Faced with a “labor action” from his three scruffy employees, plucky poultry farmer Ian Holm decides to drive his geese on foot to the London market. Richard Eyre's film starts off with the kind of battered-Britain satire familiar from his previous two features (The Ploughman's Lunch and Loose Connections)—the herd of marching geese is filmed with the horizon-line long shots of a John Ford cattle drive, while a pseudo-Dimitri Tiomkin score thunders on the sound track—but takes an abrupt turn into the “go for it” genre: after he's spent 40 minutes establishing the absurdity of the enterprise, Eyre suddenly expects us to begin cheering for Holm as if he were Rocky facing down the Russian champ. The transition doesn't take, though there are a few incidental drolleries as this broken-backed film hobbles home. With Penelope Wilton, Stephanie Tague, and Bill Owen.
By Dave Kehr