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Gypsy Girl (1965)
"Sky West and Crooked" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  January 1966 (USA)
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A young, lonely, mentaly retarded teenage girl finds solace in burying dead animals after the sudden death of a friend of hers.

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Mrs. White
Laurence Naismith ...
Edwin Dacres
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Rev. Phillip Moss
Pauline Jameson ...
Mrs. Moss
Norman Bird ...
Mr. Cheeseman - undertaker
June Ellis ...
Mrs. Cheeseman
Hamilton Dyce ...
Bill Slim - grave digger
Judith Furse ...
Mrs. Rigby
Anne Blake ...
Mrs. Potts
Jack Bligh ...
Fred Strong
Michael Nightingale ...
Doctor
Wyn Jones ...
Miller
Dafydd Havard ...
Schoolmaster
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Seventeen year old Brydie White is emotionally stunted due to an accidental shooting death with which she was involved when she was an adolescent, the incident which she doesn't remember. Mrs. White, a widow, recluse and alcoholic, still treats her daughter like a child, although she pays her daughter little attention. However, Brydie is physically becoming a young woman. Always fascinated by death, Brydie's new pastime is to bury any dead animal in the local church graveyard. She has convinced all the young children of her small English rural town to do the same, the animal plots complete with grave markers. These animal burials are the last straw for many of the townsfolk, who see Brydie as a menace and bad influence who should be locked away. The vicar, Reverend Phillip Moss, although as perturbed by the animal graves as anyone, does understand Brydie's position more than anyone in the town and wants to do what is best for her. When it looks that Brydie is in some real danger, ... Written by Huggo

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Lovely passages (and lovely Mills and McShane) give it some emotional weight...
20 August 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Sometimes lilting, sometimes puttering British film set in a small, rural village has a precocious lass in her late teens attracting the not-unwanted attentions of a swarthy lad from a nearby gypsy camp; when the girl is reminded of a childhood trauma she had blocked out, she runs off in a panic until the outsiders come to her rescue. Romantic drama does meander and features too much hysteria in the second-half, but there are fine passages of dialogue (and great character names like 'Brydie White'), though the direction by celebrated actor John Mills isn't especially pointed. Mills doesn't have a superlative director's attentive eyes or ears, nor is he helped by the flaccid editing which allows the film's midsection to ramble. Still, the picture has a dreamy ambiance which is rather enveloping, and also a sweet, unforced lead performance by Mills' real-life daughter, Hayley Mills. Hayley cuts back a bit on her penchant for brashness, and she looks and sounds lovely. The same can be said for gypsy Ian McShane, who helps bring out a softer side to Hayley which her popular movies for Walt Disney didn't always showcase. A very unusual little tale, told with careful simplicity and quaintness. **1/2 from ****


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