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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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60 48%
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78 41%
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72 81%
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78 90%
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6 73%
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74 66%
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80 65%
Jun 09, 2016 caffe
76 58%
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.
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80 81%
Apr 26, 2016 justaname
60 21%
Mar 10, 2016 rohan1987
100 21%
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85 98%
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73 84%
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85 88%
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60 72%
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57 38%
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90 69%
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65 43%
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77 76%
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90 82%
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70 37%
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75 83%
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85 76%
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7 74%
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80 77%
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90 87%
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83 56%
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57 35%
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90 86%
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66 36%
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75 61%
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60 50%
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90 71%
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84 77%
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May 22, 2013 Nepeta
70 42%
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
87 96%
Apr 15, 2013 Malcym
6 51%
Mar 19, 2013 flowing flowing
73 86%
Feb 25, 2013 SirRobbie SirRobbie
80 81%
Jan 06, 2013 adoongdong
76 48%
Dec 21, 2012 Evolution Evolution
78 59%
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
100 97%
Nov 03, 2012 TonyS.
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94 85%
really good job!
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71 50%
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60 72%
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53 41%
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85 66%
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92 93%
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90 84%
Mar 25, 2010 JooJoo JooJoo
5 79%
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
78 86%
Feb 25, 2010 Moribunny Moribunny
85 94%
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
82 77%
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80 75%
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70 55%
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64 57%
Jan 20, 2010 onetwothree
50 40%
Dec 03, 2009 cat9man cat9man
86 76%
Sep 29, 2009 BigEvil Nathan S
3 49%
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
2 %
Jun 13, 2009 chrono-flux
85 87%
May 23, 2009 sidehacker sidehacker
73 60%
May 22, 2009 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
83 77%
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
78 90%
Mar 27, 2009 demonhatesme
91 72%
Mar 21, 2009 jkendrick j.kendrick
40 92%
"...makes everything old seem brilliantly and often hilariously new."
Mar 09, 2009 redmdb redmdb
91 74%
Feb 20, 2009 iceblox iceblox
70 62%
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
73 89%
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90 84%
Dec 22, 2008 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
65 66%
Nov 30, 2008 OrionZulu OrionZulu
72 30%
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
88 64%
Average Percentile 67.25% from 153 Rankings rss