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Otley

UK, English, 91 mins

  • Director: Dick Clement
  • Writer: Dick Clement; Ian La Frenais
  • Producer: Bruce Cohn Curtis; Carl Foreman

CGiii Comment

Courtney is less Bond, more Steptoe, in this scruffy little spy-spoof that is - woefully - threadbare in the 'laugh' department.

The only reason to root this out is for Freddie Jones...he plays - with a fair dollop of gentleman's relish - a stereotypical, predatory screaming queen...

He's hysterical...but, for those of you with over-wrought sensitivities...you will be mortally offended.

Flimsy...and, forgotten for a reason.


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

Gerald Otley, a petty thief and garbage rummager, wakes up one morning, after a drunken night on the town, and finds that he is wanted by the police for murder. And that is only the beginning. While being pursued for a crime he did not commit, he is kidnapped by a group of criminals who suspect him of being involved with double agents. Otley manages to escape, but cannot avoid getting into one near-fatal crisis after another, as police and foreign agents chase after him. It is a wild week of misadventures which Otley will never forget!

Cast & Characters

Tom Courtenay as Gerald Arthur Otley;
Romy Schneider as Imogen;
Alan Badel as Sir Alex Hadrian;
James Villiers as Hendrickson;
Leonard Rossiter as Johnson;
Freddie Jones as Philip Proudfoot;
Fiona Lewis as Lin;
James Bolam as Albert;
James Cossins as Geffcock;
James Maxwell as Rollo;
Edward Hardwicke as Lambert;
Ronald Lacey as Curtis;
Phyllida Law as Jean;
Geoffrey Bayldon as Insp. Hewett;
Frank Middlemass as Bruce

From the same director:

Porridge

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