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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Originally made as an episode of the Ronnie Barker series Six Dates with Barker (1971) with Ronnie Barker as Arthur Harris and David Jason as the Odd Job Man.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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Monty Pythonite Graham Chapman's first solo film
21 September 2000 | by (California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is Graham Chapman's first solo film outside of his work with Monty Python. He stars, produces, and co-wrote the script with his only other frequent collaborator aside from John Cleese, Bernard McKenna (who co-wrote several of TV's "Doctor in the House" and "Yellowbeard" with Graham). It, unfortunately, became a rather doomed project and the end result is pleasant if not hilarious. The Odd Job man was originally to be played by Who drummer Keith Moon, who had to drop out due to commitments to the Who and because his drinking was quite out-of-control at that point. The original director was injured before shotting began and had to be replaced at the last moment. But, Chapman pushed forward. Moon was replaced by comic David Jason, who had appeared previously with Eric Idle, Terry Jones, & Michael Palin on the pre-Python TV show "Do Not Adjust Your Set." The film certainly not bad, but it's one-joke premise is stretched a little thin: Arthur Harris (Chapman) is jilted by his wife and, being too timid for suicide, hires an Odd Job man to kill him.

The wife, of course, returns and patches things up while Harris finds himself unable to reach the Odd job man out to kill him. Chapman's performance is suitably loony and energetic and the cast across the board is pretty good. But, somehow, it all seems lackluster. The film was never even given a theatrical release in the U.S. Too bad, because the film has it's moments and Graham, as all Python fans know, was a very funny, bizarre, intense performer and writer.


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