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The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)
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Approved  |   |  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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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 <>

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3 June 1965 (UK)  »

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$364,000 (estimated)

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Donal Donnelly and how much i adore this movie.
20 January 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Having recently discovered this movie i have to say how much i adored it. And my personal reason is because of Donal Donnelly he may not have a big part in the story as he is more the observer of the absurd goings on. He to me is the most unforgettable of the characters. He is like a threat to the arrogant Tolen who treats women like dirt because unlike Colin he is'nt afraid to stand up to him. I love the quirkiness of the movie as i adore the quirkiness of A Hard days night this is similar in my opinion. Its amazing watching this the clothes that Tom wear are back in fashion the fact the actor was older then the other actors does not show considering how youthful looking he is. I love the art deco house the dragging the iron bed along the street scene the going in and out of the doors scene. In fact i can't say a bad thing against this movie you either love it or hate it i personally love it.

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