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THE STRIKE

UK, 1987 (MIFF 1988, The Comic Strip Presents)

Director: Peter Richardson

What would happen, asks The Strike, if Hollywood bought the rights to the story of the miners' strike? The most recent (and most ambitious) Comic Strip protect takes on the movie establishment, sending up the excesses of tinsel town moguls. Paul (Alexei Sayle) a decent young chap from the country has his worthy script turned into a vehicle for Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, where Arthur Scargill is transformed into a "mumbling ball of sexual tension" with a Welsh/New York accent. Comic Strip main man Richardson wrote, directed and plays Pacino, method-mumble perfect

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