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The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)

The Knack ...and How to Get It (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 3 June 1965 (UK)
In England, the times are a changing: it's mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Tushingham ...
Ray Brooks ...
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William Dexter ...
Dress Shop Owner
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Man in Photo Booth
Margot Thomas ...
Female Teacher
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Angry Father
Helen Lennox ...
Girl in Photo Booth
Wensley Pithey ...
Teacher
Edgar Wreford ...
Man in Phone Booth
Frank Sieman ...
Surveyor
Bruce Lacey ...
Surveyor's Asst.
George Chisholm ...
Left Luggage Porter
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Picture Owner
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In England, the times are a changing: it's mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the sexual revolution. He begs his smooth (and misogynistic) pal Tolen to teach him 'the knack' - how to score with women. Serendipitously, Colin and his new lodger Tom meet up with Nancy while Colin's buying a bed larger than Tolen's. The three hit it off, but their simple fun ends when Tolen meets Nancy. Colin is jealous but impotent, and Tolen both attracts and repels her. She swoons, wonders what happened, and cries 'rape.' Impish serendipity rubs against unsettling ambiguity; Tolen bolts. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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ywca | bed | mods | british new wave | mod | See All (34) »

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3 June 1965 (UK)  »

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$364,000 (estimated)
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Respectively actress and score composer of this film, Jane Birkin and John Barry married the same year of its release. See more »

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Dress Shop Owner: I never thought I'd see so much purity of pattern. Absolute rightness. I must please you, and I think I can. Don't fail me now, because I may never trust myself with a woman again, ever. Try it on. I'm sure, absolutely, I can please you. Show me. Wait for me.
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The Knack (vocal)
Written by John Barry
Performed by The John Barry Orchestra
Sung by Johnny De Little
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youthful British cinema
10 December 2004 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A young and sexually frustrated school teacher rents out a room in his old house to a hip drummer with a motorcycle who is an expert at seduction in the hope of learning how he does it. Crazy editing and a haphazard style make it a challenge for those of us brought up on westerns and film noirs. A youth movie for the 60's with Rita Tushingham who seemed to embody that period of youthful British cinema, with a decidedly British humor and a take on society and sex, all wrapped up in the anarchy of free form movie making. Similar in style to Lester's "Hard Day's Night" but without the Beatles to carry it, this film relies more on the patience of the viewer, as it has a nice little story within the chaos.


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