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Rentadick -- A group of incompetent private detectives try to find a stolen nerve gas that paralyzes from the waist down in this satirical comedy written by Monty Python members John Cleese and Graham Chapman.


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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
James Booth ... Simon Hamilton

Richard Briers ... Miles Gannet
Julie Ege ... Utta Armitage

Ronald Fraser ... Major Upton

Donald Sinden ... Jeffrey Armitage

Tsai Chin ... Madam Greenfly
Kenneth Cope ... West
John Wells ... Owltruss

Spike Milligan ... Customs officer
Winnie Holman ... Maid
Patsy Crowther ... Old Lady

Patricia Quinn ... Chauffeuse
Michael Rothwell ... Removal Man
Michael Sharvell-Martin ... Removal Man

Richard Beckinsale ... Hobbs
Derek Griffiths ... Henson
Leon Sinden ... Police Inspector
Barry Andrews ... Policeman
Jonathan Dennis ... Policeman
Alf Joint ... Policeman
Trevor Ray ... Rivet
David Toguri ... Japanese
Kristopher Kum ... Japanese
Max Raman ... Japanese
Cheryl Hall ... Maxine
Michael Bentine ... Husein
Robert Gillespie ... Arab Porter
Will Stampe ... Gatekeeper
Ellis Dale ... Laboratory Manager
David Battley ... Desk Sergeant
Charles Lewsen ... Scientist
Veronica Clifford ... Petrol Pump Attendant
Penelope Keith ... Reporter
Michael Segal ... Picnicker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Payne ... Driver - Fire Engine Chasing Plane (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Clark 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Graham Chapman  uncredited
John Cleese  uncredited
John Fortune  additional dialogue
John Wells  additional dialogue

Produced by
Terry Glinwood .... producer
Ned Sherrin .... producer
Original Music by
Carl Davis 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon 
Film Editing by
Martin Charles 
Casting by
Thelma Graves 
Production Design by
Seamus Flannery 
Art Direction by
Bruce Grimes 
Makeup Department
Jeanette Freeman .... hair stylist
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ron Fry .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Gowans .... assistant director
Nicolas Hippisley-Coxe .... second assistant director
Richard Loncraine .... second unit director
Art Department
Terry Wells .... stand-by property master
Mickey O'Toole .... stand by props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
Ian Fuller .... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Chris Webb .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Boast .... camera operator
Nobby Cross .... gaffer
Joe Pearce .... still photographer
Ronnie Rampton .... best boy
Bob Stilwell .... focus puller (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl Davis .... conductor
Carl Davis .... music arranger
Other crew
Zelda Barron .... continuity
Maureen Gregson .... unit publicist
Sally Pardo .... production secretary (uncredited)

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USA:94 min
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Richard Beckinsale receives an "introducing" credit.See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Poor – some good touches, but with all this talent, what went wrong?, 4 May 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Armitage runs a chemical company that is on the verge of producing a gas that causes temporary disability. Clearly the military want it but it is also sought by a group of Japanese. Both Armitage and Madam Greenfly hire different people in the same detective agency to guard the gas and steal it respectively……confusion, double crosses and hilarity ensue….

I had high hopes for this…get this…it was written by Python's Chapman and Cleese, with contributions from satirists Wells and Fortune (who still works with Rory Bremner). It has a lot of famous TV faces (Sinden, Griffiths, Keith, Briers) and has involvement from Goons Milligan and Michael Bentine. With this type of quality involved I assumed that the product would be good.

But this never rises above the standard set by all 1970's British comedy which rely on bawdy farce rather than humour to get by. It has plenty of little surreal touches that make it rise slightly above the pack, but really this isn't carried across into the dialogue or plot. It even builds to a keystone cop style chase – typical of the period. None of the cast really get into it – the cameos are OK, but you can't help feel the waste.

Overall this is pretty poor. It's better than the raft of smutty 1970's comedies that this is related to, but with the talent on board you can't help feel that greater things were possible.

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