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Henry Hobson runs a successful bootmaker's shop in nineteenth-century Salford. A widower with a weakness for the pub opposite, he tries forcefully to rule the lives of his three unruly daughters. When he decrees 'no marriages' to avoid the expensive matter of settlements, eldest daughter Maggie rebels and sets her sights on Will Mossop, Hobson's star bootmaker. Maggie and Will leave to start up in competition, and she then turns her mind to helping her sisters marry their chosen partners. (imdb)

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Hobson's Choice belongs to 26 collections
1. Criterion Collection (public: moderated by caffe - 119 stars)
2. They Shoot Pictures' Recommended Viewing (public: moderated by Cinephile - 15 stars)
3. Doubling The Canon (your public collection - 13 stars) | remove from collection
4. Golden Bear (public: moderated by CCLZA - 11 stars)
5. Best of criticker: Drama (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 8 stars)
6. Doubling The Canon (2010 update) (public: moderated by MMAlpha - 5 stars)
7. Best of criticker: Romance (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 4 stars)
8. Alcoholism (public: moderated by iceblox - 1 star)
9. Doubling the Canon (2011 update) (public: moderated by MMAlpha - 1 star)
10. Doubling the Canon (2012 update) (public: moderated by Cinephile - 1 star)
11. BAFTA Award for Best British Film (Nominees) (public: moderated by ellinikos)
12. Manchester (public: moderated by Ag0stoMesmer)
13. Watchlist (private: sdenka)
14. Ignored Films (your private collection) | remove from collection
15. Rated (private: giska)
16. Watchlist (private: GrimsChild)
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Date User Score
Sep 16 Grouchy Grouchy
78T5
Aug 01 fra paolo
72T9
Play-turned-film, although it is still a little bit boxed-in. It is a fable of Labour's 'the People's Britain' avant la lettre as the source-play was first performed in 1915. a) Set in the North, in Greater Manchester. b) Presents the feminism of limited objectives c) Shows how the working man can be liberated by faith in his potential and education d) Is rooted in preserving the family e) Rejects any radical socialist transformation for a universal petit bourgeois future.
Jul 08 Fuentissimo Fuentissimo
64T9
Jul 01 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
74T7
Jun 27 Zeno
80T10
Jun 13 AHP
70T4
May 15 DrWade42
77T6
May 09 fish_beauty
97T8
Mar 12 mike365365 mike365365
64T6
Mar 11 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
74T10
Feb 12 Mochard Mochard
63T7
Jan 03 Buff
65T10
Dec 23, 2016 auhasarderik auhasarderik
8T8
Nov 13, 2016 bal3x bal3x
71T9
Oct 23, 2016 jerrywarton
78T10
Oct 22, 2016 henrybr
80T9
Oct 19, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
15T8
Sep 12, 2016 opiumden opium_den
100T9
Jul 19, 2016 M-B-M
7T8
Jul 07, 2016 DancingP
74T7
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
80T8
Jun 09, 2016 caffe
76T6
Tremendously enjoyable small-time affair, with Laughton at his blustery best and a remarkably strong performance from Brenda De Banzie (who up to now has been unknown to me). Seeing her take down all the symbols of patriarchal society around her whilst staying the hero of the piece and rarely falling into old stereotypes of "the shrew" is a joy. All from Major Barbara, through Brief Encounter and up to here, David Lean really emerges as a champion of strong women coming into their own. Kudos.
May 05, 2016 Woolfiedesu Woolfiedesu
80T9
Apr 29, 2016 giska giska
52T5
Apr 26, 2016 justaname
60T3
Mar 10, 2016 rohan1987
100T6
Feb 22, 2016 scottmcc scott.mcc
80T9
Jan 28, 2016 TheDiceman TheDiceman
85T10
Excellent.
