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Captain, My Captain: A Thank You to a Friend in Film

Richard Wilson, Odeon Metrocentre, 2009-2015



Ok, first of all, I am sorry that this sounds like an obituary, but I can assure you that it is not.

Affectionately known as The Captain, Richard has been a friend and mentor to The Snooty Ushers and beyond.

He has moved on to a new cinema, to inspire a new generation of ushers, and as I was not able to fully celebrate with him on his leaving night, I figured the next best thing would be to immortalise him in a Snooty Ushers post.

Richard has been the rock on which we have built, not only a successful and fun place to work, but on which many of the people who have worked with him have built their careers.

Patient, supportive and not shy at pointing out development points, never scared to rock the double denim, changed the meaning of the phrase “I am in a meeting” , had us all loving The Stone Roses and a sense of humour that has kept many of us sane.

So, as the great man goes off to make the broader cinema world a better place, I have chosen 5 film characters that will best remind me of the man.

Thanks for everything my friend, you will be missed and in your own words…sore like an eagle 🙂


1. John Keating, Dead Poets Society (Dir, Peter Weir, 1989)

An easy one to start with, one of the great Robin Williams best roles, Keating arrives an elite boarding school and through diverse and unorthodox teaching methods, changed the lives of those around him.


“O Captain, My Captain” was a phrase often uttered as Richard went about his daily business.



2. Richard Gere

This is a bit of an inside joke, but one that just summed up the man.  With company launching a number of inititives, Richard noticed that one in particular. Guests, Experience, Retail, Engagement… was an acronym for Gere.


This sparked months of communications with the photographs of Richard Gere spouting sage advice and comedy anecdotes.  Thinking outside the box to make an, on the surface at least, bland topic engaging.


3. Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio (1941)


Pinocchio’s friend and conscience.  There have been many times when things have gotten on top of me and before reacting, there has been a Richard Wilson voice in my head “Tidy Box, Tidy Mind”, “Short term pain, long-term gain”, it would cause me to pause and think, What would Richard Do…



4. Harry Palmer from The Ipcress File (Dir, Sydney J Furie, 1965)


The Glasses and the laid back cool.  What I imagine Richard would have been like in the 60s



5. Wilson from Castaway (Dir, Robert Zemeckis, 2000)


Ok, so not technically a person, but the volleyball was called Wilson, and it helped keep Tom Hanks sane in extraordinary circumstances, Richard, you have done that for many of us down the years.

About Snooty Usher Dave

Favourite Film : Ghostbusters (1984) Worst Film: Left Behind (2014) Guilty Pleasure: Pitch Perfect (2012) 40 year old family man from Hamilton, Scotland. I have settled in Gateshead with my wife and 2 beautiful daughters. Worked as a Cinema Manager (or glorified usher) for 14 years, now I run a chicken shop. Love Sport especially Football and Tennis. Love comic books, especially DC and particularly Superman. I own 58 Nicolas Cage films.



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