The Adventures of Barry McKenzie


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Release Date: 1972
Director: Bruce Beresford
Running Time: 114 mins
Cast: Barry Crocker, Barry Humphries, Peter Cooke, Spike Milligan, Dennis Price
Comic Artist: Barry Humphries & Nicolas Garland
First Appearance: The Wonderful World of Barry McKenzie




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

Prequels, Sequels and Follow-ons:

Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974) Directed by Bruce Beresford with the same cast

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