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Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974)

Barry McKenzie's Aunt Edna is kidnapped by Count Von Plasma, the vampire head of an isolated Eastern European dictatorship who mistakes her for the Queen of England and thinks that ... See full summary »

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Barry McKenzie's Aunt Edna is kidnapped by Count Von Plasma, the vampire head of an isolated Eastern European dictatorship who mistakes her for the Queen of England and thinks that kidnapping her will draw tourists to his country. Barry and his mates set out to rescue her and bring her back to Australia. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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12 December 1974 (Australia)  »

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Bazza Holds His Own  »

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AUD 240,000 (estimated)
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Australia's then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and his wife, Margaret Whitlam, play themselves in the film. Barry Humphries knew someone who lived in the Lodge (the Prime Minister's official residence), who arranged it. See more »

Quotes

Rhonda Cutforth-Jones: Have you ever balled another chick, Mrs Everage?
Auntie Edna Everage: I may be old fashioned, young woman, but lesbianism has always left a nasty taste in my mouth.
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Filmed at VAST expense in Sydney, Australia, and on location in England, France and Transylvania See more »


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Botany Bay
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Antipodean Epic
8 October 1998 | by (England) – See all my reviews

If you ever get the chance to see this masterpiece of Australian culture, you will see what a great film this is.

The plot consists of Dame Edna being mistaken for the Queen by Count Erich Von Plasma, a transylvanian vampire and head of a Stalinist state which has no tourist industry. He hopes by kidnapping the queen he will be able to attract tourists.

Edna's nephew Barry and his chums (including a permanently intoxicated Clive James) have to travel into darkest Transylvania (on Vamp-Air) to rescue her. Once Plasma discovers she is Dame Edna and that Norm of Melbourne is not a codename for Prince Phillip, he puts her onto his patent vampometer and is rapidly building up his collection of Chateau Everage.

In the course of this film there are numerous sight gags and sub plots most of which are either racist, sexist or both. The French and the Poms are the main targets, although a scene involving a van loan of illegal immigrants and a DHSS office would not be tolerated if it were filmed today.

Throughout the film, which will make you proud to be an Australian, cans of Fosters are opened with monotonous regularity and Advance Australia Fair is played everytime Barry thinks about his beloved homeland.

This film is funny and different to anything else I've seen and as such is very difficult to describe. All I can say is whatever you do, try and see it.


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