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Young and Willing (1962)

The Wild and the Willing (original title)
University students form relationships and perform pranks with disastrous consequences all round.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Maskell ...
Virginia Chown
Paul Rogers ...
Prof. George Chown
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Josie Stevens
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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
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Edgar Tibbs
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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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Mediocre plot despite accomplished actors
25 December 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Christmas Day 2016 was the first time I saw this film despite my 70 years of age.Was this because British TV networks did not consider this film had enough popular appeal?I enjoyed seeing a young Ian McShane(Lovejoy), Samantha Eggar, John Hurt. Johnny Briggs, (Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street), Jeremy Brett, David Sumner the latter of whom I had not seen since he played Patrick Sullavan in the mid sixties long running t.v.series "The Sullavan Brothers".As to the plot of university students who never seem to do any study but spend their time larking around even finding time to have an affair with a tutor's wife; I found unconvincing.Every undergraduate I have met are kept busy studying their subject, going to tutorials and lectures, writing essays if they are serious using tax payers money, (remember this is 1962 and one could study at University then at the tax payers expense) to fund their study.Even though this was filmed in 1962 which is now 54 years ago, the actors still looked too old!

The script was variable and I awarded this film 6/10 as above average.


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