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The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt (1989)

Wilt (original title)
An unlucky lecturer's wife goes missing and he's accused of her murder.

Director:

Michael Tuchner

Writers:

Tom Sharpe (novel), Andrew Marshall (screenplay adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Griff Rhys Jones ... Henry Wilt
Mel Smith ... Inspector Flint
Alison Steadman ... Eva Wilt
Diana Quick ... Sally
Jeremy Clyde ... Hugh
Roger Allam ... Dave
David Ryall ... Rev. Froude
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Dr. Pittman
Dermot Crowley ... Braintree
John Normington ... Treadaway
Tony Mathews Tony Mathews ... Gladden
Charles Lawson ... Cranham
Gabrielle Blunt Gabrielle Blunt ... Mrs. Bulstrode
Edward Clayton Edward Clayton ... Mossop
Jeffrey Chiswick Jeffrey Chiswick ... Macari (as Geoffrey Chiswick)
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Storyline

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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An inflatable love story! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Trivia

Wilt was the first in a loose series of satirical novels featuring the character Henry Wilt written by Tom Sharpe; the others in the series were The Wilt Alternative, Wilt On High, Wilt in Nowhere and the Wilt Inheritance. See more »

Goofs

In the restaurant scene towards the beginning of the movie, when The Wilts are having dinner, the waitress comes in and asks if anyone has a 'Y' registration Cavalier and Henry gets up, however, later shots of the same car show it to be an 'X' registration car. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Flint: [Wilt has just told him what happened to Eva's note] Do you mean to say that the one piece of evidence that could corroborate your story is wrapped round a turd half way to the North Sea?
Henry Wilt: Yes.
Inspector Flint: How tragically inconvenient!
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Alternate Versions

A near identical version exists for TV broadcast that replaces all the strong profanity (such as the F word) with milder swear words such as 'bloody'. Closer examination shows that these scenes do not appear dubbed indicating that during filming some scenes were specially filmed again using the milder language. This version was broadcast on ITV in the UK in the 1990s and as this film was co-financed by an ITV network (LWT) this would appear to indicate that these changes were planned well in advance with television screenings in mind. See more »

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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8/10 I really expected to hate this
20 November 2012 | by PadreviewsSee all my reviews

But I didn't. Watching it again 23 years after release ( omg where did that time go ! ) -

I loved the book and the film is good at matching the general rule of not being as good as the book. But this time I've watched it with the book as a distant memory and I have to say I enjoyed the film .

OK things look a bit dated and the 80s fashion looks laughable but that just adds to the humour . My only disappointment and wish is that they made the remaining WILT books into films too .

The casting of Smith & Jones into the lead male roles is genius and Alison Steadman plays the overbearing wife to a 't' . Watch it with LOW expectations and you'll enjoy it :) -Pad.A


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$113,014
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Dolby

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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