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Rattle of a Simple Man (1964)

When a group of northern soccer fans are down in London for the Cup Final one of their number winds up with a lady of the night. As they talk, the unsophisticated and naive lad starts to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry H. Corbett ...
Mrs. Winthram
Michael Medwin ...
Hugh Futcher ...
Brian Wilde ...
David Saire ...
Barbara Archer ...
Michael Robbins ...
George - Organiser
George Roderick ...
Marie Burke ...
Carole Gray ...
District Nurse
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When a group of northern soccer fans are down in London for the Cup Final one of their number winds up with a lady of the night. As they talk, the unsophisticated and naive lad starts to believe he has found true love. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Broadway's great comedy hit comes to the screen! See more »


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Release Date:

20 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Verführen will gelernt sein...  »

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1.66 : 1
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Edward Woodward played the part on Broadway and the West End, and was also originally signed for the movie. See more »


[Percy is interested in the life of a prostitute]
Percy Winthram: Do you have *normal* meals?
Cyrenne: [sarcastically] No, they give us special food. Extra vitamins, Technicolor pills.
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Innocent days
14 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

The story line is almost irrelevant in this touching tale of two completely unrelated people who, by chance, come together and find that, indeed, opposites do attract.

Harry H.Corbett, literally on the verge of debuting the role of Harold Steptoe, preludes facets of that character in his role as Percy, the "simple" man who turns out to be anything but. Diane Cilento as Cyrenne excels as the world-wise lady of the night who, possibly, craves the stability of a life she's overly quick to deride.

I love this charming little character study - and it includes one of the most poignant lines in the history of movies, hidden away as it is in a film long since forgotten.

"I'm 39. You came along too late" he says to Cyrenne , as he realises the opportunity of a life outwith the confines of the cotton mill and his mother's strings could only ever be a fantasy....or is it? Cue the delightful last scene.

Don't miss this. Do what you have to do to view it.

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