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Young and Willing (1962)
"The Wild and the Willing" (original title)

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University students form relationships and perform pranks with disastrous consequences all round.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Maskell ...
Virginia Chown
Paul Rogers ...
Prof. George Chown
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Josie Stevens
Katherine Woodville ...
Sarah Phillips
David Sumner ...
John Agincourt
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Phil Corbett
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Arthur
Johnny Briggs ...
Dai Hawkins
Johnny Sekka ...
Reggie
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Andrew Gilby
Charles Kay ...
Edgar Tibbs
John Barrie ...
Mr. Corbett
Megs Jenkins ...
Mrs. Corbett
Victor Brooks ...
Fire Chief
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Harry Brown (Ian McShane in his introductory film role) is a somewhat rough student (the wild) at Kilminster University, who has the ability to win friends, especially the underdogs like Phil (John Hurt) who doesn't play 'rugger' and can't sink a whole pint of beer, and African student Reggie (Johnny Sekka). He also has a way with the girls (the willing), one of whom is his professors wife, who likes the students, but also her comfortable life with her boring husband more. After Harry is rebuffed, he takes up the challenge to hang a banner from the dangerously crumbling University tower. The rather weak Phil insists on being part of this escapade. This is a rather interesting film showing a University of the early 60s as a melting pot where many different rungs of society meet, and its message is still relevant today. Written by Ian Joyner

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30 August 1963 (Finland)  »

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university larks turn sour
3 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ian McShane's debut film has him playing a scholarship university student, Harry Brown, who has a high opinion of himself and comes unstuck by taking too many risks.

As a plot, The Wild and the Willing is dated and a bit forced, but the interest these days is in the cast - top billed are Paul Rogers and the ill-fated Virginia Maskell, but we also have McShane (best known these days for Lovejoy and Deadwood), John Hurt (here not really displaying the qualities he would in The English Civil Servant, The Elephant Man, and 1984), Johnny Briggs (Coronation Street's Mike Baldwin), and Jeremy Brett (probably the screen's best Sherlock Holmes).

So the film is watchable and has interest because of its cast, but it isn't really a classic. If you like the usual story of shenanigans at university with a macabre twist, then you'll probably like this. If not, just enjoy some youthful performances from actors you'll know much better from their later work.


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