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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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Harry H. Corbett ...
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Mrs. Winthram
Michael Medwin ...
Ginger
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Chalky
Hugh Futcher ...
Ozzie
Brian Wilde ...
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David Saire ...
Mario
Barbara Archer ...
Iris
Michael Robbins ...
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George Roderick ...
Papa
Marie Burke ...
Mama
Carole Gray ...
District Nurse
John Ronane ...
Willie
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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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20 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Verführen will gelernt sein...  »

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Peter Sellers was originally sought for the main role but was passed over when he demanded an unjustifiable fee. See more »

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[Percy is telling Cyrenne about his lack of success with women]
Percy Winthram: Everything goes fine until near the end. Then it's always the same: that same long agonising walk back to their gate. Truly agonising - believe me. Talk about a dumb-bell: it's got blood compared to me. I worry about this goodnight kissing all the way to the gate.
Cyrenne: Well, can't it wait until the *next* night?
Percy Winthram: I'm afraid not. I don't get a return match. Minf you, I've done plenty of ordinary kissing - at parties and... well, just at ...
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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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