Les Patterson Saves the World

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Les Patterson Saves the World
DVD cover
Directed byGeorge T. Miller
Produced bySue Milliken
Written byBarry Humphries
Diane Millstead
Based onCharacters by
Barry Humphries
StarringBarry Humphries
Pamela Stephenson
Joy Westmore
Thaao Penghlis
Music byTim Finn
CinematographyDavid Connell
Edited byTim Wellburn
Distributed byHoyts (Australia)
Recorded Releasing (UK)
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
98 minutess
BudgetA$7.3 million[1][2]
Box officeA$626,000 (Australia)

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


The uncouth Sir Les Patterson teams up with Dame Edna Everage (both played by Barry Humphries) to save the world from a virulent bioterror attack ordered by Colonel Richard Godowni (Thaao Penghlis) 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 film was originally meant to be made by Thorn EMI in Britain but was eventually established in Australia with entirely Australian money.[4]

Box office[edit]

Les Patterson Saves the World grossed $626,000 at the box office in Australia.[5] "It was a disaster of major proportions," said Jonathan Chissick of Hoyts, who distributed the film in Australia.[4] David Stratton wrote in 1990, "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."[4]

The movie was released to British cinemas in 1988 but was not successful there either.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Michael Adams included Les Patterson Saves The World on his list of "worst ever" Australian films.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Australian Productions Top $175 million", Cinema Papers, March 1986 p64
  2. ^ "Features A good year for Australian cinemas 'Crocodile Dundee' puts the bite back into the film industry". The Canberra Times. 61, (18, 723). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 7 January 1987. p. 16. Retrieved 28 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Les Patterson Saves the World". Empire. Archived from the original on 30 April 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c David Stratton, The Avacado Plantation, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p308
  5. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Michael Adams, Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies : a film critic's year-long quest to find the worst movie ever made. New York : Itbooks, 2010. ISBN 978-0-06-180629-2 (p.144)

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