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The Odd Job (1978)

Arthur Harris is a happily married man who returns from his job to discover that his wife, Fiona, is leaving him. Devastated he gets really drunk and tries to commit suicide. After a few ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Medak

Writers:

Graham Chapman (screenplay), Bernard McKenna (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Chapman ... Arthur Harris
David Jason ... The Odd Job Man
Diana Quick ... Fiona Harris
Simon Williams ... Tony Sloane
Edward Hardwicke ... Inspector Black
Bill Paterson ... Sergeant Mull
Michael Elphick ... Raymonde
Stewart Harwood Stewart Harwood ... Bernard
Carolyn Seymour ... Angie
Joe Melia ... Head Waiter
George Innes ... Caretaker
James Bree ... Mr. Kemp
Zulema Dene ... Mrs. Kemp
Richard O'Brien ... Batch
Carl Andrews Carl Andrews ... Taxi Driver
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Arthur Harris is a happily married man who returns from his job to discover that his wife, Fiona, is leaving him. Devastated he gets really drunk and tries to commit suicide. After a few setbacks and while he is trying to electrocute himself with a lamp, the door bell rings. An odd man in a leather coat asks if there are any odd jobs that he can perform. Arthur hires the man to kill him. The next day his wife returns, but the man he hired is still trying to kill him... Written by Mika Perl <mikap@ctrl-c.liu.se>

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It is murder having the Odd Job man around!

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Små raske mord See more »

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Production Co:

Charisma Films,Taulorda See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First cinema film of Bill Paterson. See more »

Quotes

Raymonde: So, er, what's your problem, Mr. Harris?
Arthur Harris: Well, there's this man after me.
Batch: Ooh, lucky old you!
Raymonde: Cool it, Batch!
Raymonde: Go on.
Arthur Harris: Well, Tony thought it would be a good idea if I had some protection and recommended you.
Raymonde: Yeah, well it depends who's after you. If it's C.I.D. or Special Branch; dead easy. But if it's secret intelligence service or customs and excise, it's not to bad; 'ere, it's not American Express, is it? No? 'Cos' if it is - no way!
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Remade as The End (1978) See more »

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the best solo Python venture
23 February 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Very, very funny. Graham Chapman and David Jason are an inspired team, considering the problems hauling this movie into production. Chapman plays Arthur Harris, who gets depressed when his wife (Diana Quick) leaves him for slimy Simon Williams, and engages the bizarre odd job man to dispatch him into the next world. Then his wife returns, and Arthur changes his mind ... cue a sequence of situations featuring Arthur's attempts to evade being killed by Jason, being pursued by cynical policemen Edward Hardwicke and Bill Paterson, gangster Michael Elphick (brilliant), and flirty neighbour Carolyn Seymour. The scene in the restaurant is class, with Chapman in a feeble disguise to allay suspicion, and also the trip to the zoo is hilarious. Then, just as the odd job man finally gets the message (having killed several people by mistake), there is the oddest ending...

As a solo venture, this outstrips all the others various Pythons took on. Chapman was always the funniest and most inspired of the team anyway, and this is a natural extension of that. Excellent.


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