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Spanish Fly [DVD]

Leslie Phillips , Terry-Thomas , Bob Kellett    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Leslie Phillips, Terry-Thomas, Graham Armitage, Nadiuska, Frank Thornton
  • Directors: Bob Kellett
  • Writers: Ernst Bach, Franz Arnold, José Luis Martínez Mollá, Kent Walwin, Peter James
  • Producers: Gerald Flint-Shipman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OR5H
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,132 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The opening credits of Spanish Fly promise "Leslie Phillips vs. Terry-Thomas", making this the British comic innuendo version of King Kong vs. Godzilla or Frankenstein vs. the Wolf Man, with the two masters of fnarr-fnarr lecherous English lounge lizardry pitted against each other. It's a sunstruck, terminally silly slice of fluff of the stripe that passed for a sex film in 1976 ("Go and butter yourself", someone says) but seems almost comically innocent these days. The sort of film that boasts special credits for women's fashions by Cornelia James and underwear by Janet Reger, it tells the story of a gap-toothed con man (Thomas) exiled to sunny Spain. He adds ground-up cantharides to undrinkable plonk to create a market for aphrodisiac wine, and impotent underwear tycoon (Phillips) benefits from the effects of the product as he gets to grips with four lovely models, until his wife (Sue Lloyd) shows up and a side-effect means he starts barking like a dog.

The stars are game, but the material--from a story by producer Peter James, now a horror novelist--is skimpier than the starlets' bikinis and none of the pretty girls has any comic timing (though they all get topless scenes). Students of British pop culture will note the bizarre juxtaposition of hiring an uncredited Francis Matthews, the upright voice of Captain Scarlet, to dub the roles of a gay Spanish photographer and (for one bad gag) a disgusted dog.

On the DVD: The picture is fullscreen. There are no extras.--Kim Newman

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DVD Special Features:

Language: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: None

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Classic Classic 16 Dec 2013
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This is a must for any Terry Thomas fan, I watched it years ago and loved it, I have seen this so many times and never get bored, this re-issue comes in a slim plastic case. Buy this if you like a good comedy.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 1970's tittilation 30 April 2013
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Okay it's not the best film of all time but if you like posh public school cads such as Terry Thomas and Leslie Phillips, some 1975 girls in skimpy bikinis and bad hair styles plus some poor Spanish acting then this is a film of an idyllic life!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it.. 19 July 2008
I agree with the other two reviewers that this film is not great. It's true that the actors are, unfortunately, past their prime for the roles they are playing but I didn't find this film as bad as others would have you believe. It's not up their with the Gods but it's not as bad as syphilis either. If you have a liking for British comedy and understand it as a product of it's time there is definitely some fun to be had. 3 stars. Well worth buying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 10 Aug 2014
Enjoyed the memories.
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14 of 24 people found the following review helpful
If you are drawn to this film by the cast , you could regret it.
This came at the tail end of a cycle of British comedies which ran from the fifties into the seventies but by this time was looking very tired rather like its stars Leslie Phillips and Terry Thomas. The makers tried to dress up the old formula by making it slightly raunchier than before , but unfortunately the film comes over as cheap and not very funny.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Rotten Scoundrel 3 Aug 2014
Made at the time when the only British films being made were smutty sex comedies.This ain't bad considering,2 good comic leads even if past their sell by dates.Add 4 girls whom are ready to go topless and never be heard of again and you had a winning formula,not that this ever made it to my local flea pit.You should stay awake through this unlike Networks other release of The House In Nightmare Park.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one for the kids really 13 Sep 2013
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This film was recommended to us by a friend as we like Terry Thomas however, compared to his other films, this was a bit bawdy for our taste and not particularly funny.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 70s British Sex Comedy 28 Aug 2014
Terry Thomas gets most of the laughs as the film "bounder" such as a scene when he fires set off distress flares from his "yacht" which results in the local Spanish lifeboat being launched because he's run out of tonic water for his gin and tonics and asks them if they can get a few bottles for him - "Schweppes preferably".
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