Jan 03, 2016 quenyks
84T6
Dec 28, 2015 thundercat
40T3
Dec 28, 2015 cloondog
73T9
Dec 28, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
39T9
Dec 14, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73T6
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
80T9
Oct 18, 2015 zequalquer ze_qualquer
85T9
Sep 01, 2015 xanderbisc xanderbisc
60T8
Aug 25, 2015 LightningBob
57T4
Aug 22, 2015 kbruder kbruder
90T8
Aug 21, 2015 punk_dfc
65T5
Jul 16, 2015 thirdeye42
77T8
May 18, 2015 zetes
90T9
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
70T4
Apr 03, 2015 Zoltan Zoltan
75T9
Mar 31, 2015 Warren Warren
85T8
Mar 21, 2015 ManInBlack ManInBlack
7T7
Feb 27, 2015 MEHRANAFSHAR MEHRANAFSHAR
80T9
Jan 29, 2015 LosWochos
90T9
Jan 15, 2015 glumpy99 glumpy_99
83T6
Jan 02, 2015 micmac micmac•
57T4
Nov 29, 2014 10kfilms
90T9
Nov 11, 2014 panchovilla
66T4
Aug 16, 2014 cayh
75T7
Aug 11, 2014 ludwigvan ludwigvan
74T7
Jun 06, 2014 Cloudynow Cloudynow
80T10
May 18, 2014 Telemecus
44T5
Feb 17, 2014 batui
80T8
Feb 16, 2014 Communicants Communicants
75T7
Feb 03, 2014 bizarreeye bizarre_eye
50T2
Jan 09, 2014 MrBadcrumble MrBadcrumble
70T8
Jan 06, 2014 DannyPizdetz
80T5
Jan 04, 2014 ar656
80T6
Dec 06, 2013 Sinemaestro Amadeus
72T7
Nov 02, 2013 JJ1986 JJ1986
80T10
Oct 27, 2013 EmeraldGuard EmeraldGuard
100T10
Oct 23, 2013 Woody92 Woody92
63T1
Aug 28, 2013 Barkinson
80T10
Aug 10, 2013 Sheldrake Sheldrake
70T7
Jul 30, 2013 sanelyidle sanelyidle
80T8
Jul 20, 2013 ElvisLaw
78T6
Jul 09, 2013 donquixotic
60T6
Jun 23, 2013 WhiteFay
90T9
Jun 22, 2013 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
84T8
There's some great cinematography here for a comedy and some rather strong writing, but the best part is how effective the actors are despite not being particularly showy. The tone is mix of British and Hollywood comedy and it turns out quite enjoyably.
May 22, 2013 Nepeta
70T5
For the most part very amusing (though the main musical theme is veeeeery irritating, and Charles Laughton tends to overdo the drunken scenes a tad). Brenda De Banzie is terrific, and the interactions between her and John Mills were rather charming and sweet.
May 13, 2013 filmcricket
87T10
Apr 15, 2013 Malcym
6T6
Mar 19, 2013 flowing flowing
73T9
Feb 25, 2013 SirRobbie SirRobbie
80T9
Jan 06, 2013 adoongdong
76T5
Dec 21, 2012 Evolution Evolution
78T6
Lots of great acting here, and I loved the camerawork during Hobson's drunken spells. That over-sized rat was creepy.
Dec 14, 2012 frbrown frbrown
100T10
Nov 03, 2012 TonyS.
80T9
Oct 23, 2012 Ronin21
86T9
Sep 10, 2012 amirmovie amirmovie
81T6
Sep 08, 2012 nmroshan nmroshan
85T8
Jun 04, 2012 Wulf
80T10
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
83T10
May 29, 2012 hajikarimi hajikarimi
94T9
really good job!
