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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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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 / Passanger on Airport

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
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound assistant (uncredited)
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
Brian Couzens .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: The location of Sir Percy on the roof of the train changes. It crashes between the fourth and fifth carriages. Sir Percy then makes his way to the second carriage, but in the side view of the train as it enters the tunnel, he is seen on the first carriage jumping onto the second carriage. When the train exits the tunnel he is now on the third carriage.See more »
Quotes:
[Reading from flight instruction manual]
Colonel Manfred von Holstein:Step one: sit down.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
LA CALUNNIA UN VENTICELLOSee more »

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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
It Was The Machines That Were Magnificent, 28 August 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This was a fairly long but interesting story of an early 20th century airplane race taking place between London and Paris. The actual race only takes place for the last 45 minutes, and that's fun to watch. The terrain also is nice to view.

Before that, you get profiles of the competitors of the race. You really get the typical stereotypes of movies: the French men woo all the women; the Germans are make to look too militaristic and stupid; the English are portrayed as very stiff upper-lipped and the Italians are all too emotional, etc.

Stuart Whitman and James Fox both battle for Sarah Miles' affections and Terry Thomas has some funny lines as a villain.

I loved the airplanes in this film - really cool "flying machines," as they are labeled here. They came in all sizes and shapes. In the very beginning of the movie, they show actual footage of early flight failures and they are familiar but still fascinating. Interspiced in the actual footage are closeups of Red Skelton playing the part of some of those unsuccessful fliers. Since he had no lines, Skelton reminded me of some of the great silent film comedians.

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