The Crimson Permanent Assurance

1983

Terry Gilliam
Director

A group of elderly office workers revolt against modern corporate business practices and become reasonably violent pirates "on the high seas of international finance."

Brilliant short film that was shown in theatres preceding Monty Python's Meaning of Life is actually much better than the main feature, even if it does end a bit...abruptly.

I've always loved this little film, and to realize so many years later that almost all the elderly office workers are played by extras who worked on hundreds and hundreds of British films and TV shows from the Forties through the Eighties, almost always uncredited, adds an extra layer of meaning. This is their swan song, their farewell party, and what a fun one it was.

Watch this, and then watch The Sea Hawk. You won't be disappointed!

Thanks to StoneAgeMan for identifying several actors in this. -Dave W.



1st May 1983
Cinema


16 mins
1.85:1




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Sydney Arnold
Piratical Accountant/Helmsman
Guy Bertrand
Andrew Bicknell
Very Big Corporation Executive
Ross Davidson
Very Big Corporation Executive
Myrtle Devenish
Piratical Tea Lady
Tim Douglas
Eric Francis
Piratical Accountant
Matt Frewer
Very Big Corporation Executive
Billy John
Piratical Accountant
Russell Kilmister
Very Big Corporation Executive
Peter Mantle
Len Marten
Piratical Accountant
Peter Merrill
Cameron Miller
Piratical Accountant
Gareth Milne
Larry Noble
Piratical Accountant
Paddy Ryan
Piratical Accountant
Leslie Sarony
Piratical Accountant
John Scott Martin
Piratical Accountant/First Mate
Eric Stovell
Wally Thomas
Piratical Accountant/Captain
Jack Armstrong
Robert Carrick
Douglas Cooper
Evans, a Piratical Accountant
George Daly
Edwin Fowles
(as Chick Fowles)
Terry Grant
Robin Hewlett
Tommy Ilsley
(as Tommy Ilsey)
Juba Kennerley
Anthony Lang
(as Tony Lang)
John Murphy
Ronald Shilling
Albert Welch
Michael Palin
Window Washer
Graham Chapman
Very Big Corporation Executive
(uncredited)
Terry Gilliam
Window Washer
Eric Idle
Very Big Corporation Executive
(uncredited)
Terry Jones
Very Big Corporation Executive
(uncredited)
Gerald Paris
Passerby (uncredited)