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Scripted by Clement and Ian La Frenais, this vastly entertaining - if occasionally bewildering - comedy thriller stars Courtenay as the cowardly Otley, an innocent (though none too honest) Portobello Road layabout caught in a muddle of murder, mayhem and espionage. The plot never stops in its search for new ways to embarrass Otley: in one scene he seeks refuge in a crowd, only to find himself the only white man in a Black Power demonstration. More importantly, Otley's petty but human wheeling-and-dealing (lifting the odd art object for resale to the antique stalls) is consistently counterpoised to the slick inhumanity of his forever changing allies/friends, who only think of him as a tool to be used and then thrown away.

By: PH

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Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Dick Clement
Screenwriter: Ian La Frenais, Dick Clement
Cast: Tom Courtenay
Romy Schneider
Alan Badel
James Villiers
Leonard Rossiter
James Bolam
Fiona Lewis
Freddie Jones
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