|Rotten to the Core|
|Directed by||John Boulting|
|Produced by||Roy Boulting|
|Written by||Roy Boulting|
|Music by||Michael Dress|
|Edited by||Teddy Darvas|
|Distributed by||British Lion|
|14 July 1965 UK|
Rotten to the Core is a 1965 British comedy film directed by John Boulting, and co-written and produced by his brother Roy Boulting. It stars Anton Rodgers, Charlotte Rampling, Eric Sykes and Ian Bannen. The film received a BAFTA nomination for Alex Vetchinsky's production design.
Upon finishing a prison sentence, a trio of crooks immediately go in search of their one-time leader, known as "The Duke", who was supposed to safeguard their share of the money which was never recovered. However, the Duke's girlfriend Sara tells them the Duke is dead and the money is long gone. Later, the gang discover that she's lying, and that the Duke has set up a bogus spa, the Hope Springs Nature Clinic, where he is planning a major heist with some criminal cronies.
- Anton Rodgers as the Duke
- Charlotte Rampling as Sara Capell
- Eric Sykes as William Hunt
- Ian Bannen as Lt. Percy Vine
- Thorley Walters as Chief Constable Preston
- Peter Vaughan as Sir Henry Capell
- Dudley Sutton as Jelly
- Kenneth Griffith as Lenny the Dip
- James Beckett as Scapa Flood
- Victor Maddern as Anxious O'Toole
- Avis Bunnage as Countess de Wett
- Frank Jarvis as Moby
- Raymond Huntley as Prison Governor
- Dandy Nichols as Woman in Cemetery
The film was based on an original idea by Roy Boulting which he got when recuperating from a broken neck in 1964. "Call it a cynical comment on organised thievery today," he said. Filming started in February 1965 at Shepperton Studios. They deliberately used little known actors in the film.
- Time Out wrote the film had "some mildly funny moments, but most of the jokes are laboriously set up and loudly telegraphed."
- Variety wrote Anton Rodgers "shows versatility in four or five characterizations...(But) the Boulting Brothers’ knives are less sharp than customary."
- "BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org.
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- Focus on 'Rotten' Crime in Britain By A.H. WEILER. New York Times 28 Feb 1965: X9
- "Rotten to the Core | review, synopsis, book tickets, showtimes, movie release date | Time Out London". Timeout.com. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
- "Rotten to the Core". Variety. 31 December 1964. Retrieved 10 March 2014.