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The Odd Job (1978)

 |  Comedy  |  September 1978 (UK)
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Arthur Harris is a happily married man who returns from his job to discover that his wife, Fiona, is leaving him. Devastated he gets really drunk and tries to commit suicide. After a few ... See full summary »

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Arthur Harris is a happily married man who returns from his job to discover that his wife, Fiona, is leaving him. Devastated he gets really drunk and tries to commit suicide. After a few setbacks and while he is trying to electrocute himself with a lamp, the door bell rings. An odd man in a leather coat asks if there are any odd jobs that he can perform. Arthur hires the man to kill him. The next day his wife returns, but the man he hired is still trying to kill him... Written by Mika Perl <mikap@ctrl-c.liu.se>

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Originally made as an episode of the Ronnie Barker series Six Dates with Barker (1971) with Ronnie Barker as Arthur Harris and David Jason as the Odd Job Man. For this feature-length remake, Graham Chapman wanted Keith Moon of the Who to play the Odd Job Man, but Keith's recording commitments wouldn't allow him to appear. See more »

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Fiona Harris: I'm leaving you.
Arthur Harris: When are you coming back?
Fiona Harris: I'm not. I'm going for good.
Arthur Harris: What? What for?
Fiona Harris: We're just not getting on.
Arthur Harris: Not getting on? We happen to be very happily married.
Fiona Harris: We're not.
Arthur Harris: I am.
Fiona Harris: I'm not!
Arthur Harris: Oh, I see, it's not a question of we're not happily married, it's you! Why not?
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Like Chapman then check it out. Don't like/know Chapman, move on.
7 December 1999 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This movie stars Monty Python's Graham Chapman and apparently hasn't been seen by many people considering there are less than 10 votes on it. I bought the video for $5 at a flea market since I'm a Python fan, figured I'd check it out. It's ok. Nothing special..kind of a one-joke premise...hire a guy to kill you, decide you don't want him to...then the guy won't quit until the job is done. Pretty funny ending though. What a lot of people don't know is that the American version of this was Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise who remade it as "The End." I watched it once then resold it on ebay for twice what I paid - hurrah! It's out of print so its tough to find, unless you hit a flea market or an old 1980's video store that has this, Adventures of Pac-Man, and the original copies of all 9 Friday the 13ths..good luck!...7 out of 10 (average rating).


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