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

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Director:
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Don Tait (screen story)
Don Tait (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 July 1979 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A sixth century space adventure! See more »
Plot:
An astronaut and his android double travel back to the time of King Arthur. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Dugan ... Tom Trimble

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)
Derek Suthern ... NASA VIP (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 .... hairdresser
Betty Sherriff .... hairdresser
 
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
 
Stunts
Vic Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Sturgess .... camera operator
Malcolm Vinson .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Jack Gardner .... assembly editor
 
Location Management
Barrie Melrose .... location manager
 
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
 
Other crew
Georgiana Hamilton .... continuity (as Georgina Hamilton)
Don Tait .... assistant to the 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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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording) (uncredited)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | France:Tous publics | Portugal:M/6 | Spain:T | UK:U (video rating: Unidentified Flying Oddball) (2004) | UK:U (video rating: The Spaceman and King Arthur) (1987) | UK:U (original release: The Spaceman and King Arthur) (1979) | USA:G

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Trivia:
The movie is commonly known in English language speaking territories by three titles: "The Spaceman and King Arthur", "Unidentified Flying Oddball" and "A Spaceman in King Arthur's Court".See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Tom Trimble:[Realising Hermes has hidden a Playboy style magazine on Stardust] Hermes! Well, 30 years is 30 years!See more »
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Undemanding fun, 5 April 2016
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

UNIDENTIFIED FLYING ODDBALL is a '70s version of the classic Mark Twain story, A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT. The story has been updated to the space age, with a lone young astronaut and his android double breaking through a time barrier in space and finding themselves back in King Arthur's day, where they must battle evil and romance willing maidens and the like.

It's all very juvenile, of course, but then you expect little else from a Disney production. However, like a lot of Disney movies, UNIDENTIFIED FLYING ODDBALL is a colourful romp through medieval times and one that's filled with incident, so there's plenty to enjoy here, as long as you like your entertainment basic and your jokes rather obvious. I thought the main American star, Dennis Dugan, was poor indeed, but the supporting cast of British character actors makes up for him: Jim Dale, cast against type as the villain; Ron Moody as the delightfully sneaky Merlin; a near unrecognisably aged Kenneth Moore as Arthur; and the reliable Rodney Bewes and John Le Mesurier in comic support.

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