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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1965
  • Ken Annakin
  • 132 mins
  • U

Summary

A publisher offers to sponsor the first London-to-Paris air race in a bid to boost the sales of his newspaper. Among the motley assortment of characters who sign up for the challenge is a scheming nobleman bent on sabotaging the efforts of the other entrants. Period comedy, starring Terry-Thomas, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Robert Morley, Benny Hill, Tony Hancock, Eric Sykes and Gert Frobe.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A host of international comedians don period garb, climb aboard wondrously ramshackle aircraft and dominate the screen over top-billed stars Stuart Whitman and Sarah Miles in this very entertaining comedy. Co-writer and director Ken Annakin keeps the action rattling along at a rate of knots and never slows the pace for the romance, allocating equal screen time to the different nationalities competing in the race. There's glorious photography from Christopher Challis, while and Eric Sykes, Terry-Thomas, Tony Hancock and Benny Hill feature among the British comedy greats.

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Credits

Cast

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Patricia RawnsleySarah Miles
Richard MaysJames Fox
Orvil NewtonStuart Whitman
Count Emilio PonticelliAlberto Sordi
Lord RawnsleyRobert Morley
Colonel Manfred Von HolsteinGert Fröbe
Pierre DuboisJean-Pierre Cassel
CourtneyEric Sykes
Sir Percival Ware-ArmitageTerry-Thomas
Harry PopperwellTony Hancock
Fire Chief PerkinsBenny Hill
Mother SuperiorFlora Robson
George GruberSam Wanamaker
McDougalGordon Jackson
YamamotoYujiro Ishihara
Brigitte / Ingrid / Marlene / Françoise / Yvette / BettyIrina Demick
Lieutenant ParsonsJeremy Lloyd
Countess Sophia PonticelliZena Marshall
Airline hostessMillicent Martin
Tremayne GascoyneWilliam Rushton
NarratorJames Robertson-Justice

Crew

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DirectorKen Annakin

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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