Percy (1971)





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Low-brow British humor abounds in this farcical account of Edwin Anthony, the first man to receive a successful penis transplant. Anthony becomes quite attached to his new appendage and even gives it the title name. The alleged humor comes in when Anthony and Percy set out to investigate the life of the latter's former owner. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Classics , Comedy
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Graham Crowden
as Alfred Spaulton
Pauline Delaney
as Sister Flanagan
Angus MacKay
as TV Producer
Eddie Malin
as Elderly Patient
T.P. McKenna
as Meet the People Compere
Margaretta Scott
as Rita's Mother
Hywel Bennett
as Edwin Anthony
Denholm Elliott
as Emmanuel Whitbread
Elke Sommer
as Helga
Britt Ekland
as Dorothy Chiltern-Barlow
Cyd Hayman
as Moira Warrington
Janet Key
as Hazel
Tracey Crisp
as Miss Elder
Antonia Ellis
as Rita La Rousse
Tracy Reed
as Mrs. Penney
Patrick Mower
as James Vaile
Adrienne Posta
as Maggie Hyde
Julia Foster
as Marilyn
Sheila Steafel
as Mrs. Gold
Rita Webb
as Mrs. Hedges
Sue Lloyd
as Bernice
Denise Coffey
as 1st Operator
Charles Hodgson
as TV Interviewer
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Considering its silly premise (a man receives the first penis transplant), "Percy" is nowhere near as broad and farcical as one might expect. Edwin (Hywel Bennett, the memorable sociopath of "Twisted Nerve") is walking down the street when a womanizing scoundrel falls on him from an upper window. The unlikely accident kills the man and leaves poor Edwin with a glass-shredded penis. But the daring Dr. Whitbread (Denholm Elliott) has been waiting for a chance to test his innovative graft techniques. Edwin gets the dead man's member. From there, the story heads in a peculiar direction. Rather than dwelling on frothy sex and sniggering jokes (sure, there's a bit of this), the action actually turns rather somber and melancholy. Initially kept in the dark about his new organ's origin, brooding Edwin goes on a quest to find the donor. Ruling out candidates leads to weak gags about race and homosexuality, but he eventually finds the man's cynical widow (Cyd Hayman) and charms his way into her extra room. But somehow the woman rarely slept with her late mate and can't identify his penis on sight. So Edwin presses onward, seeking out the husband's multiple lovers to confirm his adopted part. Naturally, he's also interested in giving it a test drive. But the tabloid media is hot on his trail, and it's just a matter of time before his privacy is grievously violated. Having a disgruntled wife with a thirst for fame doesn't help. "Percy" features a host of stunning women (Hayman, Britt Ekland, Elke Sommer and Antonia Ellis in particular), and music fans will appreciate the classic Kinks score (standout tunes: "God's Children," "Animals in the Zoo") and the screenplay's source (a novel by the father of cult rocker Robyn Hitchcock). Another interesting tidbit: Monty Python's Michael Palin reportedly contributed to the screenplay without credit, which may explain why an early scene inserts arbitrary mentions of a character named Eric Idle.

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