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The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)

 -  Comedy  -  12 October 1972 (UK)
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Young Australian, Barry McKenzie, travels to England with his Aunt Edna after his father dies and a request is revealed in his will.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Crocker ...
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Landlord
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Dominic
Paul Bertram ...
Curly
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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
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Young Australian, Barry McKenzie, travels to England with his Aunt Edna after his father dies and a request is revealed in his will.

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The shameless saga of a young Aussie in Pommyland! See more »

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12 October 1972 (UK)  »

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Barry McKenzie kalandjai  »

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Gough Whitlam awards Edna Everage the title of Dame. From this point forward she is billed as Dame Edna Everage. 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 »

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Barry McKenzie: Now listen mate, I need to splash the boots. You know, strain the potatoes. Water the horses. You know, go where the big knobs hang out. Shake hands with the wife's best friend? Drain the dragon? Siphon the python? Ring the rattlesnake? You know, unbutton the mutton? Like, point Percy at the porcelain?
Blanche: I think he wants to go to the loo.
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Features Late Night Lineup (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Pacific Sea
Lyrics by Barry Humphries
Sung by Barry McKenzie (Barry Crocker) at the Leprosy Benefit show
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The Cinematic 'pit' of Aussie Culture...
8 July 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm trying to - and failing spectacularly - to think of a British - or U.S. - equivalent of the titular Barry MacKenzie and his so-called 'adventures'. After being 'required' to leave his native Down Under, young Barry Crocker (MacKenzie), with his Aunt Dame Edna Everage, jet to a fog-bound and freezing Britain (via Hong Kong, where he stocks up on high import duty luxury goods).

Nicely ripping off our UK stereotypes, we see their black cab motor past Stonehenge and then up the M3, to London. Not sure, geographically where the airport was, but as Bruce Beresford's popular filmed version of the comic-strip character that ran in Private Eye never seems to follow logic or reason, this doesn't matter an iota.

From the above over-charging cabbie, who cites windscreen-wiper depreciation and conversation as chargeable extras, the 'hotel' is no better. More sketch-lead than story, it's sporadic, in turns the best, grubbiest Aussie slang and humour but also tedious, lame and stupid.

It's still quite a tonic though, in these days of political correctness, reminding us of our faults as a nation, even if they're obvious targets and during probably our least salubrious decade. Dame Edna, oddly, looks much less feminine than 'she' does now, her voice still not having found its niche and wavers between warbling, mannish falsetto and a sore- throat sufferer. Barry Humphries (Dame Edna, of course) does better as the creepy psychiatrist who interviews Barry, after he suffers a bump on the head and ends up in hospital, but soon discharges him due to being just too much troublesome!

Peter Cook is a wasted opportunity, only appearing as an unfunny TV exec ten minutes before the end and a young Joan Bakewell as the resulting late night's arts programme interviewer/presenter, who gets the blunt end of MacKenzie's subtleties....

Meanwhile, the constantly running joke about 'tubes' (tinnies) of Fosters is a refreshing one, too.

It ranges between 7/10 to two, so five overall is a fair compromise, though on a good day, it could reach 6.

My DVD was part of the 12 disc boxed set, Australian Cinema Collection, to which I gently refer to with my review title.


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