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Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974)

Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974)

Barry McKenzie Holds His Own




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Comedian, actor, and author Barry Humphries wrote and co-stars in this sequel to the surprise international hit The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, based on the comic-strip character created by Humphries. Well-meaning but dunderheaded über-Aussie Barry McKenzie (Barry Crocker) is escorting his aunt, self-proclaimed "housewife superstar" Edna Everage (Barry Humphries), on a trip to France, where they've learned Barry's twin brother, Ken McKenzie, a progressive priest, will be speaking as part of a seminar on "Christ and the Orgasm." En route, a pair of Transylvanian agents, working under the command of the evil Communist vampire Count Plasma (Donald Pleasance), become convinced that Edna is actually Queen Elizabeth II, and not long after arriving in Paris, they kidnap Edna and spirit her away to the count's castle. When Barry learns that his aunt has fallen victim to foul play, he and his mates, including transplanted Australian Colin the Frog (Dick Bentley), set out to find her -- when they're not busy chasing "Shelias," swilling Foster's Lager, or projectile vomiting. In addition to playing Edna Everage, Humphries takes on two other roles in Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, and managed to persuade former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and his wife to make a cameo appearance in the film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Bruce Beresford, Barry Humphries


Barry Crocker
as Barry McKenzie/Ken M...
Barry Humphries
as Dr. Meyer de Lamp, E...
Donald Pleasence
as Eric Count Plasma
Dick Bentley
as Col. Lucas
Ed Devereaux
as Sir Alec Ferguson
Tommy Trinder
as Arthur McKenzie
Roy Kinnear
as Bishop of Paris
John Le Mesurier
as English Emigrant
Beatrice Aston
as Cherylene McKenzie
Katya Wyeth
as Germaine
Marcelle Jordine
as Rhonda Cutforth-Jone...
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Most of the jokes are either bad or filthy. Sometimes they are both at the same time, and in such an outrageous way that the experience becomes therapeutic.

Full Review… | June 24, 2015
The Spectator

This is a comedy that employs the crudest of humour. It is a racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Catholic travesty that just does not sit well in these politically correct times, and nor should it.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
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