, and also includes interviews with the writer and star, John Cleese.
Publisher: [London] : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2001]
ISBN: 9780790760414
079076041X
Branch Call Number: TV DVD
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (500 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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RoyalJellyIII
Jul 13, 2018

Nothing really needs to be said about this classic British sitcom, except that it contains some of the most brilliant, most hilarious, and most humiliatingly ghastly moments in the entire history of television.

And "Fawlty Towers Complete Collection" brings together the entire series in all its embarrassing avalanchal glory. It's one of those universally funny TV shows, all about the undignified exploits of a perpetually hostile, repressed and tetchy hotel manager, and the more competent staff who try to keep things sane, written with demented zeal ("That's Brahms! Brahms' Third Racket!") and excellent comic acting.

Basil (John Cleese) and Sybil Fawlty (Prunella Scales) run a moderately-sized hotel in Torquay, with the assistance of the clever waitress Polly (Connie Booth) and the Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs) whose grasp of English is a work in progress. The hotel is home to a dotty old soldier, fluttery spinsters, and a revolving door of very dissatisfied customers.
"Fawlty Towers Complete Collection" is one of those shows that shone brightly and briefly, like a fireworks display. Hilarious, uproarious, and utterly timeless.

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Calvacade
Jun 22, 2018

Fawlty Towers is still the funniest series ever produced. The cast was perfect, the scripts crisp, action-packed and hilarious, and the situations were totally believable. John Cleese is a master of physical and verbal comedy, with the remarkable goose-step, the thrashing of the mini, the manhandling of Manuel, the spasmodic jerks and jumps - one can go on and on. The rest of the cast is perfect and fantastics, but Cleese is the pivotal character in the mix. His unctious, obsequiousness to those perceived to be in the upper class and drop-dead rudeness to everyone else is one of key elements of action at Fawlty Towers.
The episodes in this series are so tightly written that several of them actually seem like two separate episodes in terms of action (the concussion/fire alarm is a prime example).
This series is the best comedy series ever made. It can be watched again and again and again. If you have not discovered the joys of Fawlty Towers and its dysfunctional staff, rush out and and watch it.

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mooooks
Mar 19, 2016

My dad showed this to me and ever since then I've been obsessed! Such a crazy, laugh out loud comedy that is utterly bonkers but sweet.

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striver
Jan 17, 2015

Great show and still hilarious after all these years - btw The girl who played Polly was apparently married to John Cleese.

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theojays
Aug 07, 2013

this was a good series in the seventies, but it ran out of steam...overacting sure,,,poor scripts,,,yeah...i thought the female lead polly was erxytremely attractive.

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uzebdrumz
Oct 24, 2012

A classic collection of 12 episodes that require no introduction.

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mungywhite
Aug 16, 2012

It still makes me laugh, more than 30 years later.

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AlcoolismSteve
Aug 12, 2012

Comedy is great in the movie.

mikeyppl Apr 27, 2012

In my opinion the greatest sitcom of all time.

mikeyppl Mar 14, 2012

Greatest sitcom of all time.

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