The great British holiday is not all double decker buses and sunshine. It can be a pretty hideous experience - just look at Withnail And I or Archipelago. Which movies best sum up the nightmare vacation experience for you?

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  • Comment number 103. Posted by Tel-X

    on 7 Sept 2012 10:34

    There's a wonderful montage in 'Melody' (1971) where Mark Lester and Tracy Hyde bunk off school to go to 'the seaside'... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrKuqqSUJoM (...about 5mins in). One of the most overlooked of British classics. Alan Parker's (début) script is a magical, sweet and tender examination of 'first love' whilst giving a two-fingered salute to authoritarian figures, and the prevailing wind of 'free love'. It's also made by one of the greatest film companies established in this country (and never discussed) - GOODTIMES ENTERPRISES - who in their short life, generally overseen by David Puttnam, made some of the key films of the 70s... Performance, That'll Be The Day & Stardust, Slade In Flame, Dougal and the Blue Cat, Mahler, Lisztomania, Bugsy Malone. I think you should make a documentary on them Mark, seeing as many of their movies seem to be rooted in your all-time faves.

    I'd also recommend the early Ch4 TV drama, Willy Russell's 'One Summer' (1983) (which Bruce Robinson is obviously a fan of, though he'd probably deny ever seeing it) but then Russell did also writee the quintessential examination of school trips to the seaside, 'Out Day Out'.

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  • Comment number 102. Posted by BaronLaZombie

    on 23 Aug 2012 06:39

    in bruges brooding dark and pensive Colin Farrell is trying to get you mind of things while Brendan Gleeson is sent with him to kill him. What you think by the way the trailer shows you is a Guy Ritchie geezer film but in the end its really a film about two men on holiday having a miserable time

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  • Comment number 101. Posted by mightyquinn29

    on 23 Aug 2012 03:03

    This may be a long stretch but I'd have to go for Purely Belter, no it's not set entirely in the summer and its not just because of the scene at the beach that I think this is a perfect British holiday film. Fact is in times like these less and less people can go on holiday at all, particularly low income working class families and Purely Belter shows two lads from that situation who continually try to save their money in order to buy Newcastle United season tickets, which for them would be a small break (or holiday if you will) from the daily grind. This is a film filled with the kind of character and never-give-up happiness that only a place and people soaked from so much summer rain could put on film.

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  • Comment number 100. Posted by Charmingman93

    on 19 Aug 2012 22:55

    I haven't seen many british Holiday films as they don't tend to attract my attention. But what I have seen, may contradict myself. I found Eden Lake, as mentioned by others to be a hideous, disgusting and frankly offensive film. Its predictable and stupid beyond belief. How anyone can find it realistic is beyond me, it makes th audience believe the working class are bloody thirsty animals. Which brings me on to Straw Dogs, which is probably more American than British. Its because it isn't presented that this could ever happen, and because it is not predictable, and it plays out wonderfully because it was directed by the brilliant Sam Peckinpah it becomes a classic, whereas Eden Lake ought to be burned for spare celluloid.

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  • Comment number 99. Posted by JohnJumpers

    on 19 Aug 2012 16:33

    Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell basically are on holidays be default in In Bruges....and Colin's character aint a fan of Bruges: "Maybe that's what hell is, an entire eternity spent in f-ing Bruges".

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  • Comment number 98. Posted by Joe Churchman

    on 18 Aug 2012 00:06

    Independance day sticks out to me as being everything you want from a summer blockbuster. I was seven when it came out and admittedly too young to see it, although I remember being thrilled to recieve my set of the film's alien action figures that birthday. When I got it on video it was everything I wanted it to be; Is there anything more spectacular than an alien spaceship blowing up the white house? President Bill Pulman's "we will not go quietly into the night!" speech goes down was one of the most brilliantly funny moments in cinematic history. As far as the worst goes its hard to think of anything more boring than watching Shia Labeof and Megan Fox running away from explosion in the last hour of Transformers 2. P.S Mark, maybe answer blogs you've already made before starting a whole load of new ones!

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  • Comment number 97. Posted by I_am_I

    on 17 Aug 2012 17:25

    I just do not see the point of holidays. The stress of planning for them, saving the money for them, then the added stress of just trying to get to your wretched destination and back again. Just a thoroughly pointless endeavour. And as someone once said, travel broadens the mind until you can't fit it through the door...

    The only film I liked which was all about the holiday experience was THE GREAT OUTDOORS, with the late great John Candy. The scene with the bear at the door still makes me cry with laughter.

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  • Comment number 96. Posted by Whitchfinder

    on 17 Aug 2012 15:21

    The cabin-fever rivalry in The Great Outdoors with Dan Ackroyd and John Candy reminds me of a lot of 'getaways' with my family, as does National Lampoon's Vacation. I can't really think of a British movie that gives me the same kind of nostalgia, apart from American Werewolf as mentioned by others.

    I also quite enjoyed 'The Holiday' with Kate Windswept and Jude Bore, etc. Don't hate me for that.

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  • Comment number 95. Posted by Athrun

    on 17 Aug 2012 13:21

    Not a movie, but Father Ted "Hell" episode - stuck in a caravan in the rain.

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  • Comment number 94. Posted by boyinabubble

    on 17 Aug 2012 12:21

    Some may find this as an odd choice, but bear with me, Midnight In Paris.

    Why?

    Well, for me, Michael Sheen encapsulates the reality of being on holiday with someone completely pretentious and totally up themselves. I have been away, on day trips or on holiday, with a character like this and Sheen just captures it so well.

    On the other side, 1920's Paris is the holiday we all wish we we have had and it is beautiful!

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