MOVIE REVIEW Foreign Body (1986)

Comment: An example of the trash produced in British cinema at the time.


By Walter Goodman
Published: September 26, 1986
THE ”Foreign Body” of the British movie that opens today at the U. A. Gemini and other theaters is Ram Das, a young Indian with an eye or two for the girls, who bribes his way from Calcutta to London. As played by Victor Banerjee (who gave vivid life to Dr. Aziz in ”A Passage to India”), Ram is full of beans, ready for anything and everything. With the help of lucky accidents, a remarkable vibrating couch and a worldly wise Indian named I. Q. who works as an attendant in a men’s toilet (a bravura performance by Warren Mitchell), the young fellow shortly becomes a much sought after Harley Street practitioner.

Things start off in jolly enough fashion, to Ken Howard’s amusing score, as I. Q. explains to his newly arrived protege how the British system was made to be bilked by smart Indians. Then, about 20 minutes in, comes a scene in which Ram has dinner with a buxom young woman and her dumb mum and dumber dad that is so so overdone with racial slurs and bedroom shenanigans that it arouses forebodings.

They are, alas, realized. Like a stand-up comedian who tries to compensate for the weakness of his material with funny faces, lewd gestures and a loud voice, the director Ronald Neame lets out all the stops. Mr. Banerjee, in particular, seems to have been commanded to get his eyes popping and his eyebrows waggling to register delighted astonishment at the women who keep attempting to seduce him.

Trevor Howard is wasted as the disheveled Dr. Stirrup, provider of the miraculous couch, which turns out to be randy Ram’s main impediment to success at sex. Nevertheless, his couchside manner brings him the patronage of an aristocrat (Geraldine McEwan, making the most of a vaguely conceived character) and the British Prime Minister (Denis Quilley), as well as the love of a beautiful woman. ”I want you to go straight to bed,” Dr. Das instructs her at their first meeting, ”and then I’ll have a look at you.”

The occasional sharp line in Celine La Freniere’s screenplay points up the general dullness of the plot, which originated in a novel by Roderick Mann. It is a collection of passingly amusing incidents without a strong connecting line or a consistent tone. Little happens to keep us wondering what will happen next. The burden falls on Mr. Banerjee, and it proves too much even for so engaging an actor.

”Foreign Body” is rated PG-13 (”Special Parental Guidance Suggested for Those Younger Than 13”), a tribute to a couple of instances of frontal nudity and a good one of the other sort as well. PRACTICING - FOREIGN BODY, directed by Ronald

Neame; screenplay by Celine La Freniere, based on the novel by Roderick Mann; director of photography, Ronnie Taylor; edited by Andrew Nelson; music by Ken Howard; produced by Colin M. Brewer; released by Orion Pictures Corporation. At U. A. Gemini, 64th Street and Second Avenue; Loews 34th Street Showplace, between Second and Third Avenues; Loews 84th Street Six, at Broadway. Running time: 100 minutes. This film is rated PG-13. Ram Das…Victor Banerjee; I. Q….Warren Mitchell; Lady Ammanford…Geraldine McEwan; Prime Minister…Denis Quilley; Susan…Amanda Donohoe; Norah…Eve Ferret; Miss Furze…Anna Massey; Mr. Plumb…Stratford Johns; Dr. Stirrup…Trevor Howard; Jo Masters…Jane Laurie; Mr. Nahan…Rashid Karapiet.



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