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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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Storyline

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Charisma Films,Taulorda See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Originally made as an episode of the Ronnie Barker series Six Dates with Barker (1971) with Ronnie Barker as Arthur Harris and David Jason as the Odd Job Man. For this feature-length remake, Graham Chapman wanted Keith Moon of the Who to play the Odd Job Man, but Keith's recording commitments wouldn't allow him to appear. 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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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Not Worth the Time Commitment
7 March 2011 | by artpfSee all my reviews

Had good hopes for this 70s flick with Python's Chapman, but it's really not that good.

This was originally a short script and the filler shows. It rambles through unfunny situations and soon, to paraphrase Python, you feel like it goes on and on and on until you start foaming at the mouth and fall over backwards.

To be fair, there were lots of these B Brit films made in the 70s. This one tries to promote itself on Python's back, only there is nothing Pythonesque about it.

There's nothing funny about it either. Should be of interest only to die hard Python fans who want to see a second rate curio made during the height of Python's tenure.


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