Adventures of Barry McKenzie

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie

Director: Bruce Beresford

Cast: Barry Crocker, Paul Bertram

     
 
The popular Australian comic strip The Wonderful World of Barry McKenzie was first brought to the screen in this raunchy 1972 romp. Barry Crocker plays the title character, a carefree Aussie cowboy with an inordinate fondness for beer and "Sheilas." Touring England as a stand-up comic, Barry runs across several odd characters, including addlepated discipline

Overview

The popular Australian comic strip The Wonderful World of Barry McKenzie was first brought to the screen in this raunchy 1972 romp. Barry Crocker plays the title character, a carefree Aussie cowboy with an inordinate fondness for beer and "Sheilas." Touring England as a stand-up comic, Barry runs across several odd characters, including addlepated discipline freak Dennis Price. Also on hand is Barry McKenzie cocreator Barry Humphries, appearing in drag as Dame Edna Beveridge, a character who would bring Humphries worldwide fame and fortune in the 1990s. Director Bruce Beresford, who went on to such loftier efforts as Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies and Crimes of the Heart, breezes through his scatalogical material with the abandon of a schoolboy scribbling naughty words on the sidewalk.

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This raucous Australian hit is more amusing than it is good. The script, penned by co-star Barry Humphries with director Bruce Beresford, has plenty of amusing moments but sometimes leans a little too heavily on "shock value" bits of comedy that look dated and tame by modern standards. More importantly, both the script and Beresford's direction suffer from slack pacing that stands the laughs amidst dull stretches and makes the film's flaws and rough-hewn style that much more apparent. That said, those interested in Australian film might still find The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie worth seeing. Despite its issues with structure and pace, the script is full of colorful characters and dialogue that overflows with unique, Aussie-specific slang terms. It also boasts two fantastic comic creations in the form of the title character and Edna Everage. Those characters are brought into three dimensions by wonderful performances by Barry Crocker and Humphries: Crocker deploys a nice mix of downhome charm and deadpan comic timing to make the title character's naivete amusing and Humphries has a blast camping it up as Edna (the latter's work was so indelible that the character had a shelf life far beyond the Barry McKenzie films). In short, The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie is better as a time capsule than as a full-fledged comedy but is just amusing enough to entertain those interested in vintage Aussie film fare.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
UPC:
0018619227305
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
NR
Source:
Televista
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
80,422

Special Features

Interview with Barry Humphries; Film biographies; Scene access; Digitally remastered; Enhanced audio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barry Crocker Barry McKenzie
Barry Humphries Edna Everage,Hoot,Meyer De Lamphrey
Paul Bertram Curly
Dennis Price Mr. Gort
Avice Landone Mrs. Gort
Margo Lloyd Mrs. McKenzie
Jenny Tomasin Sarah Gort
Peter Cook Dominic
Judith Furse Claude
Christopher Malcolm Sean
Mary Anne Severne Lesley
Dick Bentley Detective
Spike Milligan Landlord
Julie Covington Blanche
Maria O'Brien Caroline Thighs
John Joyce Maurie Miller
John Clarke Underground Filmmaker
Wilfred Grove Customs Officer
Jonathan Hardy Groove Courtenay
Bernard Spear Actor
Joan Bakewell Actor
Irvin Allen Actor
Jack Watling Actor
John D. Collins Actor
William Rushton Actor
Brad Hay Actor
Ken Kitson Actor
Alexander Archdale Actor
Jean Fredericks Actor

Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director,Screenwriter
Phil Adams Producer
Peter Best Score Composer
June Hamilton Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Humphries Screenwriter
Phil Judd Sound/Sound Designer
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
David McKay Score Composer
John Scott Editor
John Stoddart Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Adventures of Barry McKenzie
1. Opening [6:50]
2. The Airport [9:32]
3. The Pub [7:31]
4. Cheating [10:30]
5. Snooping [8:42]
6. On A Date [11:34]
7. The Hippies [8:44]
8. The Fight [9:00]
9. Mothers House [7:49]
10. Getting Away [9:26]
11. TV Station [8:53]
12. The End [3:02]

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