A Private Function. Image shows from L to R: Gilbert Chilvers (Michael Palin), Joyce Chilvers (Maggie Smith).

A Private Function

1984 British comedy film about food rationing and social climbing. Stars Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Richard Griffiths, Tony Haygarth and others.

Cast & Crew

Main cast
Michael Palin Gilbert Chilvers
Maggie Smith Joyce Chilvers
Denholm Elliott Dr. Charles Swaby
Richard Griffiths Henry Allardyce
Tony Haygarth Leonard Sutcliff
John Normington Frank Lockwood
Bill Paterson Morris Wormold
Liz Smith Mother
Alison Steadman Mrs Allardyce
Jim Carter Inspector Noble
Pete Postlethwaite Douglas J. Nuttal
Eileen O'Brien Mrs Sutcliff
Rachel Davies Mrs Forbes
Reece Dinsdale P.C. Penny
Philip Whileman (as Philip Wileman) Preston
Charles McKeown Medcalf
Susan Porrett Mrs Medcalf
Donald Eccles Father
Denys Hawthorne Hotel Manager
Don Estelle Barraclough
Eli Woods Ernest
Amanda Gregan Veronica
Paula Tilbrook Mrs Turnbull
Bernard Wrigley Painter
Lee Daley Painter's Boy
Gilly Coman Dorothy
Maggie Ollerenshaw Woman
Josie Lane Mrs Beavers
David Morgan Mervin
Writing team
Alan Bennett Writer
Production team
Malcolm Mowbray Director
Mark Shivas Producer
George Harrison Executive Producer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Barrie Vince Editor
Stuart Walker Production Designer
John Du Prez Composer
Alan Bennett Creator
Malcolm Mowbray Creator