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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

It is what it is

Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile
19 April 2011

This is a late 60's/early 70's example of British "kitchen-sink realism" that began in the late 50's with films like "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" and really continues up into the present day with the films of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach. Strangely, the late 60's/early 70's Swinging London era was an especially fertile period for these films, even though many of them--"Up the Junction", "Deep End", "I Start Counting"--were so provincial and working-class British, you'd never guess that anything extraordinary was happening in London at the time.

For whatever reason (perhaps there was a law?) every appealing young Brit actress of that era seemed to have to make at least one movie where she has a romance with a man old enough to be her father. Judy Geeson got stuck with Rod Steiger in "Three Into Two won't Go" and her younger sister Sally Geeson REALLY got stuck with Norman Wisdom (the UK's answer to Jerry Lewis) in "What's Good for the Goose". Susan George got romantically paired with the somewhat older Michael York in "The Strange Affair" and the much older Charles Bronson in "Twinky". Haley Mills avoided this IN MOVIES, but in real-life married her much older director Roy Boulting. And art actually imitated life for Jane Birkin as she went to France to have an on-screen AND off-screen romance with middle-aged French singer Serg Gainsbourg in "Slogan". This movie was apparently the May-December quota film for Olivia Hussey, the teenage star of Zeffereli's "Romeo and Juliet". It's more believable than most because she's paired with the 30-ish Tom Bell, who's conceivably still youthful and handsome enough to attract the interest of a teenager. And Hussey's character is a very precocious fifteen-going-on-sixteen and from an upper social class. She's an aspiring actress and he's a married theatrical electrician with two kids and an elderly gambling-addict father.

This is one of the most realistic of the British realist films perhaps because nothing really melodramatic ever happens. Unfortunately, that's also makes it rather boring, aside from the excellent performances by leads Hussey and Bell, and to a lesser Judy Carnes as the Bell character's unsuspecting(?)wife. I suppose that might also make it MORE of a male fantasy in that it doesn't necessarily end in divorce, scandal, and a lengthy jail sentence, but there actually isn't much of a sexual element to this either as most of the physical romance occurs off screen. It's not a bad film by any means, but it's one of those films that just kind of is what it is.

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

A good film which grows on me the more times I watch it.

Author: jerbar2004 from United Kingdom
22 April 2010

This film, very much of its time shows London in the early 1970's. Of course now a different world. Note the old fashion Underground ticket machines, and the Black and White Telly in the flat. The location looks very much like Churchill Gardens, Pimlico, with Battersea Power Station in the background. And, plenty of smoking going on, in pubs, and on the tube. The film is strangely sexy in its own way, with the young girl playing along with the much older man, its really a sexual fantasy come true. It is another one of those British low budget film where the low budget adds to rather that take away value. Watch for fun, which is what it is. Good for the BFI for bring to a larger audience on DVD

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A very intriguing story that stops too soon

Author: richievee
18 June 2012

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This was the first film made by lovely teenager Olivia Hussey since the 1968 release of Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" brought richly-deserved accolades. "All the Right Noises" was produced in 1969 and released two years later to generally positive reviews. Tom Bell is quite believable as a married, 32-year-old theatrical electrician, Len, who falls for the precocious charms of a 15-year-old dancer/singer named Val. Judy Carne does well too, as Len's unsuspecting wife, Joy, and director Gerry O'Hara directs with a light touch -- in fact, probably a bit too light for this highly provocative material. I liked the realism of "All the Right Noises" very much but confess to being disappointed by the indeterminate conclusion of O'Hara's script. The ending just sort of trails off under the credits, and we are left to wonder what (if any) consequences accrued. Still, this film is worth seeing, if only to savor the stunning beauty of Olivia Hussey, whom I regard as the most enchanting young actress ever to appear on a motion picture screen.

A fascinating extra is the full, sixteen-minute interview that Bernard Braden made (in October 1967) with the talented stars of "Romeo and Juliet," Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Precious FEW right noises

Author: writers_reign from London, England
22 September 2016

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The BFI of course has plenty to answer for and will, presumably, be handed a hefty tab in the next world but meanwhile there are those who may well enquire legitimately what it thinks it's doing promoting fodder like this on its own label. At best this is a ho-hum effort by a journeyman director and hardly deserving of a booklet to analyse its so what storyline, a staple back in the late sixties/early seventies, and boost its mediocre at best writer/director Gerry O'Hare. About the best that can be said for O'Hara is that at least he isn't Terence Davies, another non-talent the BFI in their wisdom have chosen to deify. The three principals, Judy Carne, Tom Bell, Olivia Hussy, are up in their lines and don't bump into the furniture, which seems to be all O'Hara requires of them.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

All the Right Hussey Noises

Author: morrison-dylan-fan from United Kingdom
13 November 2012

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Taking a look at the IMDb cast listing page for Bob Clark's 1974 Slasher Black Christmas,I suddenly remembered that I had heard about Black Christmas's lead actress Olivia Hussey before,in connection to a title which had been brought out on the BFI's Flipside DVD series.Re- watching a fun doc made by Kim Newman about the BFI Flipside DVD's,I was thrilled to discover,that Hussey had a leading role in a recently "rediscovered" Kitchen Sink Drama.

The plot:

Finding himself numb to the day to day activates of his life,due to most of it being spent either trying to help his dad get out of debt's that he constantly falls into,or spending time with his wife (a wannabe actress) and 2 kids,in a marriage which has seen its spark completely fade from view.

