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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Top gun of slapstick early-aviation comedies.

Movie G 1965 138 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Media Strikes Again!

This was the first film that caused me question common sense media's reliability as a site. I bought this film on their recommendation that it was fine for kids "7 and up". I was shocked and embarassed by how much lewd and suggestive content got stuck in this film. One character, the Frenchman, is an obvious womanizer. Not just that, he treats woman as sexual objects to obtain. He slaps them on the bottom, leers at them, and isn't interested in them for anything but sex. This could be amusing if it were being treated as wrong, but the film expects us to laugh at and CONDONE this type of behavior. Some of the Frenchman's behavior is seriously unfunny. At one point, the film makes it obvious that he is in the process of deflowering an older man's virgin daughter off-screen. Then, the villain makes a joke about it! Is this supposed to be amusing? Plus, there is partial nudity in this film. During a Titanic style nude drawing sequence, a woman's bare back and lower bottom are visible. She covers herself relatively quickly with a towel, but I was so disappointed and upset at this scene that I considered turning the film off right there. The language in this film is also unacceptable. I never heard the s-word used, but the characters in this film use the d-words and h-words many times. Now, you may be thinking, "What is this prude's problem? None of that stuff is that big a deal." I would more or less agree with you that none of this stuff is that bad compared to other films, but the fact that this film is targeting families raises it to a higher standard. It should be squeaky clean, and it simply isn't. Plus, while the content may not be ridiculously over-the-top, the film's sleazy view of sex and its lack of any apparent message makes it a poor choice for my family.
age 17+

Leave it alone

Nude posing for painting seen from behind. Suggestive situations.

Is It Any Good?

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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines recently charted high in a UK survey of favorite kid-friendly movies, and no wonder. From the opening faux-silent movie sequence with a caveman (mimed by Red Skelton), there's hardly a dull minute for viewers of any age, even with a super-sized length (home-video preserves the "intermission" break and orchestral overture for old-time theater audiences). The cast sparkles, and they're all larger-than-life actors playing broad character spoofs, right down to major Euro-actors in bit roles (yes, that's the villain from Goldfinger as the pratfalling German marshal).

Sets, costumes and nostalgic Edwardian-era flavor are a joy to behold. And the sputtering, chugging, wire-and-canvas flying contraptions are wonderful. In all but a handful of shots it's clear that these are real aircraft, not CGI or f/x illusions. Watching them aloft conveys some of the thrills that early plane-spotters might have felt back then.

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