Tom Courtenay plays Gerald Arthur "Gerry" Otley, a charming but feckless young drifter who scrapes a living from selling antiques in trendy 1960s London. Gerry's responsibility-free life suddenly takes a serious turn, when he finds himself caught up in a round of murder, espionage and quadruple crossing. He is mistaken for a spy; is kidnapped and detained several times; and becomes romantically involved with a foreign agent (Romy Schneider) working for British Intelligence. The exterior action takes place in a number of recognisable London locations: the area around Portobello Road street market in Notting Hill; a houseboat colony near Cheyne Walk in Chelsea; Bowater House in Knightsbridge; the Playboy Club in Park Lane; and the old Unilever milk depot in Wood Lane. A wide range of period British vehicles is featured: Otley drives an E-Type Jaguar, a Ford Anglia and an early 1960s passenger coach, and his disastrous driving test, which turns into an epic car chase, involves a driving-school Vauxhall Viva and a Ford Zephyr. The film, whose interiors were shot at Shepperton Studios, marked the directorial debut of Dick Clement. He and Ian La Frenais, famous at the time for writing The Likely Lads, wrote the script. Don Partridge co-wrote and performed the title music, "Homeless Bones", which was also released as the B-side of his single "Colour My World" (1969).

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Otley (1969)

Comedy · 1h 32m

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Everybody loves Otley...well, almost everybody

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Tom Courtenay plays Gerald Arthur "Gerry" Otley, a charming but feckless young drifter who scrapes a living from selling antiques in trendy 1960s London. Gerry's responsibility-free life suddenly takes a serious turn, when he finds himself caught up in a round of murder, espionage and quadruple crossing. He is mistaken for a spy; is kidnapped and detained several times; and becomes romantically involved with a foreign agent (Romy Schneider) working for British Intelligence. The exterior action takes place in a number of recognisable London locations: the area around Portobello Road street market in Notting Hill; a houseboat colony near Cheyne Walk in Chelsea; Bowater House in Knightsbridge; the Playboy Club in Park Lane; and the old Unilever milk depot in Wood Lane. A wide range of period British vehicles is featured: Otley drives an E-Type Jaguar, a Ford Anglia and an early 1960s passenger coach, and his disastrous driving test, which turns into an epic car chase, involves a driving-school Vauxhall Viva and a Ford Zephyr. The film, whose interiors were shot at Shepperton Studios, marked the directorial debut of Dick Clement. He and Ian La Frenais, famous at the time for writing The Likely Lads, wrote the script. Don Partridge co-wrote and performed the title music, "Homeless Bones", which was also released as the B-side of his single "Colour My World" (1969).

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United Kingdom

Production Companies

Bruce Cohn Curtis Films Ltd., Open Road Films (II)
Cast
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Tom Courtenay

Gerald Arthur Otley
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Romy Schneider

Imogen
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Alan Badel

Sir Alex Hadrian
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James Villiers

Hendrickson
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Leonard Rossiter

Johnston
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James Bolam

Albert
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Fiona Lewis

Lin
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Freddie Jones

Philip Proudfoot
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James Cossins

Jeffcock
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James Maxwell

Rollo
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Edward Hardwicke

Lambert
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Ronald Lacey

Curtis
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Phyllida Law

Jean
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Geoffrey Bayldon

Insp. Hewett
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Frank Middlemass

Bruce
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Damian Harris

Miles
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Robert Brownjohn

Paul
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Maureen Toal

Landlady
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Barry Fantoni

Larry
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Bernard Sharpe

Tony
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Paul Angelis

Constable
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David Kernan

Ground Steward
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Sheila Steafel

Ground Stewardess
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Katherine Parr

Newsagent
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Kathleen Helme

Dietician (as Kathleen Helm)
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Ron Owen

Hotel Waiter
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Stella Tanner

Traffic Warden
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Jonathan Cecil

Young Man at Party
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Georgina Simpson

Young Girl at Party
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Norman Shelley

1st Businessman
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John Savident

2nd Businessman
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Ken Parry

3rd Businessman
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Robin Askwith

1st Kid
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Kevin Bennett

2nd Kid
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Kenneth Cranham

3rd Kid
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Robert Gillespie

Policeman
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Don McKillop

Police Driver (as Donald McKillop)
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The Herd

Themselves
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Jimmy Young

Himself - Radio Presenter (voice)
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Pete Murray

Himself - Radio Presenter (voice)
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Harry Fielder

Man in Pub (uncredited)
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Nigel Kingsley

Young Boy (uncredited)
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Aileen Lewis

Onlooker at Buckingham Palace Investiture (uncredited)
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James Payne

Taxi Driver (uncredited)
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Marianne Stone

Woman at Party (uncredited)
Crew
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Dick Clement

Director
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Dick Clement

Writer
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Ian La Frenais

Writer
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Martin Waddell

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Otley

(DVD)

8/16/2010

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