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The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)
"The Knack ...and How to Get It" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  3 June 1965 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Tushingham ...
Nancy Jones
Ray Brooks ...
Tolen
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Colin
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Tom
William Dexter ...
Dress Shop Owner
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Man in Photo Booth
Margot Thomas ...
Female Teacher
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Helen Lennox ...
Girl in Photo Booth
Wensley Pithey ...
Teacher
Edgar Wreford ...
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Frank Sieman ...
Surveyor
Bruce Lacey ...
Surveyor's Asst.
George Chisholm ...
Left Luggage Porter
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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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Ray Brooks rides a 200cc Ariel Arrow with aftermarket "ape hanger" handlebars. See more »

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Tolen: [suspicious] Are you a homosexual?
Tom: No. Thanks all the same.
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The Knack (vocal)
Written by John Barry
Sung by Johnny De Little
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marvelous persiflage of the 19-Sixties
12 October 2012 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'The knack (or how to get it)' makes a marvelous persiflage of the 19-Sixties and everything the era stands for.

It's all there: the generation gap with the people over forty, the urge to live your life differently than your parents do, the idealization of sex, and the then revolutionary new forms of art.

An extra dimension is added by the magnificent acting of Rita Tushingham, representing a sober & realistic look on life from the countryside.

However, I estimate that knowledge about the 19-Sixties is necessary to enjoy 'the knack' to the full. For those who haven't, this film must be meaningless and even boring -- having faded away by the passing of time already a long time ago.


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