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Peter Sellers gives a splendid, understated performance in this gentle comedy-drama. Liz (Donna Mullane) and Mark (John Chaffey) are a pair of poor children trying to get by on the streets of London. In their travels, Liz and Mark get to know Sam (Sellers), a one-time music hall performer who these days performs for change with his dog on streetcorners. Sam takes the youngsters under his wing and helps remind them of the simply joys of living that they've forgotten in their hardscrabble lives. Also released as The Optimists of Nine Elms, The Optimists features several original songs by Lionel Bart and an incidental score by George Martin, best known as the man who produced The Beatles' recordings. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 28, 2006

Cast

Peter Sellers
as Sam
Donna Mullane
as Liz
John Chaffey
as Mark
David Daker
as Bob Ellis
Marjorie Yates
as Chrissie Ellis
Pat Ashton
as Mrs. Bonini
Hilary Pritchard
as Laundry Ladies
Bernie Searl
Tommy Wright
as Dustman
Bruce Purchase
as Park Policeman

Crew

Anthony Simmons
Director
Victor Lyndon
Producer
Adrian Gaye
Producer
Tudor Gates
Screenwriter
Anthony Simmons
Book Author
Anthony Simmons
Screenwriter
Larry Pizer
Cinematographer
John Jympson
Editor
Robert Cartwright
Art Director
Ivan Sharrock
Sound/Sound Designer
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