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Les Patterson Saves the World (1987)

Fat middle aged 24/7 drunkard Les Patterson (Barry Humphries) represents Australia at the UN where his fart literally incinerates an Arab ambassador. Patterson is reassigned to the Middle ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Humphries ... Sir Les Patterson / Dame Edna Everage (as Sir Les Patterson/Dame Edna Everage)
Pamela Stephenson ... Veronique Crudite
Thaao Penghlis ... Colonel Richard Godowni
Andrew Clarke Andrew Clarke ... Neville Thonge
Henri Szeps Henri Szeps ... Dr. Charles Herpes / Desiree Herpes
Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Inspector Farouk
Elizabeth McIvor Elizabeth McIvor ... Nancy Borovansky
Garth Meade Garth Meade ... Mustafa Toul
Arthur Sherman Arthur Sherman ... General Evans
Josef Drewniak Josef Drewniak ... Mossolov
Esben Storm Esben Storm ... Russian Scientist
Joy Westmore Joy Westmore ... Lady Gwen Patterson
Connie Hobbs Connie Hobbs ... Madge Allsop
Christine Hill Christine Hill ... A Possum for Peace
Kati Edwards Kati Edwards ... A Possum for Peace


Fat middle aged 24/7 drunkard Les Patterson (Barry Humphries) represents Australia at the UN where his fart literally incinerates an Arab ambassador. Patterson is reassigned to the Middle East so he can be tortured to death by the country he insulted. Patterson's arrival disrupts a coup and he is spared. At a bar Patterson meets a bioweapons scientist who's developed a horrific disease for the KGB which plan to distribute it to the Pentagon via toilet seats. Patterson, though far too drunk to understand anything happening, teams up with Dame Edna (also Humphries)to save the world. Written by Anonymous

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While Diplomats dither and Presidents procrastinate . . . Les Patterson Saves the World See more »




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Release Date:

9 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A követ, aki minden követ követ See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The H.E.L.P virus was a commentary on A.I.D.S. See more »


Les Patterson: Hey, Nev, where were you when the shit hit the fan, dickhead?
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Crazy Credits

Dame Edna Everage and Dr. Sir Leslie Patterson appear by arrangement with the Barry Humphries Life Enhancement Facility. See more »

Alternate Versions

A comparison between the DVDs published in the U.K. (2004) and in Germany (2011) shows different endings, apparently the Australian/worldwide Edition and a special version for the USA. The worldwide Edition ends with Sir Les Patterson getting awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. After an eulogy has been held in his favor, Sir Les, drunk like a skunk, staggers to the speaker's platform, looses some pages of his speech, bows down and farts, somebody is lighting up a cigarette and the whole story ends like is had begun. In the U.S. version, a reception is held for Sir Les by Mrs. President at the White House. Surrounded by her guests, she praises her interior designer for redecorating her domicile. Than she excuses herself for seeing the lavatories. Meanwhile the gay designer boasts of his idea of having colored the Blue Salon all in pink and that even appropriate toilet seats have installed at the lavatories this very morning. Getting suspicious about the seats being contaminated, Sir Les rushes into the ladies and comes back with a bewildered, but happy Mrs. President on his arms and the invited crowd applauds. See more »


You Saved The World
Performed by Tim Finn
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Creaky plot, not enough Sir Les - but still worth watching
4 January 2006 | by otis-bogleSee all my reviews

Doctor Sir Leslie Colin Patterson KBE is one of the greatest comedy creations ever. Barry Humphries only rarely gives him an outing so it is a shame that this film is so average (or should that be everage ?). Perhaps he hoped for a greater appeal by including Dame Edna Everage but 'she' gets too much time. Nevertheless, this 'fillum' is still a very funny in places and is a must for all admirers of Sir Les.

Anyone who wants to see this character in full flow should track down the video or soundtrack of "Les Patterson has a stand-up" which was a live show in London in 1997. In 1985 Sir Les also wrote the funniest book ever - it's called "The Traveller's Tool".

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