Synopsis

Edwin Antony (Hywel Bennett) is emasculated in an accident which kills a young philanderer. Doctors successfully replace his member with that of the dead man, but refuse to tell him the full story of the organ's origin. So Edwin begins a search which takes him to the philanderer's wife - and also to his many, many girlfriends... —Mark Doran

Director

Ralph Thomas

Cast

Hywel Bennett
as Edwin Anthony
Denholm Elliott
as Emmanuel Whitbread
Britt Ekland
as Dorothy Chiltern-Barlow
Cyd Hayman
as Moira Warrington
Janet Key
as Hazel Anthony
Tracey Crisp
as Miss Elder

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 4 /10

Flaccid.

When antiques dealer Edwin (Hywel Bennett) loses his tally-whacker in a freak accident, he becomes the first ever patient to undergo a penis transplant.

The permissive society of the swinging sixties and early seventies gave rise to the great British sex comedy, bawdy farces that offered cheap titillation to the masses in the form of ribald innuendo, silly sexual situations, and gratuitous nudity.

Percy looks set to be a classic example of the genre, it's penis transplant subject matter lending itself perfectly to such bawdy treatment, and sure enough, viewers are quickly treated to some suggestive dialogue, unsubtle phallic imagery and curvaceous beauties in skimpy outfits. The lowbrow laughs don't last long, however, soon giving way to a much more sober approach, the film focusing instead on Edwin's confusion and emotional turmoil following his operation.

This shift to a more ponderous tone serves to make Percy a more respectable movie than it could otherwise have been—a shame, 'cos I'd been looking forward to a huge helping of shameless smut and seriously saucy giggles and what I actually got was that guy from Shelley looking downright miserable (yet again) even when faced with a series of sexy 70s babes desperate for a seeing to.

One thing's for sure, Robin Askwith wouldn't have wasted time deliberating his dilemma when he could've been testing out his new todger!

Reviewed by neil-476 7 /10

Very much of its era

A young man receives someone else's penis in a transplant, and attempts to track down as much as possible about the donor.

Back in 1971 this movie was edgy, controversial stuff, dancing along the very border of what was acceptable (so much so that the word "penis" was not heard during the film. History (or changed times) shows it to be a rather gentle, mildly satirical, somewhat bittersweet comedy/drama with a non-preachy moral centre, and far from as edgy as it thought it was at the time.

Hywel Bennett is excellent as the recipient, the donor's back catalogue of lovely ladies are, indeed, lovely, and Denholm Elliot (as the groundbreaking surgeon) chews scenery with relish. And the Kinks provide an excellent soundtrack, with Lola taking pride of place.

Reviewed by Wizard-8 N/A

Not funny or erotic

You might think that a movie concerning itself with a man getting a penis transplant and his adventures trying to find out about the donor would be a really raunchy affair. Surprisingly, the movie is extremely tame - there's almost no nudity, sex, or foul language. In fact, I am surprised this got an "R" rating even in 1971. Another surprise is that the movie doesn't try for as many attempts at humor as you might think. The second half of the movie is serious for the most part. As you might have guessed, this movie is not that much fun, and you'll get tired from it long before the end. The most curious thing about it is the score from The Kinks. It doesn't fit the movie for the most part, like how they play an instrumental of "Lola" when a woman is stripteasing for the main male character! Somehow this movie was successful enough to inspire a sequel several years later. Thanks, but I think I'll pass.

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