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The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt (1990)

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Henry Wilt is a more or less failure of a teacher who fantasizes about murdering his dominant, non-attentive wife Eva. At a party Wilt is stuck to an inflatable doll and makes a complete ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Griff Rhys Jones ...
Henry Wilt
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Inspector Flint
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Eva Wilt
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Sally
Jeremy Clyde ...
Hugh
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Dave
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Rev. Froude
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Dr. Pittman
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Braintree
John Normington ...
Treadaway
Tony Mathews ...
Gladden
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Cranham
Gabrielle Blunt ...
Mrs. Bulstrode
Edward Clayton ...
Mossop
Jeffrey Chiswick ...
Macari (as Geoffrey Chiswick)
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Henry Wilt is a more or less failure of a teacher who fantasizes about murdering his dominant, non-attentive wife Eva. At a party Wilt is stuck to an inflatable doll and makes a complete fool of himself. Eventually, he dumps the doll in a hole at a building site. However, he has been witnessed getting rid of the doll and when his wife disappears on the night after the party, the police with inspector Flint strongly suspect Wilt of being guilty. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Has the shocking truth about Henry Wilt been inflated? See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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12 January 1990 (Ireland)  »

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The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt  »

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$113,014 (USA)
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Trivia

Writer Tom Sharpe worked as a lecturer in history at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology from 1963 to 1972. He used this experience as the basis for his "Wilt" series. See more »

Goofs

When Henry crashes into the phone box both his headlights are clearly intact and there is no serious damage to the panel work. This is also true when he drives off. Shortly after, we see his car has a broken headlight and severe panel damage. See more »

Quotes

[Henry bursts into the church, to find the vicar trying to strangle Eva]
Henry Wilt: Now you listen here, if anyone's going to murder my wife, it's going to be me!
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Soundtracks

Love Hurts
Written by Felice Bryant and Boudleaux Bryant
Performed by Leo Sayer
Produced by Anne Dudley and Ted Hayton for Buffalo Music Ltd.
Published by Acuff-Rose Opryland Music Ltd.
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26 April 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There are usually very good reasons why films like this one do poorly at the box office.

usual reason is the fact that they are not funny, being funny, is a very important prerequisite for a comedy films. The story by Mr Sharp, is funny, very funny, and the characters, as conceived by him, are crafted in the great comedy tradition. So why was the film very unfunny and not successful as a comedy film? Mr Smith and Mr Rhys Jones are tried and proved comedians, who have been very funny in the past, and since. The problem is that like the great Morecambe and Wise before them, they were not comedic actors, they failed to understand that the character in a comedy story has his own reasons for doing what he does, his own motivation and his own personal set of human feelings and desires. the comedic actor, unlike the comedian, does not have to make the character funny, he/she must play them out with love and respect for their foibles, which lead them constantly into scenes of unintentionally comic behaviour.

With Wilt, in the case of Mr Rhys Jones's character, the audience is often left asking itself why, and Mr Smith played the policeman without ever giving credence to how on earth he might have got to such a rank in the first place.


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