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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1965 Wide



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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

Mar 16, 2004

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (2) | DVD (10)

Top gun of slapstick early-aviation comedies.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

A comedy classic, very much of its time, full of slap-stick and silly humour. The cast is brilliant too, an eclectic mix of European favourites but mainly British comedic masters. I love the story, I love the actors and the humour, Ken Annakin is a great British director, often overlooked but more than often his films are universally enjoyed without anyone knowing much about him. For me though, the only fault I have with this film is that the sequel is much better, so if you liked this, please watch Monte Carlo or Bust (AKA Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies). Fans of The Great Race and It's a Mad mad mad mad World will know what I'm on about! (It also continues the fantastic partnership of Eric Sykes and Terry Thomas, both playing their characters sons).
May 31, 2011

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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 Fröbe doing his one man marching band sounds. When do we see a revival of these over the top adventure movies?
March 22, 2008

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.
July 22, 2007
xGary Xx

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Terry-Thomas' so hilarious in this extraordinary comic version of the historic 1910 London to Paris air race.
November 26, 2006
Dean McKenna

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  • Die tollkühnen Männer in ihren fliegenden Kisten (DE)
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