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S.W.A.L.K. (1971)
"Melody" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  21 April 1971 (UK)
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Two youngsters declare to their parents that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future but as soon as possible. The story is told from the children's point of view.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tracy Hyde ...
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Ornshaw
Colin Barrie ...
Chambers
Billy Franks ...
Burgess
Ashley Knight ...
Stacey
Craig Marriott ...
Dadds
William Vanderpuye ...
O'Leary
Peter Walton ...
Fensham
Camille Davis ...
Muriel
Dawn Hope ...
Maureen
Kay Skinner ...
Peggy
Lesley Roach ...
Rhoda
Sheila Steafel ...
Mrs. Latimer
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Mr. Perkins
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Two youngsters declare to their parents that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future but as soon as possible. The story is told from the children's point of view. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A tender love story for everyone who was ever twelve years old.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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21 April 1971 (UK)  »

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The archway under the railway viaduct where some of the song and dance scenes were filmed was the exact same one where Vic Dakin shot Edgar Lowis in Villain (1971). See more »

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Daniel's cello playing bears no relation to the soundtrack at c.45 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: I've got to dance with her.
Ornshaw: You're mad! What do you want to do that for? She'll only say "Buzz off." She's like that. This whole girl-nonsense is rubbish. Girls are a bunch of snot-nosed little so-and-so's.
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Performed by Richard Hewson Orchestra
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What to say?
15 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

What to say about this gem that has not been said before?

That it was written by Alan Parker, before he was recognized as a world famous screenwriter/director? And that even then, it is a movie that has unjustly remained without being re-released.

No, that's just theory. It is the feelings evoked that matter.

I watched this movie once, as it played in an Argentinian TV channel at a time when there were only 4 TV channels. I probably watched it because of a recommendation from my father, who during my forming years, had gained my respect for introducing me to Spielberg in films such as Close Encounters and Raider of the Lost Ark. My guess is that I was probably about the same age of the main characters when I sat in front of the set.

I remember also the following day at school, as all the boys and girls that had watched it would whisper about it. Girls would probably whisper if it could happen to them, too... if those stupid boys would wise up one day. We boys... we were not willing to admit we had seen and liked a "love" story -- a chick film. As such, we had to make fun of it. But deep down, all of us could tell... we could tell when we looked at each others' eyes that we were lying. That this movie had told perhaps our own story of first love and touched us in a way perhaps no one else had before, in a way we would not forget, we could not forget.

I am 33 now, I grew to work in the TV and film industry both in Argentina and abroad and have watched literally thousands of films since. It is a testament to this film that after watching it only once, I not only remember the film fondly, but that some scenes are still etched in my mind: The Frere Jacques scene as the two main characters talk about how they feel.... a scene that has no dialog, and it is just played with music and visual narration. The farcical view on authority and that funny ending, which could be called a teenage The Graduate.

I have since been looking in vain for a copy of this movie or for the chance to watch it again and again and again.

--- Update: I found it. In Argentina, this movie is now finally being redistributed, by a small private company. Alas, albeit it is on DVD, the copy is not a very good one, with muted colors and a somewhat jittery transfer.


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