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Privilege (1967)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  28 February 1967 (UK)
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Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in... See full summary »

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Paul Jones ...
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Mark London ...
William Job ...
Max Bacon ...
Jeremy Child ...
James Cossins ...
Frederick Danner ...
Marcus Hooper
Victor Henry ...
Freddie K
Arthur Pentelow ...
Leo Stanley
Steve Kirby ...
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Malcolm Rogers ...
Rev. Jeremy Tate
Doreen Mantle ...
Miss Crawford
Michael Graham ...
Timothy Arbutt
Michael Barrington ...
The Bishop of Essex
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Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in Britain loves him. His handlers begin to use his popularity for projects like increasing the consumption of apples after a bumper crop as an aid to farmers. The handlers decide that Steven should support God and Country next. This leads to, among other things, a rock version of "Onward Christian Soldiers," and the inclusion of a Nazi salute to make it clear (to the viewer) how far the British population will be taken for love of God and Country under Steven's guidance. Steven is very plastic in his direction, shifting as his handlers point him toward new projects until he meets Vanessa Ritchie, an artist who makes him look at what's happening. Written by John Vogel {jlvogel@comcast.net}

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british | love | christian | star | apple | See more »

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Behind the screams and headlines are the manipulators...the puppet masters who pull the strings and make the pop scene work. This is the story of "Steve" - pop singer extraordinary who dared to say "I won't conform." See more »

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Sarah Miles was offered the role of Vanessa Ritchie. See more »

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Rev. Jeremy Tate: This black card will be issued to you as you leave the Stadium tonight. On it there are three words.They are simple words but they are vital words. They are words which we must now, all of us, begin using because, since the end of the War, we in Britain have become apathetic, slack, loose in our morality. National cohesion has become unimportant to us! We must fight this. We must. Now, all of us begin to use the words on the card! "We will conform."
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Music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Words by William Blake
Arranged by Edward Elgar
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29 August 1998 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Good movie about a singer whose popularity serves for societal manipulation. The rather timid rock star is part of an effort to control English youth by coercing them into accepting the government line, which is subtly expressed in his lyrics and behavior. The concept of using rock for social control is a bit dated, but try reworking it in the context of modern consumerism: Huge corporations and their musician-sponsors. Why, Madonna and Michael Jackson would never

allow their artistic talents to be used to get people to buy Pepsi, right? The Beatles "Revolution" in a Nike ad is out of the question, true? Janis Joplin's estate wouldn't allow Mercedes-Benz to feature her tune about the car,

correct? We aren't being manipulated by that old time rock and roll, are we? Not even to buy "Like A Rock" Chevy trucks? Paranoid enough? Then you'll enjoy "Privilege".


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