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Where Is Parsifal? (1984)

PG | | Comedy | 19 July 1985 (UK)
A man whose wife entertains eccentric individuals, has no other choice to avoid ruin than to sell a patent on laser beams he invented...


Henri Helman


Berta Domínguez D. (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Parsifal Katzenellenbogen
Berta Domínguez D. Berta Domínguez D. ... Elba (as Cassandra Domenica)
Erik Estrada ... Henry Board II
Peter Lawford ... Montague Chippendale
Ron Moody ... Beersbohm
Donald Pleasence ... Mackintosh
Orson Welles ... Klingsor
Christopher Chaplin ... Ivan
Nancy Roberts Nancy Roberts ... Ruth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Beatty Arthur Beatty ... Jasper
Victoria Burgoyne ... Gabriella Veronica
Frank Jakeman ... Mafia Bodyguard
Ava Lazar ... Sheila
Vladek Sheybal


A man whose wife entertains eccentric individuals, has no other choice to avoid ruin than to sell a patent on laser beams he invented...

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English | French

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19 July 1985 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

C'è qualcosa di strano in famiglia See more »

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London, England, UK

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This is often incorrectly considered to be a lost film, since it has never been commercially available in the UK or USA, however the film was released on home video in at least Italy, Australia and the Netherlands during the 1980s. See more »


Klingsor: I am Klingsor the Nineteenth, overlord of an empire stretching across national frontiers from flower-filled Herzegovina to the far-flung lake shore of Chicago - where, as you know, there are only two seasons: winter... and August.
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Steven Schlaks composed the title theme tune which was re-arranged and orchestrated by the producers. They also used a lot of his music throughout the movie See more »

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odd, fun, madcap real-life (?) story
5 March 2014 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

If you liked Skidoo, or The President's Analyst, you're going to LOVE Parsifal. It's a zany collection of actors, doing zany, wacky things for an hour and 22 minutes! Erik Estrada, Peter Lawford, a 69 year old Orson Welles, Don Pleasance, and of course Tony Curtis, as Parsifal. He is a madcap inventor, trying to sell one of his inventions to pay off his debts. He keeps getting calls from everyone about his overdue debts, while his wife (Berta Dominguez, who also wrote the screenplay for this thing) is sleeping with everyone she can lay her hands on (hah!). The butler and the maid are just atrocious, but no-one seems to notice. They change the butler's name so it's not so German, but he keeps clicking his heels anyway, which seems to be a WWII reference to the Nazi's. Its a fun, wacky, silly, ALMOST pointless story, but there actually is a barebones outline of a story here. Christopher Lloyd must have watched this before he made "Back to the Future".... his mannerisms are JUST like Parsifal, when he goes crashing from room to room, lurching back and forth, yelling, mumbling at the same time. Arthur Beatty is a tall, black man "Jasper", who keeps appearing and spouting words of wisdom, in the true spirit of the 1960s. Interesting photo of the cast of this film on Beatty's facebook page, as of today. After watching this, I'm not really sure who everyone is, and their place in the story, but its on netflix, so I may watch it again. There IS nudity and cussing, so put the kids to bed! Directed by Henri Helman, who directed a whole lot of things en français, so I'm guessing he is French. If you like offbeat, alternative films that don't really make sense and were probably improvised on the spot, you will like this one.

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