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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)

Sabotage efforts damage an international air race.

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Brigitte / Ingrid / Marlene / Françoise / Yvette / Betty
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The Neanderthal Man / Passenger on Airport
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Yamamoto (as Yujiro Ishihara)
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Mother Superior
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Captain Rumpelstrosse
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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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16 June 1965 (USA)  »

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$5,600,000 (estimated)
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(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stuart Whitman's character Orvil Newton is probably named after inventor Orville Wright who helped build the first airplane and scientist Sir Isaac Newton who made discoveries regarding gravity. See more »

Goofs

When Orvil and Patricia stop for a bite to eat in the cafe she asks about the type of aeroplane he flies. He says that it's a Curtiss with an Anzani engine. In fact, his aeroplane is a Bristol Boxkite which itself was a British derivative of the French Farman biplane of 1909. See more »

Quotes

Count Emilio Ponticelli: It is a pity that the race will now be won by a Protestant.
Mother Superior: A Protestant? Sisters, don't stand there gazing. This good Catholic needs our help!
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Closing credits: Those Magnificent Men - and Women - were ... See more »

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Soundtracks

Can Can
(aka "Infernal Galop" from "Orpheus in the Underworld") (uncredited)
Written by Jacques Offenbach
Heard at the party the evening before the race
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Set against an old-time air-race, this is a charming spoof of national characteristics.
1 March 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Centred around a London-to-Paris air race early in the 1900's, this is a wonderful English comedy spoofing national characteristics! You know the sort of thing, the expansive American hero, the fair-playing Englishman, the great French lover, the emotional Italian count, the enigmatic Japanese, the humourless pomp-loving German, and so on.

The casting is interesting, for this light-hearted movie's principal roles are filled by actors who are far more familiar playing the heavy: Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and Gert Frobe. And make no mistake, they are superb at it!

Offending no-one of any age, this movie plays out against the back-drop of the air race, with a fantastic array of primitive aircraft. It is fun and full of life, tripping along easily and smoothly from one delightful absurdity to another. The English have made this movie, and while they have considerable fun at the expense of the Frenchman and the German, they cannot resist poking the bulk of the fun at themselves. They do so by augmenting the cast with the shifty Englishman (Terry-Thomas), the confidence man (Tony Hancock), and the foreigner-distrusting representative of the upper crust (Robert Morley).

This movie is a must see for anyone with any pretense to a sense of humour!


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