MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,076 this week

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)

 -  Comedy  -  12 October 1972 (UK)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 536 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 3 critic

Young Australian, Barry McKenzie, travels to England with his Aunt Edna after his father dies and a request is revealed in his will.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 64 titles
created 30 Oct 2011
 
a list of 202 titles
created 10 Nov 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 03 Mar 2013
 
a list of 143 titles
created 11 months ago
 
list image
a list of 41 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Adventures of Barry McKenzie.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Fresh-faced young Michael Rimmer worms his way into an opinion poll company and is soon running the place. He uses this as a springboard to get into politics, and in the mini-skirted ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Billington
Stars: Peter Cook, Denholm Elliott, Ronald Fraser
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Tommy Lewis
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters
Stone (1974)
Action | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Members of the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club are being knocked off one by one, and someone needs to find out why! Sandy Harbutt's timeless Australian cult film about a bunch of renegades riding Kawasaki 900s.

Director: Sandy Harbutt
Stars: Ken Shorter, Sandy Harbutt, Deryck Barnes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Story of an aboriginal family who tries to move out of the fringe into the main white community.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Kristina Nehm, Justine Saunders, Bob Maza
The Club (1980)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club.

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy, Frank Wilson
Dragon Flies (1975)
Action | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Hong Kong Inspector Fang Sing Leng travels to Australia to extradite a drug dealer. When the hood is assassinated on his way to court, everyone suspects Jack Wilton, a crime lord who the local police haven't been able to pick up.

Directors: Brian Trenchard-Smith, Yu Wang
Stars: Yu Wang, George Lazenby, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil
Horror | Western | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A sheriff investigates why the guests at a local hostelry check in, but never check out.

Director: Terry Bourke
Stars: Judith Anderson, Alex Cord, Michael Craig
Petersen (1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Tony Petersen, a married electrician and ex-footballer, goes to university to study English. Petersen is odd man out at the uni. He receives extracurricular help from his stuffy professor's... See full summary »

Director: Tim Burstall
Stars: Jack Thompson, Jacki Weaver, Wendy Hughes
The Hunter (1959)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A young man sets out with rifle to shoot kangaroos on a farm in Australia. Having shot a mother, he has also to kill the new-born that had not yet left the mother's pouch. After an afternoon's mindless amusement, he leaves.

Directors: Ray Beckett, Bruce Beresford
Caddie (1976)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sydney, Australia in the mid-1920's. Proud and classy Caddie Marsh is forced to get a job as a barmaid and raise two children on her own after her rich cad husband walks out on her. Despite... See full summary »

Director: Donald Crombie
Stars: Helen Morse, Takis Emmanuel, Jack Thompson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Crocker ...
...
...
Landlord
...
Dominic
Paul Bertram ...
Curly
...
Mr. Gort
Avice Landone ...
Mrs. Gort
Mary Ann Severne ...
Lesley
Jenny Tomasin ...
Sarah Gort
Dick Bentley ...
Detective
Julie Covington ...
Blanche
Judith Furse ...
Claude
Christopher Malcolm ...
Sean
Maria O'Brien ...
Caroline Thighs
Margo Lloyd ...
Mrs. McKenzie
Edit

Storyline

Young Australian, Barry McKenzie, travels to England with his Aunt Edna after his father dies and a request is revealed in his will.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Cripes!! The things these pom sheilahs will do in front of a camera !!!! [Australian theatrical daybill movie poster] See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 October 1972 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Przygody Barry'ego McKenzie  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Bazza's passport shown briefly in the film the following information is on his passport: Born Bondi NSW 25th August 1944; Height 6'3; "Fair Complexion"; under distinguishing features it says "Large Chin"; passport was issued on the 23rd October 1971; "Eyes Blue". See more »

Goofs

In Caroline Thigh's flat Barry empties the curried chicken and prawn aphrodisiac down his boxers, staining his t-shirt. When he is thrown out of her flat the t-shirt is clean. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Edna Everage: You're going to break a few hearts tonight. Just let your Auntie whisk off your cradle-cap, and pick out those little custard corners.
See more »

Connections

References Steptoe and Son (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Greensleeves
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by the band at the Young Conservatives function
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A flawed but occasionally brilliant landmark
31 December 2009 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film was a stylistic, cultural and commercial breakthrough, the first hugely profitable Australian film in decades, and the start of the revival of the Australian film industry. The humour was utterly non-PC and outrageously crude for its day. At last the hideous ocker in England was portrayed on film in all his drunken ribald glory.

However time has not been kind to it. Some of the individual jokes are still hysterically funny, such as Spike Milligan's introduction to the hotel, the Indian aphrodisiacs, and Delamphrey's attempts at psychoanalysis. Other jokes have worn thin though having been adopted by the culture at large (e.g. the largely invented Australian slang) or use of similar jokes by other comedians. Much of the humour doesn't go beyond simply using the crude invented slang in conversation. Today it isn't particularly outrageous or funny. The purportedly stereotypical depictions of English snobbery and Australian crudity are too extreme and grotesque even for a comedy, and further detract from the effectiveness of the comedy.

Another major flaw is structural. "The Adventures of Barry Mackenzie" and its main character is based on a series of self-contained comic strips. A movie on the other hand is built around scenes of protracted dialogue, development within a scene, and development of the narrative across scenes. Indeed Humphries himself has stated he didn't believe his comic strips could be adapted for film for this very reason. As a result the film is highly episodic, with some very tendentious, unfunny and laboured links written to string the episodes together. This isn't helped by the fact that Humphries is essentially a solo performer whose stock-in-trade is the self-contained one-liner. He usually has a relatively brief setup (if any) leading to his jokes in stage performances. In consequence the dialogue is often stilted and unnatural, clumsily and unfunnily targetted towards the recitation of slang expressions or the delivery of some other self-contained comic idea. I don't normally criticise comedies for flaws in structure or logic because they are essentially vehicles for jokes, but in this case these flaws are distractingly obvious and jarring, and the jokes aren't funny enough to prevent the viewer noticing.

Still, the funniest of the jokes are classics, and overall it remains enjoyable. The sequel is funnier though, perhaps because it resolves (but only partially) some of the original's flaws.

On a historical note, the opening shot shows the Hegarty's private mini-ferry approaching the Luna Park pontoon wharf, which many Sydneysiders would fondly remember but neither of which now exist.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
censored for british television mgodd
Discuss The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?