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The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

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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Phillipa Raskin
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Nigel Patrick ...
R.S.M. Raskin
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Mrs. Raskin
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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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16 April 1970 (Australia)  »

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When extras playing soldiers in the film trudged into Pinewood Lake on the studio's lot, they bumped into submerged cans of priceless British films from the 30s. The nitrate copies of these films was considered too unstable to be stored in crowded London during the Blitz, so they were stored in the more rural Pinewood Studios. The decomposing, dangerously flammable film was ultimately consigned to the lake as those in charge could not imagine their future value in the home entertainment industry. See more »

Goofs

During the dance Nigel Davenport (Sgt) addressed Nigel Patrick (Sgt Major) as 'Sir'. As an NCO he would not be addressed as 'Sir'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Diary of a Rape (1971) 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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