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I have heard so much bad talk about this movie. I have seen this movie at
least 10 times now and I love it. Yes the lines are hard to understand but
honestly this adds to the humor. Peter Sellers does an excellent job of
acting as a buffoon. It is his acting and the odd script that make this
movie so funny.
I would recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. Just except a funny somewhat slack-stick humor based movie.
I have been a Sellers fan for most of my life. Growing up in the late 60's and 70's his name was a household word because his comedic power brought laughter to millions. His diversity is simply astounding compared to, say, Jim Carrey or Jeniffer Aniston. Maybe this is a movie for the true Peter Sellers fan. A bit off the beaten path. The plot is secondary. Watching Sellers in character is a pure joy. You will never see a more cowardly pathetic weasel on film anywhere. Sellers performance in Ghost in the Noonday Sun is much more entertaining than Magic Christian or Casino Royale. Lighten up and enjoy the simple buffoonery and hilarious character brilliantly played by the great Peter Sellers. Skelingtons and canyon balls to you.
This is one of Peter Sellers' lesser-known movies. And I wouldn't say it's one of his best. It's not the same quality as classics like "The Pink Panther" or "Dr. Strangelove." This movie is just a silly pirate farce. Not bad, but could have been better.
This film is mainly a curiosity for fans of Peter Sellers. The question has been asked why he would appear in this film. Two reasons: He was at a low point in his career when he could find almost no work and was reduced to making commercials for TWA, and because his old pal and fellow Goon Spike Milligan was co-writer of the screenplay.
Peter Sellers plays Dick Scratcher (ha,ha), a cook for a pirate ship
who takes over as captain after he murders the previous one. Although
he's witnessed a treasure being buried, he begins losing his memory and
the treasure map he obtains becomes blank. Thus, Dick is forced to find
someone who can see and communicate with ghosts (do you place an ad for
that?) and help lead a path to the treasure. It's mind boggling how
anyone could have bankrolled this pointless film. Former Goon Spike
Milligan replaced Medak as director, and given Medak's talents in the
film The Ruling Class, you can probably guess which of the grainy,
poorly lit scenes had Milligan in the director's chair. Peter Boyle
makes a brief appearance in the film's first 10 minutes as the doomed
pirate captain. He's probably quite thankful that Young Frankenstein
was released the same year this was filmed and canned, so that he can
keep this off his resume. Franciosa looks dashing as the handsome
power-behind-Scratcher but he and Seller both look pretty desperate,
with even Sellers' makeup and hair looking quite terrible. They had to
know this movie was bombing even as they were filming it. With lines
like these, I can understand any possible unease:
PIERRE: (about to be hanged) You'll pay for this.
SCRATCHER: No, I won't. I'll do it for free.
And that's one of the GOOD jokes. It's amazing to me that much of Sellers prolific material is still in the vaults, but this was made available on VHS more than 15 years ago! How about someone stepping up to the plate and releasing in the US the well-received British TV program "A Show Called Fred" starring Sellers, Milligan, and directed by the great Richard Lester?
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I remember watching this film many years ago (i think it was early to mid 80's) and i remember LOVING it! I mean, it is Peter Sellers we are talking about! What more can one say about this comedy genius?? In this film Peter Sellers plays the part of a really stupid cook on board a pirate ship, who later assumes control of the command of the ship and sets off to a really funny treasure hunt. And ghost hunt as well... As i remember it, it was this very way of Seller's acting that made an impression on me. I liked the dialogue between the cook and his crew about the food shortage. Overall, I found it very funny and it's sad that it's not very well known and hard to find in video stores. I gave it a solid nine (9).
You might be tempted to rent this film because Peter Sellers appears in
That would be a mistake. This is one of the most pointless films ever
I kept waiting for something funny to happen, but nothing funny appears
this movie. Even the film industry recognized this was a very weak film
didn't even try to promote it. Its a wonder that it was ever put on
I wonder what sort of contract caused Sellers to be in this film. I also wonder why the people responsible for this film were allowed to go on to make other bad films. Surely this film is a waste of the money used to create it, and a waste of anyone's time watching it. Surely there are high school students who would be able to write/produce a film which as a plot.
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