Les Patterson Saves the World

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Les Patterson Saves the World
Directed by George Miller
Produced by Sue Milliken
Written by Barry Humphries,
Diane Millstead
Starring Barry Humphries,
Pamela Stephenson,
Joy Westmore,
Thaao Penghlis
Distributed by Hoyts (Australia)
Recorded Releasing (UK)
Release date(s) 1987
Running time 98 minutess
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$7.3 million[1]
Box office A$626,000 (Australia)

Les Patterson Saves the World is a 1987 Australian comedy film starring Barry Humphries as his famous stage creations Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage.


The uncouth Sir Les Patterson, played by Barry Humphries, teams up with Dame Edna Everage (again played by Barry Humphries) to save the world from a virulent bioterror attack ordered by Colonel Richard Godowni of the Gulf State of Abu Niveah.



The film was co-written by Humphries with his third wife Diane Millstead, and directed by George Miller of The Man from Snowy River fame.

The movie was originally meant to be made by Thorn EMI in Britain but was eventually established in Australia with entirely Australian money.[2]

Box Office[edit]

Les Patterson Saves the World grossed $626,000 at the box office in Australia.[3] "It was a disaster of major proportions," said Jonathan Chissick of Hoyts, who distributed the film in Australia.[2] David Stratton wrote in 1990 that:

The gala opening was an embarrassing occasion, and it is still rumoured in the industry today that the Federal Treasurer Paul Keating, who attended, was so angry that he decide to end rorts in the film industry.[2]

The movie was released to British cinemas in 1988 but was not successful there either.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Australian Productions Top $175 million", Cinema Papers, March 1986 p64
  2. ^ a b c David Stratton, The Avacado Plantation, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p308
  3. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office

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