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 <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

21 April 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

S.W.A.L.K.  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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(Metrocolor) (Portugal)| (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


None of the children who played Daniel and Melody's classmates had any previous acting experience. They were all pupils at the Archbishop Temple school where all of the school scenes were shot. See more »


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


Headmaster: If you're gallivanting off somewhere you can't be at school. If you can't be at school we can't teach you. And if we can't teach you, you'll end up a bunch of raving imbeciles like the generation above you.
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Referenced in The Virgin Suicides (1999) See more »


Melody Fair
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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