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Permissive (1970)

X | | Drama | 10 February 1972 (USA)
Suzy arrives in London with nowhere to stay. She meets a friend, Fiona, a groupie who has settled into a relationship with Lee, bass player and singer with a rock-band.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Stride ...
Suzy
Gay Singleton ...
Fiona
Gilbert Wynne ...
Jimi
Alan Gorrie ...
Lee (as Allan Gorrie)
Stuart Francis ...
Kip
Mick Travis ...
Mick
Onnie McIntyre ...
Onnie (as Onnie Mair)
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Lacy
Robert Daubigny ...
Pogo (as Robert Daubigney)
Stuart Cowell ...
Rick
Nicola Austin ...
Coral
Nicole Yearne ...
Groupie
Suzy Randall ...
Groupie
Juliet Adams ...
Groupie
Linda Dean ...
Groupie
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Suzy arrives in London with nowhere to stay. She meets a friend, Fiona, a groupie who has settled into a relationship with Lee, bass player and singer with a rock-band.

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The Minstrels and their Mistresses...fast living, free loving, putting out, savage, driving rhythmic music to the pulse of the new generation...See it from the inside screaming out! See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The cult folk band Comus provided the film's opening title theme and other incidental music and songs. See more »

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We Sing
Written and Performed by Alan Gorrie (as Forever More), Onnie McIntyre (as Forever More), Stuart Francis (as Forever More) and Mick Travis (as Forever More)
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Once shocking but now very dated
22 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Made in 1972 and relatively forgotten about since the BFI recently restored it onto Blu-Ray and DVD, Permissive follows the fortunes of a young girl who enters the world of the rock star groupie, back when Britannia was cool and was at the forefront of fashion and music. Suzy (Maggie Stride) arrives in London and meets up with her friend Fiona (the unfortunately named Gay Singleton), who is in a relationship with the hairy-faced Lee (Alan Gorrie), bass player and lead singer of rock band Forever More. She adopts the lifestyle and offers herself for sex to the bands various sleazy members before she is left behind as the group go on tour. On their return, she is eventually accepted and begins to fall into a moral downward spiral.

Perhaps quite shocking in its day, showing plenty of full frontal nudity, drug abuse and generally questionable behaviour, the film now seems extremely mild and somewhat tedious. The acting is especially dubious, mainly from the band members of real-life group Forever More, who although not given much to do, look noticeably uncomfortable delivering their lines. It isn't without good points however – Suzy's decline from wide-eyed innocent into full-blown slut who seems to have no goal other than to have sex with as many people as possible without a second thought of the effect it will have on her friends, is very interesting, and is performed reasonably well by Stride.

Interesting to view as a time-capsule of a time when extreme facial hair was cool and free-love was frowned upon, but as a piece of filmmaking it cannot hide from its low-budget limitations, and the years have had its effect on the film's power.

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