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Day The Fish Came Out, The (1967)

Michael Cacoyannis’s follow-up to his highly acclaimed Zorba the Greek (1964) couldn’t have been more different, or more of a disappointment: a ham-fisted satire that falls prisoner to the modish mood of its time.

Tom Courtenay and Colin Blakely play NATO airmen whose plane, carrying a pair of H-bombs and a doomsday weapon, ditches in the sea near a Greek island.

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As you can imagine, the laugh quota substantially drops when locals start getting contaminated.

Cacoyannis, who not only directs but also wrote the screenplay, struggles to integrate the clashing styles of farce and realism into any coherent whole.

Amid all the fake psychedelia, you can spot a fresh-faced Candice Bergen and a pre-Return of The Saint Ian Ogilvy.

Navigator
Tom Courtenay
Pilot
Colin Blakely
Elias
Sam Wanamaker
Electra
Candice Bergen
Peter
Ian Ogilvy
Dentist
Dimitris Nicolaides
Goatherd
Nikos Alexiou
Mrs Mavroyannis
Patrick Burke

Director
Michael Cacoyannis