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 co-creator 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.
© Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide