Till Death Us Do Part (1968) Movie Review

Till Death Us Do Part (1968)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Warren Mitchell and Dandy Nichols in Till Death Us Do Part (1968)

The Life and Times of Alf Garnett

Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell - We Joined the Navy) knows it all or at least he thinks he knows it all and he isn't afraid of telling others not only his opinion but also their opinion is wrong, be it when it comes tothe war or his foreign neighbours. You have to ask how his dear Else (Dandy Nichols - Where There's a Will) puts up with him but put up with him she does as they end up starting a family, a daughter much to Alf's annoyance.

Look I am going to stop there because this movie version of "Till Death Us Do Part" can be summed up by saying it is the life and times of Alf Garnett taking us from before the war through to his daughter growing up. And the reason I am going to also stop there is that "Till Death Us Do Part" is from another era and when experienced for the first time now clearly doesn't work as well as I am sure it did back in 1968 for those who watched the opinionated exploits of Alf Garnett in the TV series of the same name.

Una Stubbs in Till Death Us Do Part (1968)

The thing is that I can genuinely see how "Till Death Us Do Part" did entertain audiences back in 1968 as not only does it do a nice job of recreating the earlier eras, the issues facing families and so on but it also has Alf Garnett as the uncensored voice of the nation, saying what some, maybe many, were thinking. Of course some of what is said in "Till Death Us Do Part" certainly would offend some who came across it now oblivious to Alf Garnett and his outspoken opinions as well as the then everyday use of racist slurs. But if you can look beyond the offensive language what you have is an interesting drama of a man dealing with change and struggling with it.

What this all boils down to is that "Till Death Us Do Part" not only entertained audiences back in 1968 but I wouldn't be surprised if some of the same audience would still find it entertaining as it takes us through the years and the life of Alf Garnett and his family. But for me it is a movie of its time and doesn't work well for those who stumble across it now.

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