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The National Health, or Nurse Norton's Affair Details

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National Health, or Nurse Norton's Affair is an antic filmization of Peter Nichols' play, originally staged by Britain's National Theatre. A scattershot satire of the red tape and inconsistencies of England's National Health program, the film is set in the men's ward of an old, crumbling hospital. Moments of lunatic farce dovetail into scenes of blood-drenched human tragedy, leading one wag to label this film Peter Nichols. The film's highlight is a lachrymose lampoon of TV medical soap operas. The cast of Peter Nichols is comprised of some of the most polished farceurs in the British isles. Nurse Norton is played by Lynn Redgrave (who ironically later starred in the American hospital-based sitcom Lynn Redgrave), while other key roles are filled by TV comedienne Eleanor Bron, Eleanor Bron alumnus Jim Dale and future Jim Dale star Bob Hoskins. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Lynn Redgrave
as Nurse Sweet/Betty
Eleanor Bron
as Sister McFee/Sister Mary
Sheila Scott-Wilkinson
as Nurse Powell/Cleo Norton
Jim Dale
as Barnet
Colin Blakely
as Loach
Clive Swift
as Ash
Mervyn Johns
as Rees
David Hutcheson
as Mackie
Bert Palmer
as Flagg
Bob Hoskins
as Foster
John Hamill
as Kenny
Maureen Pryor
as Matron
Jumoke Debayo
as Nurse Lake
Gillian Barge
as Dr. Bird
James Hazeldine
as Student Doctor
Graham Weston
as Michael
Don Hawkins
as Les
Neville Aurelius
as Leyland/Monk
George Browne
as Chaplain
Jim Dale
as Neil
Jim Dale
as Barnet
Jim Dale
as Neil
George Browne
as Chaplain
Clive Swift
as Ash
Gillian Barge
as Dr. Bird
Jumoke Debayo
as Nurse Lake
John Hamill
as Kenny
Sheila Scott-Wilkinson
as Nurse Powell/Cleo Norton
James Hazeldine
as Student Doctor
David Hutcheson
as Mackie
Colin Blakely
as Loach
Eleanor Bron
as Sister McFee/Sister Mary
Neville Aurelius
as Leyland/Monk
Don Hawkins
as Les
Maureen Pryor
as Matron
Lynn Redgrave
as Nurse Sweet/Betty
Graham Weston
as Michael
Bob Hoskins
as Foster
Bert Palmer
as Flagg
Mervyn Johns
as Rees

Crew

Jack Gold
Director
Jack Gold
Producer
Terry Glinwood
Producer
Ned Sherrin
Producer
John Coquillon
Cinematographer
Ralph Sheldon
Editor
Ray Simm
Production Designer
Bill Rowe
Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Sharrock
Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Gowans
First Assistant Director
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