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The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

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A group of young British soldiers billeted in Singapore of the year 1950 dreaming about winning the love of the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major.

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A group of young British soldiers billeted in Singapore of the year 1950 dreaming about winning the love of the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major. Written by Volker Boehm

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Film critic David Pirie said the film was "a mating of Private's Progress (1956) and The Family Way (1966) with bits of Jungle Fighters (1961) thrown in". See more »

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Judge It For What It Is
18 September 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I remember first seeing this as a ten year old in the mid 1970s and being very confused , you see I was under the impression that this was going to be a war film , but was disappointed there wasn`t much fighting in it . I was also utterly confused by the tone of the film as there was bits that I took to be funny but didn`t make me laugh

I did see THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS a couple of more times when I was much older and understood it better , this is a black comedy , a very black one about the exploits of private Briggs a young soldier doing his national service out in Malaya during the state of emergency in the early 1950s and I guess it`s a fairly good indication of what life was like for a great number of young lads inducted into the British army at the time . If the film has a problem being viewed today it`s down to the fact that it`s difficult not to judge it against Vietnam war films like PLATOON ( Both films feature a plot between two sergeants who hate one another ) and FULL METAL JACKET ( Another black comedy dealing with a conflict in the far east ) , but THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS should be judged on its own merits . I found it as an adult both funny and scathing


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