Film - Finest Fart Scenes

Since Swiss Army Man is out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 10th April (and because today is what it is date wise) here's a selection of the Finest Farting Scenes in films...

Since finishing the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe has gone out of his way to subvert his boy-wizard roots by choosing a range of quirky roles, not to mention a string of memorable comedy cameos in the likes of Extras, Trainwreck and The Simpsons. In Swiss Army Man, Radcliffe takes on his oddest role to date – that of a flatulent corpse named Manny. When Manny washes ashore on a tiny, isolated island he manages to save the life of sole inhabitant Hank (Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood), thanks to his miraculous bodily functions. Hank rides the gassy corpse off the island and an incredible story of friendship and adventure ensues. Not half as crass as you’d imagine (we will have a review for you son), Swiss Army Man tackles issues of love and loneliness in a film that’s filled with creativity and imagination, along with some of the finest fart jokes ever committed to film.

Before Swiss Army Man washes ashore on April 10th, take a tour through some of the finest farts in movie history…

Shrek (2001)

In the first film of the hugely successful franchise, we’re introduced to unsociable ogre Shrek as he goes about his morning routine: showering in mud, brushing his teeth with bug juice and… catching his breakfast by farting on fish. If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s more gassy action in the sequel as Shrek takes a dip in a pool with girlfriend Princess Fiona. The loved up couple soon have the tepid water transformed into a bubbling Jacuzzi – much to the displeasure of the gagging fairies surrounding them.

Rain Man (1988)

Think fart scenes are too low-brow for Academy Award Best Picture winners? Think again. In Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman, who picked up a Best Actor win for his performance, lets rip in the confined space of a telephone booth much to the annoyance of his irritated brother, Tom Cruise. “I don’t mind it” says Hoffman’s Ray. Tom obviously did.

The Garbage Pail Kids (1987)

Based on the gross-out collectable card series of the same name, this 80s film featured characters with names including Valerie Vomit, Foul Phil, Messie Tessie and… Windy Winston. The unhinged, Hawaiian shirt-wearing Winston has a penchant for public farting, letting loose on an entire audience in one scene. Panned on release for being rude, crude and ugly in every sense of the word, The Garbage Pail Kids has since become known as one of the worst film of all time. A true stinker in every sense of the word.

Amadeus (1984)

Another classic movie featuring a classic fart is Milos Forman’s period drama based on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A musical genius he may be, but the crude Mozart is happy to show he can produce sound even without the aid of an instrument; in one scene he entertains guests at a masquerade ball with a variety of piano tricks before finishing his performance by bending over, flipping up his coat tails and letting rip. I wonder what key it was in?

Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

A favourite of film out-take shows is the scene in Revenge of the Pink Panther where Clouseau (dressed as a gangster) gets in a lift with other gangland bosses, all sizing each other up, and someone is supposed to break wind so that everyone looks round. Only it nearly never got filmed because Peter Sellers kept corpsing at the crucial moment. Well what else are you meant to do but laugh in a situation like that?

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Quite frankly THE funniest fart scene of all time. We all know the effect of beans, that most musical of fruits, and so did legendary funnyman Mel Brooks who mined their windy properties for comedy gold. His classic spoof western Blazing Saddles sees a group of cowboys sitting around a campfire one night, tucking into a big ol’ pot of their favourite grub. It’s not long before one of them lets rip, and the rest soon follow creating a riotous cacophony of wind.

“I think you’ve had enough!”

Lionsgate UK Releases Swiss Army Man on DVD & Blu-ray 10th April, 2017

Images - IMDb and Lionsgate

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