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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 »
NewsDesk:
(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)

User Reviews:
"Up, Down, Flying Around, Looping The Loop And Defying The Ground" 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
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:
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)

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
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 .... assistant director: second unit
 
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
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Gilbert Chomat .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (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)
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)

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Trivia:
First full length feature film of Vernon Dobtcheff.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
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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26 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
"Up, Down, Flying Around, Looping The Loop And Defying The Ground", 10 October 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I'm one of the biggest fans of old newsreels and I don't think there are too many of us who haven't seen some of that ancient footage with all those odd contraptions showing man's attempt to fly in the early 20th century. I guess it was only a matter of time before someone got the bright idea to do a comedy from those attempts.

Some of them weren't all that funny, people did in fact get killed, a lot of them in trying to master the air. But by 1910 there were all kinds of airplanes and even some early helicopters and a lot are shown in Those Magnificent Men.

The plot centers about an international race from London to Paris sponsored by one of the English press lords played in true John Bull style by Robert Morley. He's got a spirited suffragette daughter in Sarah Miles and a most proper member of the King's Coldstream Guards in James Fox courting her.

But along comes another flier, an American cowboy, Stuart Whitman who becomes Fox's air and romantic rival. But the film's got more than that. It's got Italian hopeful Alberto Sordi who can impregnate his wife with a dirty look. It's got Frenchman Jean Pierre-Cassel who keeps running into Irina Demick every place he goes. It's even got another English contestant in Terry-Thomas who's busy trying to sabotage everyone else.

However my favorite is the German entry, Gert Frobe. Poor Frobe has to pinch hit for the original German flier who partied too hardy. But as he tries to prove as long as you follow the instruction book, the German Army can accomplish anything. Seeing him try to fly his airplane while reading the instruction book is my favorite memory of Those Magnificent Men.

That and that incredibly catchy title song. I defy anyone to watch this film and not come away humming that tune for weeks. It will embed itself in your subconscious forever.

Those Magnificent Men is good entertainment and a gentle tribute to those early air pioneers.

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