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

G  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Tracy Hyde ...
Colin Barrie ...
Billy Franks ...
Ashley Knight ...
Craig Marriott ...
William Vanderpuye ...
Peter Walton ...
Camille Davis ...
Dawn Hope ...
Kay Skinner ...
Lesley Roach ...
Sheila Steafel ...
Mrs. Latimer
Mr. Perkins


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


They said they were too young to fall in love. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 April 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

S.W.A.L.K.  »

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(Metrocolor) (Portugal)| (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The producers spent several months looking for a young actress to play the title role before casting Tracy Hyde. See more »


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


Melody: [reading from a tombstone] "Fifty years' happiness." How long's fifty years?
Daniel: A hundred and fifty school terms, not including holidays.
Melody: Will you love me that long?
Daniel: [nods affirmative] Mmm-hmmm.
Melody: I don't think you will.
Daniel: Of course. I've loved you a whole week already, haven't I?
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Referenced in Moonrise Kingdom (2012) See more »


Spicks and Specks
Written by Barry Gibb
Performed by Richard Hewson Orchestra with Children from Corona School
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i was fortunate enough to play the part of peggy in this film, it was alan parkers first screenplay and david puttnams first film, i had previously worked with alan on several advertisments and continued to work with him after melody on a few more adverts, i count myself so very lucky to have appeared in alan and davids first big project, i am amazed that this film still has a big following 33 years later, my original vhs copy of melody broke many years ago, but i managed to track down a copy as well as a dvd, i had no idea it was readily available to buy in hongkong,japan, america and even argentina! since checking out the websites for melody/swalk i have been amazed by the wonderful emails sent to me from people all around the world, i would like to thank everybody who has taken time out to enter their comments and feelings etc and to wish everybody a very happy and healthy 2004 kay (nee skinner)

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