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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)

G  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  16 June 1965 (USA)
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Sabotage efforts damage an international air race.


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In the early days of the 20th century, a British Newspaper offers a prize for the winner of a cross channel air race which brings flyers from all over the world. There are many sub-plots as the flyers jockey for position and the affections of various women. Written by John Vogel <>

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Release Date:

16 June 1965 (USA)  »

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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines  »

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$5,600,000 (estimated)


SEK 7,566,000 (Sweden)

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Two of the replicas (the "1910 Bristol Boxkite" and the "1911 Roe IV Triplane") built for the film still fly across the English countryside as both are preserved in the "Shuttleworth Collection" based at Old Warden, Bedfordshire. See more »


Sir Percy climbs to top of the roof of a building to spy on the fliers by scaling a ladder that is laying on the roof. But when he slides off the roof, the ladder under him is gone. See more »


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Music by Gioachino Rossini
Lyrics by Cesare Sterbini (uncredited)
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lengthy and funny piece
7 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the numerous comedy epics of the 1960s (It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World, and Monte Carlo or Bust being others), this movie is very funny and memorably so. The tale of several flyers from different nationalities (British, America, French, Italian, German, etc.) piloting their planes across the Channel from London to Paris - and the vintage model planes are fabulous - takes the form of a number of different interwoven stories leading up to the race in the last part of the movie.

The cast includes Terry-Thomas as Sir Percy, the cheating upper-class Englishman; James Fox as the irritating fop Richard; Stuart Whitman as Orvil the American nice guy; Jean-Pierre Cassell as the randy Frenchman; and Gert Frobe as the blustering German officer. Cameos a-plenty, from Benny Hill, Tony Hancock, William Rushton, Eric Sykes, Fred Emney, and so on. Irina Demick (in multiple roles), and Sarah Miles play what love interest the film has.

Highly recommended if you fancy a laugh. And a fantastic and memorable theme song as well.

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