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Just keep this in mind before you make such an expensive purchase. As for the film, it is very much worth having. Peter Ustinov is simply wonderful as a computer age thief, and I highly recommmend the film itself.
Sir Peter Ustinov and Dame Maggie Smith have a marvellous chemistry, he as a charming embezzler/con man, she as a total disaster of a would-be "career girl".
As the film opens, Marcus Pendleton (Ustinov) is just getting out of gaol; the prison governor counsels him that he'd better go straight; computers are making it impossible to get away with his style of crime any more (that's how they got him this time), and he's getting too old for another spell in quod.
He agrees wholeheartedly.
So wholeheartedly that, determinig that Britain's foremost computer-anti-crime expert, Ceasar Smith (Robert Morley), is an avid lepidopterist, he lures him away to the Amazon on a wild butterfly chase... and takes his place, studying computers the while. (As daunting as they semed, computers were a lot less complex in those days.)
Hired by an American conglomerate as head of computer security for their British operations, he is in a perfect position to, as it were, hunt with the hounds and run with the fox.
By slipping one piece of bogus data into the computer, he lays the basis of a pyramind scheme that will net, literally, millions. (And remember, this was a time when the villains in Bond movies still hadn't learnt the word "billion".)
Enter Patty Terwilliger, living in the flat next to his, and a total disaster in terms of surviving the Real World -- as an example of the sort of disasters that invariably befall her, she gets a job as an omnibus conductor... and the 'bus drives away and leaves her behind.
He meets her, and, at first, simply wants to help her get on.Read more ›
There have seldom been two actors as charming as Peter Ustinov and Maggie Smith; together, they push the charm quotient through the stratosphere. Whether prattling about curry ("It's vile, i'n't it?") or realizing how lonely they are (and how to solve that problem) they are astonishing. They seem to have been born from the head of the same muse - in their timing and relation to each other they're like the most comfortable of old vaudeville partners. The freeze-frame close-up of Ustinov at the end and his sweetly concerned "Are you all right?" is one of the most lovely, moving things of its kind - almost on a par with Chaplin at the end of "City Lights."
Even the redoubtable Karl Malden gives a nice little performance here; the scene between him and Caesar Romero in Brazil is an absolute gem. And Bob Newhart is marvelously snide as the fly in Ustinov's ointment - not quite Iago, maybe, but we all know the type.
This is a movie so filled with little pleasures and wonderfully askew comic sequences playing off each other that it seems like a classic in the vein of Lubitsch and Wilder ... especially now, with the state of our movie comedy no laughing matter.
When, o when, will this darling film be made available - in widescreen - on DVD?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a wonderful movie, and how great to see Maggie Smith in her days as a young actress ably holding her own against Peter Ustinov, Karl Malden and Bob Newhart. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Charming story with a surprise at the end. How can you miss with the cast!Published 4 months ago by Mary Scurlock
Maggie smith is a gem. Peter Ustinov never better! A story for all seasons.Published 5 months ago by Joanne Coleman
Awful movie. Had neighbors over, got comfy to watch it together. I was embarrassed it was so bad! 0 stars. We shut it off. Ugh.Published 10 months ago by Patricia A. Fuhrman
Several other reviewers commented on problems with the viewing of this printed on-demand DVD. Just received this and watched it immediately -- just in case. Read morePublished 13 months ago by B Boop
In this very classy classic film, Sir Peter Ustinov portrays a mid aged con man who finds himself with one last chance in which partway through the film, he appears to have blown... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Abel Soto
A little dated in contrast to the twists and turns of more sophisticated modern films in this genre but nevertheless a gentle and undemanding film which was very enjoyable.Published 14 months ago by Benty
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