Lighting technician Len Lewin catches a glimpse of a beautiful,new actress called Val.Nervously going up to talk to her,Len finds Val's sweet,cheerful personality completely irresistible,which leads to their relationship quickly blossoming into a full blown romance.Feeling that it is time to "open up" to Val about his wife and children,Len is unexpectedly caught by surprise,when Val tells him that she is only 15 years old…

View on the film:

Inspired by the ending of an affair that he had had with a younger actress in the past,the screenplay by writer/director Gerry O'Hara keeps the character's away from falling into any one dimensional clichés, (such as being a woman hater,or parents who don't care at all about their kids) to instead show people who are decent and well meaning,but struggle to get a grip on any of the whirlwind changes that take place in their lives.

Backed by a wonderful supporting cast that includes the terrific TV Sitcom star Yootha Joyce and future "queen of US Soaps" Lesley Ann- Dawn,Olivia Hussey and Tom Bell both give brilliant performances that compliment each of the character's personality's,with Bell keeping Len Lewin away from simply being a "dirty old man" by giving him an unexpected rugged edge,and also showing Len to be uncomfortable over handling the sudden excitement that has entered his life.

For her fifth role in a TV show/movie,the 17 year old (the film got delayed for 2 years,before it was finally brought out) Olivia Hussey gives a beautifully delicate performance as Val,that along with having a strong,natural chemistry with Tom Bell,also has Hussey give Val a real breezy charm,as she begins to lead Len to hearing all the right noises for the first time in years.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Sound but little fury

Author: Bribaba from United Kingdom
15 August 2012

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The last segment of Gerry O'Hara's social drama trilogy deals with the affair of Len (Tom Bell), a happily married man and Val (Olivia Hussey), a 15-year old schoolgirl. Whereas O'Hara's first film That Kind of Girl displayed a considerable moral zeal, this goes to the other extreme. Len is deceitful on all fronts and even introduces his young friend to the marital bad while his wife (Judy Carne) is away. His indifference to morality is staggering. Normally characters behaving in this manner would be hung drawn and quartered further down the narrative line, but not here. This non-judgemental aspect of the film is refreshing, though it does mean an almost total lack of drama. Everybody's happy, where's the story? Some compensation can be had in the keenly observed period detail and the excellent cast, but Scenes From a Marriage this isn't.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

All the Right Noises

Author: d_m_s from United Kingdom
8 February 2016

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I really enjoyed this obscure British drama. I was surprised to see a young Olivia Hussey playing the fifteen year old girl that the man gets involved with. She was excellent in the role and I have never previously noticed what a good actress she is.

This was a low-key film with a very simple plot and very simple directing style. I love these kind of films when I can find a good one and this was a enjoyable watch with good dialogue, acting and directing and a lovely, old, grainy, gritty film look to it.

It doesn't have a massive amount of re-watch potential but maybe in a good few years I might want to revisit it.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The subject matter has potential, but this film wastes it

Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
6 February 2016

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ALL THE RIGHT NOISES is one in a sub-genre of films in which middle aged men fall for underage girls and embark on torrid affairs with them. This one stars Tom Bell as a family man who falls in love with the timeless beauty of Olivia Hussey, embarking on a relationship that threatens to tear his life apart.

It's a mixed bag of a film, made with effective production values and also some strong acting from the leads. Aside from ROMEO AND JULIET, Hussey has never been more lovely or ethereal, and Bell comes across as remarkably likable given his character's activities. A supporting cast incorporating the likes of Rudolph Walker, Lesley-Anne Down, Charles Lloyd Pack, John Standing, and one time horror starlet Chloe Franks, helps immeasurably.

A pity, then, that the actual storyline of this movie turns out to be more than a little dull. I have to spoil it by saying that the main characters never get caught or found out, which robs the film of drama and interest. In fact, come the end, ALL THE RIGHT NOISES seems to have been something of a waste of time and something of a 'male fantasy' piece. Pete Walker's dramatic version of the subject, HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT, is a huge improvement...

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Author: trimmerb1234 from London
15 December 2016

For some reason the theme of older man and younger girl seems a perennially popular one in French cinema and is usually done - film and relationship - with charm and some believability. The stories of Colette an influence but not entire explanation. In Gigi, the film based on a Colette story, young Leslie Caron is an engaging ingenue. Her ultimate fate is glossed over however her love interest is the older but attractive and ultimate French charmer, Louis Jourdan, someone who could probably win over any girl's mother in his project. UK films on this topic however tends towards a peculiar mixture of moralising and prurience - exploitation under the guise of exploring social issues.

Here the film entirely lacks charm (other than Olivia Hussey's innate kind) or believablility. Tom Bell, as ever, plays a bluff manly man's man, but is neither charmer nor seducer. Perhaps his appearance was fashionable at the time but the over-long all-round facial hair gives him a slightly furtive appearance - a sort of hair-hoody, slightly suggestive of dirty-mac schoolyard-loiterer. His performance seems low key - as if hoping that few people will notice he's in the cast. Olivia Hussey, having just charmed the world with her youngest sweetest prettiest of Juliets, is an odd choice here - more a playground loiterer's fantasy than anything remotely believable. Surely in real life a girl of such extraordinary prettiness would have well known her attractiveness and chosen someone, whatever their age, of equal attraction either of looks, style, manner, education, sophistication or simply very rich? Not a middle-aged codger. The story-line itself is so-so. The casting of Olivia Hussey makes the story ridiculous.

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