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Otley (1969)

M/PG | | Comedy | 22 May 1969 (UK)
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Gerald Otley, wannabe antiques dealer, is kicked out of his flat for failing to pay rent, sleeps at a friend's house for the night, wakes up two days later in an airport field, and finds himself entangled in international espionage.

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Dick Clement

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Dick Clement (screenplay), Ian La Frenais (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Courtenay ... Gerald Arthur Otley
Romy Schneider ... Imogen
Alan Badel ... Alec Hadrian
James Villiers ... Hendrickson
Leonard Rossiter ... Johnston
James Bolam ... Albert
Fiona Lewis ... Lin
Freddie Jones ... Philip Proudfoot
James Cossins ... Jeffcock
James Maxwell ... Rollo
Edward Hardwicke ... Lambert
Ronald Lacey ... Curtis
Phyllida Law ... Jean
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Superintendent Hewitt
Frank Middlemass ... Bruce
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Gerald Arthur Otley (Sir Tom Courtenay), 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 nearly fatal crisis after another, as Police and foreign Agents chase after him. It is a wild week of misadventures which he will never forget. Written by alfiehitchie

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Everybody loves Otley...well, almost everybody

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Banditák hálójában See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the agency, for which Gerald Arthur Otley (Sir Tom Courtenay) worked, was Department M-2 of British Intelligence. See more »

Quotes

Johnston: Do you know who I am?
Gerald Arthur Otley: I don't know anything. I don't know anything about anybody any more. I just assume somebody's slipped LSD in my Bovril and I'm on a trip.
Johnston: I'm Johnston.
Gerald Arthur Otley: Oh really. D'you work for ICS?
Johnston: [casually] On and off. I'm their assassin.
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References P.J. (1968) See more »

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Written by Stanley Myers and Don Partridge
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A Solid Spy Comedy that Wasn't Given Enough Direction or Material to Shine
17 January 2019 | by tabunoSee all my reviews

28 August 2012. The droll British humor of this late sixties movie doesn't quite have the snappish charm of Peter Seller's The Pink Panther (1963) nor the American slap slick entertainment of another closely related and even more ironic comedy thriller The Man With One Red Shoe (1985). There are a number of sequences that are quite suggestive of the potential of this movie, yet it seems to be so laid back and in a few places so serious that it never quite takes off. The strongest element of this movie is its ending, yet it only heightens the apparent omission of the potential strength of the movie in the primary relationship between the two main characters. Romy Schneider who had the most appeal in the movie came close to achieving that fine relational nuance that would have taken this movie to a new level, but didn't quite take it over the top. Tom Courtenay only three years after his presence in the classic Dr. Zhivago, explores his range of talent from his previous role as a serious Russian revolutionary and isn't given quite the comedic material to really shine in the movie. Overall, this is a pleasant romp in England, mostly connected with together but not quite stitch up in the intricate nature of great British espionage movies of the time. A more contemporary British espionage spy comedy thriller would be Wild Targets (2010).


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