Nuts In May (1976) (Region 1 DVD)

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Nuts in May is about the hilarious and appalling things that happen to Keith and Candice-Marie, a pair of terrifically self-satisfied, middle-class vegans still high on the hippy philosophy of the 1060's. The film follows the pair on a camping trip that is near a disaster for them. Powerful performances by Roger Sloman as Keith and Leigh's favorite actress (and wife) Alison Steadman as Candice-Marie brings Nuts in May to a funny yet biting conclusion.

Product Details

Barcode
759259140523
Department
Movies & TV
Released
29 Jun 2004
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Comedy
Sub-genre
British Television
Region
Region 1
Studio
Water Bearer Films
Runtime
84 min
Age Restriction
UNR
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Nuts in May
Release Year
1976
Running Time
84 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Television / British / British Comedy / British Television / Couples / Essential Cinema / Made-For-Network TV / On-The-Road / Recommended / Satire / Social Issues / Theatrical Release / Vacations
Ratings
IMDb
8.0
Synopsis
Director Mike Leigh delivers another raucous social comedy with NUTS IN MAY. Keith (Roger Sloman) and Candice-Marie (Alison Steadman)--an interminably smug, self-satisfied English couple--settle down for a 10-day holiday at a rural camping site. It isn't long before their peaceful trip is disturbed with the arrival of Ray (Anthony O'Donnell), a college student who blasts his radio continually. Tensions between the campers are eventually calmed, but Candice-Marie's newfound admiration for Ray sparks friction between her and Keith. When Finger (Stephen Bill) and Honky (Sheila Kelley) arrive, their lack of respect for the rules culminates in a near physical brawl.

In traditional Leigh fashion, the director lets his story develop at a leisurely pace, concentrating more on character development for the film's first two acts. By the time the new campers threaten Keith's strict moral values by breaking the rules and starting a fire, each character has become a completely distinct individual, resulting in an argument that is hysterical and moving at the same time. As the snooty Keith and Candice-Marie, Sloman and Steadman deliver supremely convincing performances along with the supporting players, who add hilarity and class conflict to the proceedings.
Notes
NUTS IN MAY premiered in 1976 on BBC television, as part of their "Play For Today" series.

Filmed on location in Dorset, England.
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Region [unknown]
  • Keep Case
Poster
Poster for Nuts in May
Cast & Crew
Director
Mike Leigh
Star
Eric Allan / Stephen Bill / Sheila Kelley / Anthony O'Donnell / Roger Sloman / Alison Steadman
Screenwriter
Mike Leigh
Producer
David E. Rose
Director of Photography
Michael Williams
Editor
Oliver White
Production Designer
David Crozier
Movie Critics
New York Times
"...Hilarious and appalling....Great performances by [Sloman and Steadman]..."
Vincent Canby (10 Apr 1992, p.C1)
Uncut
"Worth catching for the performances..."
Uncut Staff (1 Aug 2000, p.130)