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Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)

The Spaceman and King Arthur (original title)
An astronaut and his android double travel back to the time of King Arthur.

Director:

Russ Mayberry

Writers:

Don Tait (screen story), Don Tait (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis Dugan ... Tom Trimble
Jim Dale ... Sir Mordred
Ron Moody ... Merlin
Kenneth More ... King Arthur
John Le Mesurier ... Sir Gawain (as John le Mesurier)
Rodney Bewes ... Clarence
Sheila White ... Alisande
Robert Beatty ... Senator Milburn
Cyril Shaps ... Dr. Zimmerman
Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan ... Winston
Ewen Solon ... Watkins
Pat Roach ... Oaf
Reg Lye ... Prisoner
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Storyline

A NASA spacecraft proves Einstein right when, traveling faster than light, it ends up near King Arthur's Camelot. On board are big-hearted Tom Trimble and Hermes, the look-alike robot he built. Tom immediately makes friends with pretty Alisande and enemies with the awful knight Sir Mordred. It seems Mordred is out to oust Arthur, while Alisande's father is not the goose she believes him to be but is also a victim of Mordred's schemes. It's as well the Americans have arrived. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Chaos in the Cosmos! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

One of the few films released under the Disney banner where pornography (i.e. Playboy) is mentioned. See more »

Goofs

Before Mordred comes to get his sword, Tom finds a way to magnetize it. Afterward, Mordred has a difficult time getting the sword out its sheath, and it tends to "stick" to his armor. However, he later walks down a corridor with it pointed in the air, close enough to a chandelier, and there is no effect. Not only that, he walks past a table that has metal goblets, with his sword close enough to them, and no effect. However, when Tom fights Mordred, they are close enough again to the table of goblets, and this time, the goblets are attracted to the sword. See more »

Quotes

Merlin: No, don't eat it! You'll get feathers everywhere!
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Connections

Version of A Connecticut Yankee (1931) See more »

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Surprise! It is crap after all.
13 July 2000 | by Jason-173See all my reviews

This is one of those films that starts with a bad title and only gets worse.

If I recall, I saw this at my friend Kirk's tenth birthday party and it was the first time I used the word 'dreck' in a sentence.

'Unidentified Flying Oddball' has all the appearance of having been written and filmed over a long weekend. Edited in someone's basement one night over a keg of beer.

One thing sticks in my memory like an oak splinter: the way Spaceman Tom never called King Arthur 'your majesty' or 'sire,' but instead just plain ol' good ol' 'King.' As in 'hey, King, get yer hands offa my girl, see.' If you like that sort of talk, and your brain development arrested in grade three, then the team behind 'Unidentified Flying Oddball' wants you.

The science was excellent, however. I know now that if I ever need to defend myself from a deathly laser beam, I need only wear the shiniest armour I can find ('Say, King, gimme yer armor! Now don't get all persnickety on me, see? I'll give it back all nice and proper-like, and polished up with good ol' American spit shine').

Disney produced this matted ass-hair sandwich in the days before they became the media Godzilla they are now. Their stock was leaning into the toilet in those days and, hey, so will you after seeing this film.

Incoherent plot, humourless gags, crummy special effects, poor sets. It's not a good kid's film. Not a good film, even though based on a Mark Twain story. But I may change my tune. Perhaps someday I'll see this movie the way I presume it was meant to be seen. On crack.


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Spaceman in King Arthur's Court See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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