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The Boy Friend (1971)

When the leading lady of a low-budget musical revue sprains her ankle, the assistant stage manager is forced to understudy and perform in her place, becoming a star and finding love in the process.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Christopher Gable ...
Tony
Max Adrian ...
Max
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Percy
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Alphonse
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Mme. Dubonnet
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Fay
Sally Bryant ...
Nancy
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De Thrill
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Tommy
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Peter
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Michael
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Maisie
Caryl Little ...
Dulcie
Anne Jameson ...
Mrs. Peter (as Ann Jameson)
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Storyline

The assistant stage manager of a small-time theatrical company (Polly Browne) is forced to understudy for the leading lady (Rita) at a matinée performance at which an illustrious Hollywood director (Cecil B. DeThrill) is in the audience scouting for actors to be in his latest "all-talking, all-dancing, all-singing" extravaganza. Polly also happens to fall in love with the leading man (Tony) and imagines several fabulous fantasy sequences in which the director is free to exercise his capacity for over-the-top visuals in this charming 1920's era flick. Written by Bliss Blood <soundex@sccsi.com>

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25 February 1972 (Ireland)  »

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The Boyfriend  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Though much more lighthearted than most of his films, according to Ken Russell, this was the most difficult film he ever made. See more »

Quotes

Max: Now, girls, I want you all to do your best and tell the boys I haven't time. Tell them to dance like Nijinsky!
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Ken Russell's Talking Picture See more »

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References Dames (1934) See more »

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Intermission
Music by Sandy Wilson
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Pop Spectacular and a Lot of Fun
19 September 2003 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Never understand why this movie is now so neglected. Came out the same year as that corny bit of tinsel, Cabaret, which got all the awards and launched the drippy Liza Minnelli. The Boyfriend was bright, brittle and awfully stylish, beautiful kids, nuanced character work and the angelic Twiggy. A shame this is not on DVD


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