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  • Actors: Adam Faith, Sid James, Carole Leslie, Terence Longdon
  • Directors: Gilbert Gunn
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Renown Productions Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C23LQW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,542 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Coming after Operation Bullshine and My Wife's Family, What A Whopper is a comedy from former documentarist Gilbert Gunn. Adam Faith stars in this tale about a struggling writer who fakes photographs of the Loch Ness monster and then heads for the Highlands to convince the locals so that they'll back his book. Just about every comedy stalwart you can think of crops up in support, from Carry On regulars Sid James and Charles Hawtrey to TV favourites Wilfrid Brambell and Terry Scott. Even Spike Milligan has a cameo as a tramp...

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By UK Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Mar. 2011
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When Tony Blake (Adam Faith) and his chums run out of money to fund their "creative" lifestyles, as well as to live in a large, London house, they have to find some way to improve their lot. Tony is an, as yet, unpublished author, whose book about the Loch Ness Monster has been rejected by yet another publisher. He hatches a plan to make it successful by faking a photograph of the aforementioned beastie. Along with his housemates, he goes to the local hardware shop (they didn't have DIY stores in those days) and they fabricate a poor "replica" of Nessie. Floated on the Serpentine and with smoke from a can, they take a photograph which appears to show the dreaded monster peering from the fog. In full view of a local tramp (Spike Milligan) who is fishing, they have to make a dash for it when the fire brigade is called to extinguish the non-existent fire. (It is so good to hear the sound of bells, rather than the wailing of the siren!!)

Eventually, they decide to promote and enhance their story by visiting Loch Ness and, by using sound effects and local gossip, they intend to convince the public that not only is Nessie real, but that they have the photograph to prove it!

A drive to Scotland in a Rolls-Royce, that was once a hearse, closely followed by the drunken father of the air-headed Charlotte (Carole Lesley) (if he'd tried it today, he wouldn't have made it past the end of the road!), in the days before motorways carved up the countryside!

The chums stay at a charming inn, where fish poaching appears to be rife. After a late-night excursion, Tony, Vernon and Charlotte have to seek refuge at a local cottage. Adam ends up sharing a bed with the kilted owner of the cottage (a bit risqué for the '60s - especially since the man is single!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Reel on 15 Feb. 2011
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Great Film and a rare treat, i saw this on TV shortly after Adam Faith passed away, glad this has been released, if you like the traditional classic 1960's comedies then this is a real gem you shouldn't be without
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan G. Lloyd on 26 April 2011
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Had seen this film in the 70's and 80's and enjoyed it. Glad I've got it on DVD. Quite an enjoyable romp with a tongue-n-cheek poke at the best monster in Scotland
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By john hubert belcher on 30 April 2013
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i love this film with adam faith in it what a whopper is a good classic comedy romp. i can remember the first time i saw this i loved it and i still do i got my copy yesterday and watched it . it brought back memerries
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara G. on 13 Feb. 2014
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Just a good old fashioned film, totally ridiculous but cheers you up. If you are a fan of Carry On you will like this.
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By Al-13 on 13 Feb. 2015
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I hadn't seen this since it did the rounds during the 60's at the cinema and it seems to have been overlooked by TV. Anyone who is a fan of the Carry On series will take to this but it does have a lot less innuendo and was probably a vehicle for Adam Faith who was very popular at the time (1961). I got it mainly for nostalgia but it turned out to be quite funny without having to resort to slapstick. The role of pub landlord was tailor-made for Sid James and other familiar but sadly missed faces include Terry Scott, Charles Hawtrey, Spike Milligan, Clive Dunn and old man Steptoe himself Wilfred Brambell making a brave attempt with a Scottish accent.
Not to be taken seriously and a refreshing change from the intensity and realism of most modern films, and as the saying goes- they don't make them like this anymore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PWGirdler on 2 May 2014
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Have not seen this film for 30 years. It was more entertaining than IU remembered. Not a good film but enjoyable if you remember the era.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By david dunbar on 28 Feb. 2011
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This movie is one of the early 60s black & white comedies,British with a British cast,but Im afraid it just aint funny,it has all the right ingrediants ie cast,director and location but it just left me straight faced except for the scenes with Freddie Frinton.The only reason that I bought this movie is that I am one of John Barry's biggest fans and as his name appears on the credits (he arranges one song) I had to have it in my collection.Having said all of this I must admit that I am a sentimentalist and I do love to see movies made in this period.The fashions the corny 'hip' talk and the traffic free roads/streets. Makes me quite nostalgic for my own teenage years.Therefore I am not disappointed with the movie in this respect.As always the service by Amazon acquiring the movie was second to none.
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