Spanish Fly

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REVIEW

Less a comedy about buck nakedness than it is about one-upmanship, Spanish Fly's wafer-thin tale of skimpily-dressed models and accidental aphrodisiacs is enlivened immensely by the presence of its two stars - undeniable comedy icons Terry-Thomas and Leslie Phillips. Phillips was in his pomp throughout the '70s as it clearly shows here while Thomas, despite showing his age, is never less than magnificent - his famed dry delivery of lines ("you always were a mean sod...") are worth the price of admission alone.

Set and filmed in Minorca, its real foreign locale and top flight stars undisputably elevate Spanish Fly into the upper stratosphere of The British Sex Comedy - a genre which has lately become cool to appreciate (something it never was in its lifetime). Campaigned as "Leslie Phillips v Terry-Thomas" the film pits Phillips' louche, elegant style against Thomas's louche, disreputable style and the winners are undoubtedly the viewers.

Steve Rogers

Spanish Fly


PRODUCT DETAILS

The screen vibrates with bounderism and caddishness when comedy icons Terry-Thomas and Leslie Phillips star as rivals in this sunny, mid-‘70s sex comedy set on the Mediterranean island of Minorca. Spanish Fly is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Despite the scenery and sunshine, expat Sir Percy de Courcy feels dejected. In a cunning wheeze to make some much-needed money, he’s bought 100,000 gallons of local wine, hoping to sell it at a vast profit. Unfortunately, even Sir Percy has to admit the wine tastes foul, and when he asks his chauffeur to ‘improve’ the taste, a certain local ingredient finds its way into the bottles, turning it into a potent aphrodisiac! Add Sir Percy’s old school-friend Mike – arriving on the island to supervise a series of glamorous lingerie photo-shoots – and it seems Sir Percy is about to experience a sudden reversal of fortunes!

SPECIAL FEATURES:
[] Full-frame 4:3, as-filmed version of main feature
[] 56 minute music suite of Ron Goodwin’s original score
[] Original theatrical trailer
[] Image gallery


Reference
7953858
Barcode
5027626385842
Classification
15
Number of Discs
1
Picture
1.75:1 / Colour
Sound
Mono / English
Subtitles
None
Region
2 / PAL
Time
86 mins approx