May 28, 2012 gleeb
76T8
Apr 24, 2012 Dunstan_xxx Dunstan-xxx
78T9
Apr 15, 2012 skubas
0T1
old
Apr 10, 2012 guvolefou guvolefou
76T6
Apr 07, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
71T6
Feb 23, 2012 Dogubomb Dogubomb
50T6
Feb 12, 2012 JoeyStewart
99T10
Jan 04, 2012 adrian adrian
60T8
Dec 13, 2011 HeisLloyd
96T10
Oct 17, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
75T10
Oct 13, 2011 Alex_S Alex S
9T9
Aug 26, 2011 MISTER DADE
75T6
Aug 15, 2011 sanguinary sanguinary
90T10
Jul 27, 2011 Hopscotch Hopscotch
92T9
Jun 23, 2011 VinegarBob VinegarBob
90T10
Apr 17, 2011 Antares Antares
84T9
Apr 15, 2011 bogancross
63T8
Mar 19, 2011 NRM01
59T6
Mar 17, 2011 Guernica Guernica
64T8
Mar 14, 2011 Glaz82
90T8
Jan 26, 2011 LLawliet L Lawliet
80T7
Jan 01, 2011 Travisbickle Travisbickle
85T6
Nov 29, 2010 tyoda
90T10
Nov 05, 2010 OfTheAllies OfTheAllies
75T8
Nov 04, 2010 kastenm kastenm
69T6
Oct 21, 2010 JerryJ JerryJ
60T6
Oct 04, 2010 winds winds
5T6
Sep 29, 2010 magnoliakid
88T3
Sep 05, 2010 Nygaard Nygaard
80T9
Aug 23, 2010 losrasputin losrasputin
65T3
Aug 10, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
78T9
Jun 20, 2010 Wavefront
95T8
Jun 13, 2010 Siltem Siltem
53T5
Jun 08, 2010 ehrenkm
85T8
May 03, 2010 chiphall72
92T10
Apr 30, 2010 skeller
90T9
Mar 25, 2010 JooJoo JooJoo
5T8
I like the role-reversals in its treatment of the sexes, it's just a bit silly and lacking in charm. The exception is more of that wonderful photography expected of Lean.
Mar 03, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
78T9
Feb 25, 2010 Moribunny Moribunny
85T10
Hobson's Choice is one of those rarest of movies in which script, directing and acting compete neck and neck for supremacy. A fantastic movie, hilariously funny and thoroughly touching.
Feb 15, 2010 Crazy_Jack Crazy Jack
82T8
Feb 05, 2010 laika laika
80T8
Jan 31, 2010 Fran
70T6
Jan 23, 2010 bruinsfan bruinsfan
64T6
Jan 20, 2010 onetwothree
50T5
Dec 03, 2009 cat9man cat9man
86T8
Sep 29, 2009 BigEvil Nathan S
3T6
A goofy comedy about social mores and gender roles, with Brenda De Banzie steamrolling the men around her. Written and played wonderfully, with typical sterling marks by Lean.
Sep 09, 2009 negative
2T6
Jun 13, 2009 chrono-flux
85T9
May 23, 2009 sidehacker sidehacker
73T7
May 22, 2009 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
83T8
David Lean never disappoints (well, I'm not crazy about Summertime, but then again I owe it a fresh viewing). One of his few comedies, Hobson's Choice is a delightful, breezy romp that both lampoons and celebrates several facts of the British spirit. The simple plot is propped up by three wonderful characters, expertly played by Charles Laughton, Brenda De Banzie and John Mills. Laughton's slapsticky inebriation is a little much for me, but it pays off with a terrific d.t.'s scene.
Apr 19, 2009 imdb imdb
78T10
Mar 27, 2009 demonhatesme
91T8
Mar 21, 2009 jkendrick j.kendrick
40T10
"...makes everything old seem brilliantly and often hilariously new."
Mar 09, 2009 redmdb redmdb
91T8
Feb 20, 2009 iceblox iceblox
70T7
Always a pleasure to watch Laughton and his antics, although he may have gone overboard a bit on the inebriated scenes.
Feb 03, 2009 filmaffinity filmaffinity
73T9
Jan 09, 2009 graveyardtan graveyardtan
90T9
Dec 22, 2008 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
65T7
Nov 30, 2008 OrionZulu OrionZulu
72T4
Laughton hams his way through the film rather annoyingly, but it's still a very neat little film and fun to watch. Though unquestionably dated.
Jun 15, 2008 Kermit
88T8
Average Tier 7.48 from 147 Rankings rss