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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Stuart Whitman , Sarah Miles , Ken Annakin    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Alberto Sordi, Robert Morley
  • Directors: Ken Annakin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013RCB6

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Set around a fictional 1910 London to Paris air race and the rivalries of the pioneer aviators it attracts from all around the world to risk life, limb and some dodgy back-projection in the Paris sequences, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, or How I Flew From London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes began life as a project on pilots Alcock and Brown for Alexander Korda. Director Annakin had already reconstructed many of the vintage aircraft before the producer's death took the project with him.

As with The Longest Day, the story provided 20th Century Fox with a great opportunity to increase its foreign box-office prospects by populating the film with popular actors from around the world, while its episodic structure and the sheer size of the cast meant that many could film their parts in a matter of days, keeping the budget manageable. As a result, many are so brief that blink-and-you'll-miss-them (Red Skelton, Tony Hancock, Benny Hill).

If it is typical of the international co-productions that were to follow it, it is atypical in that it is also quite funny and highly entertaining. This despite studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck wanting to play down the comic aspects of the film, cutting many early scenes from the script and the rough-cut and building up the rather lukewarm romantic triangle with Stuart Whitman and James Fox fighting over Sarah Miles.

The colour in the casting is definitely on the sidelines. Gert Frobe is memorable as the pompous Prussian learning to fly "from ze book of instructions," as is the briefly seen Tony Hancock as a less than successful inventor whose real-life plaster cast on his broken foot was written into the script to provide one of the film's biggest laughs.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value family entertainment 17 May 2008
By Nick D.
I've waited for years for this film to come out on DVD and now that I've bought it can happily say it was worth the wait in gold! it is an airborne version of the Wacky Races and must have surely inspired this entire genre.

The film is packed with character actors from 50s and 60s including inimitable and much missed greats such as Terry Thomas, Robert Morley, Eric Sykes, Benny Hill and Gert Frobe. They all clearly had fun making it which means there are plenty of laughs.

What is extraordinary is that the film was made long before the clever special effects we take for granted today, so many of the stunts and flying sequences are real and breathtaking. The film is chock full of classic scenes like the hot air balloon duel and the plane landing on the train.

I would be lying if i said it wasn't a bit dated, and its rampant pro-Britishness is a bit toe-curling at times, but on balance, it is a fine piece of entertainment and the kind of movie that is all too rare these days: one that the whole family can sit down in front of and enjoy together.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic - harmless fun with stereotypes 8 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, I am an aviation enthusiast, and so I am a bit biased. But this movie is still fabulous. The race of planes between London and Paris is a setting for a wide group of characters - each a stereotype of the nation he's from. Seeing them is already wacky enough, seeing them attempting to fly planes is just hillarious. You can laugh with all your heart at the Germans, the French, the Italians, the British and the Scottish being exactly as we always imagined them as kids. The only annoying character is the American, the closest thing to a hero in this movie. It's harmless fun for the whole family.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Sunday Afternoon Movie 24 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
As a boy, this was the sort of movie that the whole family would watch, never mind how many times we had seen it before. The jokes are predictable and the characters typecast in a way that would unthinkable in the politaclly correct millenium, but the overall effect is endearing rather than racist, and we would all laugh at the slapstick humour of it all (yes "Benny Hill" makes an appearance) What I love about the movie is the characterisations themselves. Gert Fröbe (The guy who played Goldfinger!) is hysterical as the monocle wearing German Officer decked out in The Kaiser's finest regalia ("Nothing is impossible for a German Officer!") and Terry Thomas plays himself as the classic English Cad. The cinematopgraphy seems a trite slow when watched now, but I think this adds to the charm and the "romantic" element is almost cringeworthy, but it doesnt matter as You know you are watching a period piece, and you wouldnt want it any different
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Flying Entertainment! 10 Mar 2004
Format:VHS Tape
What a marvellous film and certainly one of the wackiest films ever made in film history. A wealthy newspaper proprietor (Robert Morley) decides to sponsor an air-race from London to Paris. The invitation to race attracts competitors from all around the world and the usual villain or two intent on winning by cunning methods and devices.Terry-Thomas is in brilliant form as the villain here.
With an international star-studded cast such as James Fox, Stuart Whitman,Sarah Miles, Gert Frobe, Jean Pierre Cassel and the likes of the late Dame Flora Robson, Tony Hancock and Benny Hill to name but a few this film is unforgettable.It's zany, funny, mad and totally loud. This film has always been one of my favourite films since childhood and every time I see it I'm thoroughly entertained and never disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars funny real english humor
We did like it,a funny and simple movie which everybody can appreciate,a good quality pictures for its age,enjoy it at all times
Published 13 days ago by cecile carlsson
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic film
great film good laughs partner wanted it si i purchased for him he is very happy with it keeps watching it over and over again
Published 28 days ago by dawn smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A classic comedy and no matter how many times you watch it, it
still makes you laugh. A film for all times.
Published 29 days ago by Anna Catania
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneer flying
A very light hearted comic film on early flying that would ensure an amusing viewing. Maybe not completely P.C. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Goodrum
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
I saw the film when it was first issued (a long time ago). I was therefore pleased that it did not disappointed, and with condition and delivery exemplary, I have no complaints
Published 1 month ago by R G Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars They go up tee up up and down tee down down
Quality film of its time and has withstood the passage of time well.

A well crafted and humorous script well acted with classic actors of the day and some wicked special... Read more
Published 1 month ago by cm
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but annoying break in the middle
The film itself is obviously fine but its slow to get going as just as you think the action is going to start there is a really long intermission. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SHERRIE AVIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy purchaser
I got this as part of my hubby's Xmas gift. He was very happy with it, this is one of his old time favourite films, we all watched it over Xmas and it was great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It's a film that we all used to watch when my son was little and he loved it. He's 16 now and we all sat down to watch it the other night.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by cath
4.0 out of 5 stars Hancock woefully under-used in this otherwise great comedy
In the first half of the sixties there were three similar epic comedies made; It's a Mad Mad Mad World, The Great Race, and this charming film, Those Magnificent Men in their... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter J. Chambers
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