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Otley (1969)

M/PG | | Comedy | 8 June 1969 (UK)
Gerald Otley, a petty thief and garbage rummager, wakes up one morning, after a drunken night on the town, and finds that he is wanted by the police for murder. And that is only the ... See full summary »



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Gerald Otley, a petty thief and garbage rummager, wakes up one morning, after a drunken night on the town, and finds that he is wanted by the police for murder. And that is only the beginning. While being pursued for a crime he did not commit, he is kidnapped by a group of criminals who suspect him of being involved with double agents. Otley manages to escape, but cannot avoid getting into one near-fatal crisis after another, as police and foreign agents chase after him. It is a wild week of misadventures which Otley will never forget! Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

8 June 1969 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Banditák hálójában  »

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1.85 : 1
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One of three consecutive espionage movies that cinematographer Austin Dempster shot back-to-back-to-back around 1968-1969. The other two 60s spy movies he lensed were A Dandy in Aspic (1968) and The Looking Glass War (1970). See more »


Lin: [sarcastically, after overhearing pretentious chit-chat at a smart party] I suppose we ought to start discussing Antonioni.
Gerald Arthur Otley: Oh, no - I hate all that Spanish dancing.
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Broad and uneven comedy
13 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Otley contains several inspired scenes with Tom Coutenay at his most outrageous. But, the bad scenes outweigh these moments of inspiration. This is especially true whenever Freddie Jones appears on camera to take over proceedings. His first appearance inspires guffaws. But his relentless clowning grows quickly tedious.

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