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The Spaceman and King Arthur
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Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979) More at IMDbPro »The Spaceman and King Arthur (original title)

Unidentified Flying Oddball -- An astronaut and his robot accidentally fly backwards in time.


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Release Date:
26 July 1979 (USA) See more »
A sixth century space adventure! See more »
An astronaut and his android double travel back to the time of King Arthur. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Dugan ... Tom Trimble / Hermes

Jim Dale ... Sir Mordred

Ron Moody ... Merlin

Kenneth More ... King Arthur

John Le Mesurier ... Sir Gawain (as John le Mesurier)

Rodney Bewes ... Clarence

Sheila White ... Alisande

Robert Beatty ... Senator Milburn
Cyril Shaps ... Dr. Zimmerman
Kevin Brennan ... Winston
Ewen Solon ... Watkins
Pat Roach ... Oaf
Reg Lye ... Prisoner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Boa ... Air Force Officer (uncredited)
Al Lampert ... NASA Technician (uncredited)

Directed by
Russ Mayberry 
Writing credits
Don Tait (screen story)

Don Tait (screenplay)

Mark Twain (novel "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court")

Produced by
Hugh Attwooll .... associate producer
Ron Miller .... producer
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
Cinematography by
Paul Beeson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Boita 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Art Direction by
Albert Witherick 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Ernest Gasser .... makeup artist (as Ernie Gasser)
Joyce James .... hair stylist
Betty Sherriff .... hair stylist
Production Management
Robin Douet .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Winter .... assistant director
Terry Madden .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
Peter Best .... sound editor
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
Keith Batten .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ron Ballanger .... special effects (uncredited)
Michael Collins .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Cliff Culley .... special photographic effects
Vic Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Sturgess .... camera operator
Malcolm Vinson .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Jack Gardner .... assembly editor
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
Other crew
Georgiana Hamilton .... continuity (as Georgina Hamilton)
Barrie Melrose .... location manager
Don Tait .... assistant: producer
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Spaceman and King Arthur" - USA (original title)
"A Spaceman in King Arthur's Court" - USA (reissue title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Ron Moody would later reprise his role as Merlin in A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Tom is flying during the battle scene near the end wires that are holding the jet are clearly visible in several shots.See more »
Merlin:No, don't eat it! You'll get feathers everywhere!See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Trailer song, 30 November 2007
Author: mvsleen from Netherlands

I remember the trailer song too, Miniskunk!

"Unidentified Flying Oddball, it's undeniably oddball. He's the wrong way astronaut, Who brought his rocket back to to Camelot. There's an oddball in King Arthur's court!"

Been searching for that song for ages. Makes me feel out of date myself.


I used to live in the States when this movie came out. Some of the actors are great. Dennis Dugan has an uncanny resemblance to Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge) and could even make me laugh when the jokes in this flick were pretty bad.

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