Up 15,981 this week

The Cool Mikado (1963)

 |  Musical  |  January 1963 (UK)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 3.4/10 from 45 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 2 critic

Add a Plot



(screenplay), (adaptation), 3 more credits »
0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

Related News

Mike Winters obituary
| The Guardian - TV News
Supposed Tarantino Icon Winner Dies
| Alt Film Guide
Michael Winner: a career in clips
| The Guardian - Film News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 356 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
list image
a list of 532 titles
created 14 Mar 2012
a list of 191 titles
created 21 Apr 2013
a list of 6726 titles
created 03 Dec 2013
list image
a list of 26 titles
created 6 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Cool Mikado" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Cool Mikado (1963)

The Cool Mikado (1963) on IMDb 3.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Cool Mikado.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Scorpio (1973)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Cross is an old hand at the CIA, in charge of assassinating high-ranking foreign personalities who are an obstacle to the policies of the USA. He often teams up with Frenchman Jean Laurier,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield
Play It Cool (1962)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Billy Fury, Michael Anderson Jr., Dennis Price
Lawman (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lawman from Bannock arrives in Sabbath to arrest all the cattlemen whose wild celebration the year before resulted in the accidental death of an old man.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb
Firepower (1979)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A merc is hired by the FBI to track down a powerful recluse criminal. A woman is also trying to track him down for her own personal vendetta.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Sophia Loren, James Coburn, O.J. Simpson
The Games (1970)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czech and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Michael Crawford, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Aznavour
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Advertising golden boy Andrew Quint is fed up with his fabulously successful life. In very dramatic fashion, he quits his job to return to writing for a small literary magazine. He wants to... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Oliver Reed, Orson Welles, Carol White
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In a seaside village, a group of local young men mingle among the seasonal tourists in search of sexual conquests. Near the end of one summer, the leader of the group, Tinker, a strolling ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Oliver Reed, Jane Merrow, Barbara Ferris
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Tame comedy in which Julie converts her stuffy husband Roger and his equally prudish parents to the joys of nudism.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Julie Wilson, Marc Rolland, Wendy Smith
West 11 (1963)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

This Michael Winner directed film looks into life at Notting Hill, London, then a seedy slum. A down on his luck Joe Beckett (Alfred Lynch) is recruited into crime by Richard Dyce (Eric Portman).

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Alfred Lynch, Kathleen Breck, Eric Portman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A motley group of soldiers are set loose on swinging England in an initiative test to collect a selection of esoteric items.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Michael Callan, Lionel Jeffries, Denholm Elliott
Shoot to Kill (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A showbiz reporter gets involved with political intrigue.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Dermot Walsh, Joy Webster, John M. East
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Terence Longdon, Donald Gray, Diane Clare


Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Howerd ...
Stubby Kaye ...
Judge Herbert Mikado / Charlie Hotfleisch
Mike Winters ...
Bernie Winters ...
Tommy Cooper ...
Ronald Fortescue
Jacqueline Jones ...
Hank Mikado
Jill Mai Meredith ...
Lionel Blair ...
Pete Murray ...
Man in Boudoir
Glen Mason ...
Al Mulder
Dermot Walsh ...


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

gilbert and sullivan | spoof | See All (2) »







Release Date:

January 1963 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Adapted from "The Mikado" by William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, at the first opportunity after copyright expired, 50 years after Gilbert's death. See more »


Version of Zenés TV színház: A mikádó (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Incredibly bad in every way.
29 September 2004 | by (Eastern US) – See all my reviews

This has to be the world's lamest attempt at adapting any pre-existing work. The Cool Mikado is not an updating of the original Mikado's story; it has almost no story at all. It appears to be merely an excuse to get a few British comics some screen time to do their shtick, none of which has anything to do with anything that's been happening in the movie. Tommy Cooper comes off worst in this regard, spewing one-liners that are so unrelated to anything at hand that he sounds completely demented.

The movie shoehorns in a half-dozen songs from the original operetta, with lyrics completely unchanged to match the movie's situations. "We are gentlemen of Japan" is sung by a group of British soldiers milling around the cramped studio set. Ko-Ko is suddenly referred to as "the Executioner" so that they can sing "Behold the lord high executioner" for no apparent reason. Stubby Kaye does sing updated (but irrelevant to the movie) lyrics to "A more humane Mikado", which I suspect he may have provided himself since he is the only one involved in the production that seems to have the slightest inkling of how to make a movie. The most imaginative part of the whole movie is the "Titwillow Twist", and that only appears imaginative because of how dismal the rest of the proceedings are.

(The song most likely to be anticipated by any audience, and easiest to adapt to any production, is "I have a little list", but this is reduced to a throwaway one line joke. Incredible.)

Staging for the musical numbers wouldn't pass muster for a school play. It's all the players can do to just not trip over each other. The script wouldn't make a bit of sense to anyone not stoned out of his mind. And with bizarre situations appearing for no reason (such as a squad of bagpipers showing up for the final number) if you're not stoned out of your mind when you watch this movie, you may wish you were. Maybe that's the actual point of the movie--in its own claustrophobic, amateurish way, it's more psychedelic than most movies of the 60s that tried to be psychedelic.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Cool Mikado (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: