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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Mother Superior
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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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or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes


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16 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines  »

Box Office


$5,600,000 (estimated)


SEK 7,566,000 (Sweden)

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(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Trubshawe's character is addressed by Robert Morley as "Niven". Michael Trubshawe and David Niven were very close friends from when they served in the military garrison at Malta together and David Niven would call uncredited characters in his films "Trubshawe". So this was Trubshawe's way of returning the compliment. See more »


The next person to take off after Orvil at the start of the race is Lieutenant Parsons (RN) and his dog. When he is shown to be moving down the runway to take off, Orvil's plane is still sitting on the runway behind the Lt.'s plane when it should have already been airborne. See more »


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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Music by Gioachino Rossini
Lyrics by Cesare Sterbini (uncredited)
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Slapstick on an airy level
26 August 2002 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Few films there are ineed that I would be willing to pay a lot to have on DVD, but this certainly is!

In my book it rates with Tati's best, and he's tops!

The idea of making a film about aircraft was not new, I guess, but to do it such manner is still unique! Who would make a film

about an air-race between London and Paris, and do it as a comedy, with almost perfect dialogue, details and acting, but the British?

A number of vintage aircraft (circa 1909) were repaired/constructed

and flown for the flight sequencies, from the minuscle Demoiselle (the replica too small to have a male pilot!) via big, boxkite-like Cody's, inspired by Farmans to the Antoinette, which was 100% original!

As in any slapstick film there are villains (Terry Thomas, and Eric Sykes), pompous Germans, elegant Italians, flirting Frenchmen and the honest guy, of course!

Liking both British humour and aircraft, plus the good acting, the clever and exciting cinematography, and the excellent directing from Mr Annikin I can't but smile!

9/10, easily!

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