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Wild for Kicks (1960)
"Beat Girl" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  20 October 1961 (USA)
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Paul, a divorced architect, marries Nichole, a woman from Paris. His teen daughter Jenny has fallen in with the English beatnik scene and likes to hang out in cave-like clubs to listen to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paul Linden
Noëlle Adam ...
Nichole
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Kenny King
Gillian Hills ...
Adam Faith ...
Dave
Shirley Anne Field ...
Dodo (as Shirley-Anne Field)
Peter McEnery ...
Tony
Claire Gordon ...
Honey
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Plaid Shirt
Michael Kayne ...
Duffle Coat
Anthony Singleton ...
Green Pants
Robert Raglan ...
F.O. Official
Nade Beall ...
Official's Wife
Margot Bryant ...
Martha
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Simon
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Paul, a divorced architect, marries Nichole, a woman from Paris. His teen daughter Jenny has fallen in with the English beatnik scene and likes to hang out in cave-like clubs to listen to jazz and rudimentary rock'n'roll. Jenny takes an immediate dislike to her mother-in-law, who is not that much older than she, and goes out of her way to make life miserable for Nichole. When Jenny discovers that Nichole is a friend of one of the strippers from the dance hall across the street, she investigates and uses Nichole's sordid past to embarrass her father. Meanwhile Jenny attracts the lecherous eye of Kenny, the owner of the dance hall. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Dynamic drama of youth mad about "beat", living for kicks! See more »

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The first UK film to have a soundtrack album. See more »

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[last lines]
Dave: Funny, only squares know where to go.
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It's Legal
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Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Hyam Maccoby
Performed by Shirley Anne Field
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While most of our juvenile delinquent schlock was lame, polished, and not a very accurate portrait of the youth, "Beat Girl" is sleazy, grimy, and all together tough as nails
26 October 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

This could easily beat out any of the weak JD b-flicks being produced in the States at the time. While most of our juvenile delinquent schlock was lame, polished, and not a very accurate portrait of the youth, "Beat Girl" is sleazy, grimy, and all together tough as nails. In other words, just the way I like my exploitation films. First off, I'm shocked at why Gillian Hills didn't become a massive b-movie (if not mainstream) star. She is charismatic and above all one of the sexiest people to ever be caught on camera, its a shame she went on to small roles (her only other really noteworthy part was in "A Clockwork Orange"). Just watching this immediately adds her to my list of greatest cult starlets. It also accurately captures the youth scene at the time and avoids exploiting them.

The greatest thing about this film however are the locations. Featuring a glimpse into vintage Beat clubs and strip joints in the UK, I was fascinated by such an alien culture. Plus, the theme song is memorable and just flat out rocks. Not to mention Christopher Lee is in it! How cool can this movie get? Sure its not a great piece of art, but as far as cult cinema is concerned, it deserves more recognition and should be placed in the echelon of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" or "Detour". On the bad note, the commercial DVD from Mondo Crash is a piece of crap. The image is horrible and there are scenes cut. You'd be much better off grabbing this oldie from Kino Video. (7/10)


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