A British take on the existentialist movie, a new twist on the kitchensink drama. a very 60s road movie or a semi-autobiograpical tale of alienation? Make your own mind up about Charlie Bubbles.
It's certainly a memorable film, if only for the ending - but more about that later. Albert Finney is Charlie Bubbles, the northerner made good. In fact, very good. He's a millionaire author, living a lavish life in London - think servants, Rolls Royce, fine dining and public adoration. But he doesn't quite fit in. He's made his money writing about his northern upbringing and is still seen as the stereotypical northerner by 'the establishment', even if he does now travel in circles usually reserved for the great and the good. Yes, Charlie's loaded, but his life lacks a certain something.
After a drinking bout with fellow northern author Smokey Pickles (Colin Blakely), Bubbles realises he has forgotten a very important engagement - a trip back to Manchester to see his estranged wife Lottie (Billie Whitelaw), not to mention a trip to Old Trafford with his son Jack (Timothy Garland) for a Manchester United game. After a quick change and some food, he jumps into the Rolls with his personal secretary Eliza (Liza Minnelli in her first movie role), setting off on an overnight rive up north.