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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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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Did You Know?


Most of the aerial scenes were filmed before 10 am each day when the air was least turbulent. See more »


The configuration of several aircraft changes from shot to shot. This includes the Bristol Boxkite which, in some scenes has two rudders and in others has three. The Antoinette is changed the most. In close ups it has thin "wing warping" wings. In others it has thick modern glider wings with ailerons with redundant support wires added. These changes occurred when it became clear that the accurate replicas of 1910 flying machines, originally built were not airworthy enough. Details are provided in Allen Wheeler's book "Building Aeroplanes for Those Magnificent Men." See more »


Sir Percy Ware-Armitage: And I've arranged for the Frenchman to be detained by a lovely young lady.
Courtney: Ho, ho, guvnor, I'll bet she's a bit of all right.
Sir Percy Ware-Armitage: You should know, Courtney, she's your daughter.
Courtney: But guvnor, she's an innocent young girl!
Sir Percy Ware-Armitage: Not IS, Courtney, WAS!
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
Lyrics by Cesare Sterbini (uncredited)
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fun flick for young kids and parents
12 December 2004 | by (Californie) – See all my reviews

Fox played this movie today and I watched it. Preceding the movie was a collection of scary, gory clips that I couldn't show my kids. So when I channel-flipped back to it I was doubly shocked at how enjoyable this film was. This is one of many films that America is incapable of producing due to it's optimism, emphasis on living and view of the future. It is just a fun movie so perhaps I shouldn't make it sound so serious. There are plenty of disasters but all seem done in fun and humor. The race is started by a bunch of people who [by and large] want to win at any cost. In the end... the moral of the story seems to be that those who live with honor win in the end. It's a sort of reminder about points like this. It is refreshing to see a film like this once in awhile. It is long... but make sure and watch at least half of it. Especially if you have kids. Oh- it is also somewhat funny. I would say that it's a comedy but contains neither slapstick nor 'sophisticated' humor. Little things such as seeing the dog flying shotgun in the back seat of an old plane with the sign saying something like 'I am the first dog ever to fly in an airplane' or so are typical of the silly going ons.

If you've seen + liked films such as 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' or 'It's a Mad Mad Mad World' then know this film is different but you may like it.

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