Malcolm (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  5 November 1986 (USA)
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Malcolm is a chronically shy mechanical genius who has just been fired for building his own tram. He gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm Hughes
Lindy Davies ...
John Hargreaves ...
Frank Baker
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Tramways supervisor
Beverley Phillips ...
Mrs. T
Judith Stratford ...
Heather Mitchell ...
Tony Mahood ...
Tram Conductor
David Letch ...
Restaurant Hoon #2
Mike Bishop ...
Armed Guard
David Johnston ...
TV Announcer
Katerina Tassopoulos ...
Jenny's Mother
Ian McFadyen ...
Model Shop Salesman
Ian Shrives ...
Split Car Cop #1


Malcolm is a chronically shy mechanical genius who has just been fired for building his own tram. He gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills. Malcolm, with Frank's help, turns to a life of crime. Written by Dougal Scott <>

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A remote-control comedy See more »


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Release Date:

5 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El laberinto de Malcolm  »

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$544,472 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The model tram that Malcolm "built" ran on a motorbike engine, the rest having being put together with spare parts by workers at Preston Workshops in Melbourne, Australia. After the film was completed, the tram was donated to the Tramway Museum Society of Victoria. See more »


[first lines]
Tramways supervisor: You'd better get them separated.
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Crazy Credits

The character of 'Malcolm' was inspired by JOHN TASSOPOULOS. All other characters and events depicted in this motion picture are entirely fictional... See more »


Referenced in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) See more »


The Ecstasy Of Dancing Fleas
Music by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
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This film IS a must :)
16 October 2001 | by (Cardiff,Wales,the UK) – See all my reviews

I love this film,if not for the sheer inventiveness.The locations are great as are the characters,i.e the key role of Malcolm,played with sheer professionalism by Colin Freils.The funniest moments I think,revolve around Malcolm`s gadgets.Malcolm himself is possibly autistic,as I can`t remember if it`s said in the film,but as we know,autistic people make up for their lack of social skills admirably and in Malcolm`s case,his gift is in all things mechanical.The scene that make me burst out laughing the most was the actual robbery where normal everyday bins are used for a purpose their designers could`nt have thought of in a million years!! Also the music used by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra is a work of art,as it appears to be tailor made as the scene ends up looking like a ballet,when the music pauses so does the action.My hat is doffed to the creators of such a heartwarming film,and seeing as Australian humour is very much on a par with British humour,I had no trouble "getting it". Overall,a fantastic film that should be shown every Christmas,as further generation will enjoy it aswell for years to come.I know I will

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