"Why do all the best things in life belong to the past?"
It seems a strange thing to be obsessed about, it wasn't a franchise, and didn't come with much buzz, but when Peter Chelsom's Funny Bones was released in 1995 I instantly latched on to it. It didn't even receive a general release in the cinemas around my area. It was released during that period when you had to check the local newspaper adverts to discover the cinema times. Disappointingly it didn't appear, not until a few weeks later when it had just one showing, on a Thursday night. I'd been talking about the film for ages to my brother, who was now at university, and once I found that it was screening I practically begged him to take me to see it. So, being the great brother that he is, he specifically came home just to take me to see this film.
The film starred Lee Evans in his first feature film role, Oliver Platt and legendary American comedian Jerry Lewis in the main roles. It also had a superlative supporting cast, including Leslie Caron, Richard Griffiths, Oliver Reed, Freddie Davies, Ian McNeice and more. It baffles me why Funny Bones failed to find an audience and not become the British classic it deserved to be.
Read more about Freddie at:- http://funnybonesthebook.blogspot.co.uk
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