Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)




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Ken Annakin's large-canvas comedy Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines is set in 1910. In order to boost circulation of his newspaper, Lord Rawnsley (Robert Morley) offers 10,000 pounds to the first person who can fly across the English Channel. A huge number of hopefuls enter the contest, including the scheming Sir Percy Ware-Armitage (Terry-Thomas), who, with the help of his henchman Courtney (Eric Sykes), attempts to sabotage the other entries. There is also a love triangle … More

Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jack Davies, Ken Annakin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 2004
20th Century Fox


as Richard Mays

as Patricia Rawnsley

as Orvil Newton

as Pierre Dubois

as Count Emilio Pontice...

as Lord Rawnsley

as Col. Manfred von Hol...

as Courtney

as Sir Percival Ware-Ar...

as Brigitte/Ingrid/Marl...

as Fire Chief Perkins

as Harry Popperwell

as Yamamoto

as Mother Superior

as Capt. Rupelstrasse

as George Gruber

as French Postman

as Elderly Col. Willie

as McDougal

as French Painter

as Lt. Parsons

as Sophia Ponticelli

as Airline Hostess

as Italian Mayor

as Waitress in the Old ...

as Assistant Fire Chief

as Tremayne Gascoyne

as Fireman

as Photographer in the ...

as Neanderthal Man

as Trawler Skipper

as R.A.C. Officer

as Continental Journali...

as French Official

as American Journalist
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Critic Reviews for Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Top gun of slapstick early-aviation comedies.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Funny, zany and full of magnificent vintage airplanes; Red Skelton open and close is great.

May 31, 2005

Goofy "great race" fun.

April 3, 2005

...part slapstick, part spectacle, and part adventure, but most of all it's sweet, lighthearted fun.

Full Review… | February 24, 2004
Movie Metropolis

July 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

One of those childhood classics they always showed on holidays to watch over and over again. Sure, it doesn't work quite as well anymore as it used to, with me growing up and expectations of movies changing so much. But the mere nostalgia was already worth the re-watch.
A 1910 flying competition between pilots from several nations causing plenty of plane action and slapstick chases, making fun of pretty much all nations involved: the British snob, the German military man, the French womanizer, the Italian family man and the American hero, all are equally silly and still pretty likable, just like the movie itself. Unforgettable: Gert Frbe doing his one man marching band sounds. When do we see a revival of these over the top adventure movies?

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This live action version of an airborne wacky races is predictable slapstick but moustache twirling Terry Thomas is always worth watching as the original Dick Dastardly.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Terry-Thomas' so hilarious in this extraordinary comic version of the historic 1910 London to Paris air race.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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