Percy (film)

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Directed by Ralph Thomas
Produced by Betty E. Box
Written by Raymond Hitchcock (novel), Hugh Leonard
Starring Hywel Bennett
Denholm Elliott
Elke Sommer
Britt Ekland
Cyd Hayman
Distributed by EMI Films (UK)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA)
Release dates
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget ₤300,000[1]

Percy is a British comedy film directed by Ralph Thomas starring Hywel Bennett, Denholm Elliott, Elke Sommer and Britt Ekland.

Edwin (Bennett), an innocent and shy young man, is hit by a nude man falling from a high-rise building while carrying a chandelier. Edwin's penis is mutilated in the accident and has to be amputated; the falling man is killed.

Edwin becomes the recipient of the world's first penis transplant: he receives the very large penis of the womanizer killed in the same accident. With his new bit of anatomy (which he names "Percy"), Edwin follows the womanizer's footsteps, meeting all his women friends, before settling happily with the donor's mistreated widow.

The film is based on a novel of the same name by Raymond Hitchcock (father of musician Robyn Hitchcock), and is today remembered for its soundtrack by The Kinks. It was followed by a 1974 sequel, Percy's Progress.




The film was unable to be screened in Australia until the "R" certificate was introduced.[2]

Box Office[edit]

The film was the 8th most popular movie at the British box office in 1971.[3] According to Nat Cohen the movie made a profit of ₤500,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b Blundy, David. "Ooh, you are awful, film men tell Tories." Sunday Times [London, England 16 Dec. 1973: 5. The Sunday Times Digital Archive.] Web. 29 Mar. 2014.
  2. ^ "Comedy film awaits the 'R'.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 14 July 1971. p. 3. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Peter Waymark. "Richard Burton top draw in British cinemas." Times [London, England] 30 Dec. 1971: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.

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