Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
It's hijinks (as well as high dizziness) galore when an international air race sponsored by a newspaper publisher is undermined by sabotage. Starring in this frothy caper is a large and very funny international cast including Benny Hill, Eric Sykes, Gert Frobe, Irina Demich, James Fox, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Red Skelton, Robert Morley, Sarah Miles, Stuart Whitman and gap-toothed British funnyman Terry-Thomas.
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- Ken Annakin
- 1966 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- 1966 Academy Award®
- Best Writing Original Screenplay nominee
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; featurette; trailer; photo gallery; behind-the-scenes; storyboards.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that there are blink-and-you'll-miss them swear words and ethnic slurs, and a few stunts of a don't-try-this-at-home-with-cardboard-wings variety. One running gag concerns a Frenchman who seduces a string of women throughout (nothing explicit is shown). Some video boxes of this feature carry a "G," others a "PG," and there's no difference in content.
- Sexual Content
- A nude in a painting obliquely glimpsed. The model herself quickly clads herself in a towel. A flirty Frenchman insists on greeting and romancing girls with slaps on the bottom. Near the end he heads for a handy haystack with a woman.
- Flying-machine crashes and car-chase crackups are pretty frequent, but harmless. A punch-out. A clumsy duel fought with outsized rifles.
- "Hell" uttered, the s-word muttered, and the ethnic slur "nip."
- Social Behavior
- The cast is abundantly, exuberantly filled with hearty stereotypes, such as stiffly proper Britons, opera-singing Italians, laid-back cowboy Yanks, militaristic Germans, romantic Frenchmen, etc. (the Japanese entrant is a surprise; he has British mannerisms instead). There isn't any meanness in any of it. Noble, honest pilots win; the shifty, underhanded one doesn't.
- Mention of some real-life London newspapers.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Social drinking (with one of the wine glasses poisoned); cigar and cigarette smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it