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The History of Mr Polly (2007)

TV Movie | 120 min | Drama

In the early 1900s Alfred Polly, still hankering after his dream girl Christabel, marries Miriam Larkins and they open a shop, but, as the years go by, the marriage becomes stale and Polly feels trapped. He decides to stage his own death ...See moreIn the early 1900s Alfred Polly, still hankering after his dream girl Christabel, marries Miriam Larkins and they open a shop, but, as the years go by, the marriage becomes stale and Polly feels trapped. He decides to stage his own death by burning down the shop but becomes an accidental hero when he saves a deaf old lady from the flames. Giving Miriam the insurance pay-out he decides to go walkabout and gets a job at a country pub, the Potwell Inn, run by a kindly landlady. However, her violent nephew Jim is driving the customers away and Polly reluctantly faces up to him. Jim is drunk and falls in the river and drowns, wearing a pair of trousers stolen from Polly with Polly's name inside and so at last Polly has his perfect escape as it is assumed his is the corpse. After a visit to Miriam, now perfectly happy running a tea-shop, he returns to the Potwell Inn and the idyllic life he has always craved. Written by don @ minifie-1 See less
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Adrian Hodges (screenplay) | H.G. Wells (novel)
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$ 7,000,000
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Oct 30, 2007 (United States)
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29 cast members
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Lee Evans
Alfred Polly Alfred Polly   See fewer
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Anne-Marie Duff
Miriam Larkins Miriam Larkins   See fewer
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Julie Graham
Nancy Potter Nancy Potter   See fewer
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Beans El-Balawi
Young Polly (as Beans Balawi) Young Polly (as Beans Balawi)   See fewer
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Richard Elfyn
William Polly William Polly   See fewer
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Paul Bown
Teacher Teacher   See fewer
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Catrin Morgan
Miss Armitage Miss Armitage   See fewer
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John Warnaby
Mansfield Mansfield   See fewer
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Roger Lloyd Pack
Mr. Johnson (as Roger Lloyd-Pack) Mr. Johnson (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)   See fewer
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Selina Cadell
Mrs Johnson Mrs Johnson   See fewer
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Chrissie Cotterill
Mrs. Larkins Mrs. Larkins   See fewer
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Monica Dolan
Annie Larkins Annie Larkins   See fewer
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Rebecca O'Mara
Minnie Larkins Minnie Larkins   See fewer
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Stan Stennett
Uncle Penstemon Uncle Penstemon   See fewer
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Peter Pacey
Mr. Voules Mr. Voules   See fewer
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Georgia King
Christabel Christabel   See fewer
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Elvi Piper
Christabel's Friend Christabel's Friend   See fewer
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Rachel Rice
Christabel's Friend Christabel's Friend   See fewer
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Trevor Cooper
Rumbold Rumbold   See fewer
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Patrick Monckton
Campbell - Fireman Campbell - Fireman   See fewer
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Ann Beach
Mrs. Rumbold Mrs. Rumbold   See fewer
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Isabella Parriss
Little Miss Polly Little Miss Polly   See fewer
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Bryan Robson
Blake - Policeman Blake - Policeman   See fewer
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Gareth Griffiths
Horace (as Gareth Wyn Griffiths) Horace (as Gareth Wyn Griffiths)   See fewer
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Eiry Hughes
Barmaid (uncredited) Barmaid (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Ninnis
Crowd (uncredited) Crowd (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.1 / 10 | 163 votes