Les Patterson Saves the World (1987)

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Fat middle aged 24/7 drunkard Les Patterson (Barry Humphries) represents Australia at the UN where his fart literally incinerates an Arab ambassador. Patterson is reassigned to the Middle ... See full summary »


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  • Barry Humphries in Les Patterson Saves the World (1987)
  • Barry Humphries in Les Patterson Saves the World (1987)
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Director:

George Miller

Writers:

Barry Humphries, Diane Millstead

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22 November 2008 | TheRowdyMan
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| Les Patterson as James Bond...why?!?
It's a shame Barry Humphries' infamous Sir Les Patterson character had his film debut in this under-cooked spy/comedy. This film reminded me of the Beatty/Hoffman stinker, Ishtar (1987). Humphries should have learned from the mistakes that film made - if you're going to change gears on a concept - DON'T USE SPIES!

Bad spies like Archer or Maxwell Smart work because they you think of secret agents of being highly skilled professions (not incompetent boobs). But they ARE actually secret agents and that subverts your expectations.

It would have been great to see the anachronistic and boorish Patterson sleazing around in the world of Australian politics (one of the characters even point out that Patterson is out-of-date with the times). Humphires could of had a field day making commentary on the Hawke Government (I can just picture a scene with Patterson and Hawkie in a drinking contest) and few scenes where he is being an incompetent diplomat are very funny.

But instead of a film continuing the character's satire of loutish Australian politicians; we get run-of-the-mill, fish-out-of-water farce with Patterson running around the world as James Bond trying to save the world from bio-chemical weapons (hooray for us).

Even the gross-out humour that Humphires pioneered in the Barry McKenzie films, isn't as wild or as funny as it could have been. Disappointing.

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Trivia

As of 2017, this is the last film Barry Humphries has written.


Quotes

Dr. Charles Herpes: Visiting careless tourists in their rooms at the hotel Sodom is my bread and butter, but the jam on top is chronic diarrhea.


Crazy Credits

Dame Edna Everage and Dr. Sir Leslie Patterson appear by arrangement with the Barry Humphries Life Enhancement Facility.


Alternate Versions

A comparison between the DVDs published in the U.K. (2004) and in Germany (2011) shows different endings, apparently the Australian/worldwide Edition and a special version for the USA. The worldwide Edition ends with Sir Les Patterson getting awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. After an eulogy has been held in his favor, Sir Les, drunk like a skunk, staggers to the speaker's platform, looses some pages of his speech, bows down and farts, somebody is lighting up a cigarette and the whole story ends like is had begun. In the U.S. version, a reception is held for Sir Les by Mrs. President at the White House. Surrounded by her guests, she praises her interior designer for redecorating her domicile. Than she excuses herself for seeing the lavatories. Meanwhile the gay designer boasts of his idea of having colored the Blue Salon all in pink and that even appropriate toilet seats have installed at the lavatories this very morning. Getting suspicious about the seats being contaminated, Sir Les rushes into the ladies and comes back with a bewildered, but happy Mrs. President on his arms and the invited crowd applauds.


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You Saved The World
Performed by
Tim Finn

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