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The Hippopotamus

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United Kingdom · 2017
1h 26m
Director John Jencks
Starring Roger Allam, Matthew Modine, Tim McInnerny, Emily Berrington
Genre Comedy

Disgraced poet Ted Wallace is summoned to his friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles.

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Total Film by

An old-fashioned romp through the eccentricities of the upper classes, it’s a fun mystery with a nicely filthy mind.


Empire by David Parkinson

Despite a wonderfully witty voiceover and the bullish playing of a willing ensemble, this bawdy romp consistently stumbles over its more contrived excesses.


The Guardian by Mike McCahill

We’re mostly watching Allam scowling at the eccentrics passing through his eyeline – but it’s still a pleasure, and often a joy, to watch the star measuring out and savouring Fry’s rich wordplay like fingers of scotch.

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