Around the World in 80 Ways
One of Philip's more light-hearted roles!
Around The World in Eighty Ways - a review by Angela Pollard
This is a delightful movie, surrounding the exploits of two brothers, Wally and Eddie, who try to convince their dilapidated father that he's on a trip visiting a few cities around the world, with hilarious results. This is all in order for Wally to save his 'Naner'.
Wally Davis, played by Philip Quast, is the owner of a banana plantation in Queensland. One day he receives a letter from his mum in Sydney telling him she's had enough of his dad and is going on a round the world tour. This does not really to concern Wally, until he returns from taking tourists on a trip around his plantation, to find his banana hut in mid air. It's being repossessed. Wally says they can't take his banana, but the man in charge of repossession says it's their banana. He also tells Wally he has to pay them $10,000 in 31 days or face bankruptcy and lose his 'Naner'.
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Wally decides he has only one option and that is to drive back to Sydney to catch his mum and use whatever savings she has for the tour to pay off his mortgage.
As Wally drives back he gives a brief description of some of the characters in the film.
Wally's description of his younger brother Eddie is that he is 18, not exactly intelligent, although he did turn his bedroom into a sound studio.
Wally also describes his father 'Roly' and the rivalry his father has with Mr. Moffet.
Although Wally catches up with mum before she leaves, unfortunately she has no money left. His mum is not too happy though as she finds out Mr. Moffet is also going on this trip.
Eddie goes to see his father, but Wally waits outside stating the old man wont want to see him. Wally and his father do not get on very well because as his father puts it Wally is a 'fruit'.
On receiving a postcard from Mr. Moffet telling him he is on the tour with his wife Roly gets upset and wants to follow them. Eddie says the can't because they have no money, but his dad tells him of a hidden stash. Wally persuades Eddie into going with him to withdraw the money, but are dismayed to find out it will take 4 weeks to do so.
Wally, unfortunately for Eddie, comes up with a plan of his own.
Wally reminds Eddie of the time they convinced their father that he was at a cricket match. He tells Eddie they can use his equipment to convince their father he is on a trip and the Roly is so blind and helpless he wont know the difference.
This is when the real adventure starts.
As I said at the beginning this is a delightful movie. The whole cast is superb. The story is imaginative and hilarious. The characters are wonderful and you do start to feel for them especially for poor Mrs. Davis, stuck on the trip with Mr. Moffet and Eddie as he deals with his love for Nurse Cox and Wally's mad ideas.
So why not check this movie out and take a trip on Wally`s flying bus to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Rome and Tokyo. I promise you will enjoy the ride.
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