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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes -- Sabotage efforts damage an international air race.

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Director:
Writers:
Jack Davies (written by) &
Ken Annakin (written by)
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Release Date:
16 June 1965 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Sabotage efforts damage an international air race. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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(2 articles)
10 greatest flying movies
 (From Den of Geek. 21 June 2011, 4:04 AM, PDT)

Actor Jean-Pierre Cassel Dies
 (From WENN. 23 April 2007)

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Set against an old-time air-race, this is a charming spoof of national characteristics. See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stuart Whitman ... Orvil Newton

Sarah Miles ... Patricia Rawnsley

James Fox ... Richard Mays

Alberto Sordi ... Count Emilio Ponticelli

Robert Morley ... Lord Rawnsley

Gert Fröbe ... Colonel Manfred Von Holstein (as Gert Frobe)

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Pierre Dubois

Irina Demick ... Brigitte / Ingrid / Marlene / Françoise / Yvette / Betty

Eric Sykes ... Courtney

Red Skelton ... The Neanderthal Man

Terry-Thomas ... Sir Percy Ware-Armitage

Benny Hill ... Fire Chief Perkins

Yûjirô Ishihara ... Yamamoto (as Yujiro Ishihara)
Flora Robson ... Mother Superior
Karl Michael Vogler ... Captain Rumpelstoss

Sam Wanamaker ... George Gruber
Eric Barker ... French Postman
Maurice Denham ... Trawler Skipper
Fred Emney ... Colonel

Gordon Jackson ... MacDougal
Davy Kaye ... Jean

John Le Mesurier ... French Painter
Jeremy Lloyd ... Lieutenant Parsons

Zena Marshall ... Countess Sophia Ponticelli

Millicent Martin ... Airline Hostess

Eric Pohlmann ... Italian Mayor (as Eric Pohlman)
Marjorie Rhodes ... Maid

Norman Rossington ... Assistant Fire Chief
William Rushton ... Tremayne Gascoyne
Graham Stark ... Fireman
Jimmy Thompson ... Photographer
Michael Trubshawe ... Niven
Tony Hancock ... Harry Popperwell

James Robertson Justice ... Narration Spoken by (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewis Alexander ... Journalist (uncredited)
Gerald Campion ... Fireman (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Woman in Dover Scene (uncredited)
Robin Chapman ... Postman (uncredited)
Cicely Courtneidge ... Muriel, Colonel's Wife (uncredited)

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Member of the French Team (uncredited)
Maurice Dunster ... French Policeman (uncredited)
Gary Graham ... Child at Air Show (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Journalist (uncredited)

Max Howard ... Boy in crowd (uncredited)
Judy Huxtable ... Girl on Beach (uncredited)
Nigel Kingsley ... Youngest Child of Ponticelli (uncredited)
Ferdy Mayne ... French Official (uncredited)
Bill Nagy ... American Journalist (uncredited)
Steve Plytas ... Continental Journalist (uncredited)
Nicholas Smith ... Fireman (uncredited)
Ronnie Stevens ... R.A.C. Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Annakin 
 
Writing credits
Jack Davies (written by) &
Ken Annakin (written by)

Produced by
Ken Annakin .... producer (as A Ken Annakin Production)
Jack Davies .... associate producer
Stan Margulies .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
Gordon Stone 
 
Casting by
Stuart Lyons 
 
Production Design by
Thomas N. Morahan  (as Tom Morahan)
 
Costume Design by
Osbert Lancaster (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Biddy Chrystal .... hairdresser
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist (as William Partleton)
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Colin M. Brewer .... unit manager (as Colin Brewer)
Patrick Clayton .... unit manager (as Pat Clayton)
Denis Holt .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clive Reed .... assistant director
Don Sharp .... second unit director
Jake Wright .... second unit assistant director
 
Art Department
Jim Morahan .... associate art director
Arthur Taksen .... set dresser
John Bodimeade .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... dubbing editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound (as Gordon McCallum)
John W. Mitchell .... sound
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard Parker .... special effects
Ron Ballinger .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Heather .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Malcolm King .... special effects (uncredited)
Nick Middleton .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Roy Field .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Douglas Bianchi .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Gilbert Chomat .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jean Hughes .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Derek Piggott .... stunt pilot: Stuart Whitman (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Reid .... stunt player (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Silk .... stunt driver (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
David Watson .... stunt pilot: Karl-Michael Vogler (uncredited)
Allen Wheeler .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Skeets Kelly .... second unit cameraman
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
Mike Fox .... focus puller: aerial unit (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Ralph Ayres .... animation
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dinah Greet .... associate costume designer
 
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
 
Other crew
Joy Mercer .... continuity
Ronald Searle .... titles designed by
Allen Wheeler .... technical adviser (as Air Commodore Allen H. Wheeler)
Douglas Bianchi .... airplane designer (uncredited)
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
138 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Norway:7 | Portugal:M/6 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G | USA:PG (VHS rating) (1990s) (self-applied)

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Trivia:
The beginning and ending sequences marked the final feature film appearences for Red Skelton.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When talking about the Japanese pilot behind his back, one of the other pilots makes a reference to chop suey. Chop suey is a Chinese dish, not Japanese.See more »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
LA CALUNNIA UN VENTICELLOSee more »

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Set against an old-time air-race, this is a charming spoof of national characteristics., 1 March 1999
Author: WeeWilly-2 from Toronto, Canada

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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