Wednesday 31st May

The Mayfair Hotel, London

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Plot

A country manor mystery that's actually a deliciously wicked comedy of manners, The Hippopotamus is a rollicking adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephen Fry. It centers on a lapsed poet, failed drama critic, redundant husband and hard-working drunk, Ted Wallace (the mellifluously voiced Roger Allam in a rare starring role). Fired from his newspaper job, Ted leaps at the chance to drown his sorrows at his old friend's country estate, Swafford Hall. A series of spiritual healings have recently put the household in a tizzy. The purported miracle worker is his hosts' teenage son, Ted's godson, David (Tommy Knight). Lord and Lady Logan are set on sharing their boy's "gift" with the world, blissfully unaware that his "laying on of hands" trick involves, well, an emphasis on "laying." At odds with a colorful party of fellow guests only too ready to swallow anything they're told, Ted sets out to prove the miracles are a hoax and save the young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.

Directors

John Jencks

Gender

Comedy

Rating

8.5/ 10 stars from 2 users.

Release

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Trivia

  1. This movie contains three Game of Thrones (2011) cast members, including Roger Allam, Tim McInnerny and Sebastian Croft.

the hippopotamus cast

Roger Allam Roger Allam

Character

Ted Wallace

Matthew Modine Matthew Modine

Character

Michael Logan

Tim McInnerny Tim McInnerny

Character

Oliver Mills

Emily Berrington Emily Berrington

Character

Jane Swann

Andrew Alexander Andrew Alexander

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Matthew Lake

Fiona Shaw Fiona Shaw

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Anne Logan

Geraldine Somerville Geraldine Somerville

Character

Rebecca Logan

Tommy Knight

Character

David Logan

Poster

  • THE HIPPOPOTAMUS
  • THE HIPPOPOTAMUS