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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)

User Reviews:
A Comedy for the Ages; Farce, Beauty Aloft, Humorous Types Below See more (43 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:
The French racer Pierre Dubois meets many women that he fancies, but cannot tell apart; to him they all look like Irina Demick. This is prosopagnosia, a mental imbalance marked by an inability to distinguish faces.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Shortly before landing to get gasoline in France, Dubois banks left over a farm to follow the canal, two 1960s cars are parked at the farm.See more »
Quotes:
Colonel:[Having helped Richard Mays return to the race] I think I'll get one of those Muriel
Colonel's Wife:I shouldn't Willie, you're near enough to your wings as it is.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
LA CALUNNIA UN VENTICELLOSee more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Comedy for the Ages; Farce, Beauty Aloft, Humorous Types Below, 28 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

"Those Magnificent Men" probably looked on story boards like merely a colorful, often humorous and very enactable satire of an era, of its nations and of the early days of manned flight. Its plot line involved an international air race, from England to Paris, for whose prizes competitors in home-made aircraft from all over the world would journey to compete. The racers included Stuart Whitman aided by his brother Sam Wanamaker (Wilbur and Orville) from the U.S., James Fox of England, Albert Sordi from Italy, Gert Frobe and his team from Germany, Jean-Pierre Cassell and his ebullient hard-drinking group from France, plus a Scotsman and his dog, the villainous Sir Percy and his henchman, Terry-Thomas and Eric Sykes, a Japanese entrant and many others. Others in the large cast of the ensuing film also included Robert Morely as the wealthy patrician organizer of the race, a rather weak Sarah Miles as his daughter, beautiful Irina Demick who keeps turning up in every locale (in a new persona) and many more. But what the film's makers forgot was that the bravery and beauty of these canvas-winged and wooden primitive aircraft taking off and actually achieving flight would upstage even the often-hilarious comedy of the well-written proceedings. Using Red Skelton as "every man who has ever dreamed of flight", the producers prepared for the race, staged the race, and awarded the prizes--the climax being the arrival of the racers and what happened near the finish line, plus a justly happy ending. The film was written by Ken Annakin with Jack Davies, and Annakin directed it very competently also. Ron Goodwin's music and title song are well-remembered treats too. Others in the large, attractive cast include narrator James Robertson Justice, Gordon Jackson, Zena Marshall, Karl Michael Vogler, Yujiro Ishihara, Benny Hill, Flora Robson and Jeremy Lloyd. The film's pace is beautifully varied and consistently-maintained; the action includes acts of sabotage by the villains, practice flights gone wrong, low-comedy, a duel between the dour Frobe and devil-may-care Cassell conducted in hot air balloons, national humor at the expense of all concerned and incidents before and during the race. This is a very well-acted film; but the fine technical achievements and subordinate arts here had to take a back seat to the flight of the many wonderful "early birds", who outshone even the amusing national types who flew them. A much-imitated and superior comedy classic of its sort.

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