Shadey

Preposterous piffle in which hopelessly miscast stage actor Sher makes a ludicrous plot worse by parading a veritable text-book of camp and wildly inappropriate theatrical gestures as the eponymous hero, a bankrupt garage owner who tries to cash in on his precognitive powers in order to raise funds for a sex-change operation. Desperate for cash, Shadey approaches an eminent businessman (Macnee), who sells him to a military research establishment, where his pacifist leanings conflict with their hawkish aspirations. Thrown in for bad measure is a voyeuristic subplot concerning Macnee's incestuous desire for his daughter (Ash). The only enjoyable moment is when Macnee's mad wife (Helmond) stabs Shadey in the balls with a fork, his exquisite agony matched by our gratifying sense of revenge.

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Philip Saville
Screenwriter: Snoo Wilson
Cast: Katherine Helmond
Patrick Macnee
Antony Sher
Bernard Hepton
Leslie Ash
Billie Whitelaw
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