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S.W.A.L.K. (1971)

Melody (original title)
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 ...
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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They said they were too young to fall in love. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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21 April 1971 (UK)  »

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S.W.A.L.K.  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Metrocolor) (Portugal)| (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Parker spent several months visiting schools in London and tape recording conversations with the children about their experiences and thoughts before writing the script. According to David Puttnam, " ...large chunks of the film were lifted directly from the childrens ideas" See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Maureen: Do you kiss boys, Muriel?
Muriel: Sometimes, if I like him enough.
Melody: Aren't you frightened?
Muriel: Oh, why should I be frightened? It's quite nice when you get used to it.
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Connections

Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Your Best
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
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Wonderful charmer, love it.
13 October 2003 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film in the early '80s on WBBM-TV Channel 2 Chicago. They were showing it at 2 AM on a Saturday (insomnia). I was familiar with it because I remember the TV ads from '71, Mark Lester sets his dad's newspaper on fire. A friend of mine saw it at the time and said he loved it. What did he know? he was only 14, I was 10 at the time. Anyway when I finally saw it I had to agree. It was like a magical trip to childhood, or in most of our cases a trip back. Although the movie was shot an ocean away from me, I felt like I was reliving my own childhood; the pain of first love, the joy of finding friendship despite social barrier (Middle class vs. lower class), and the wonder of experiencing the world for the first time without your parents. And of course that wonderful soundtrack, when the Bee Gees sang good songs: "To love somebody" and the sadly forgotten "First of May", not Disco. Also, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young's "Teach Your Children". WBBM used to show this movie about twice a year(They had a rather poor film library), usually at 2 in the morning. But then they got crazy with infomercials and the parent company, CBS, decide to have its own all night news program so 'Melody' virtually disappeared. Sadly I didn't tape the film when I had the chance. I thought I'd just buy a copy, WRONG! Hey! maybe we could get Redford to show it in his Sundance channel. How about it? you overage pretty boy.


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