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John Esmonde (original story & screenplay) and
Bob Larbey (original story & screenplay)
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Mr Hedges takes his class on a field trip, with disastrous consequences. | Add synopsis »
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John Alderton ... Bernard Hedges

Deryck Guyler ... Norman Potter
Noel Howlett ... Mr. Cromwell
Joan Sanderson ... Doris Ewell
Richard Davies ... Mr. Price
Erik Chitty ... Mr. Smith

Patsy Rowlands ... Angela Cutforth
Peter Cleall ... Eric Duffy
Carol Hawkins ... Sharon Eversleigh
Liz Gebhardt ... Maureen Bullock
David Barry ... Frankie Abbott
Peter Denyer ... Dennis Dunstable
Malcolm McFee ... Peter Craven
Aziz Resham ... Feisal
Brinsley Forde ... Wesley
Jill Kerman ... Penny Wheeler

Norman Bird ... Reynolds
Barbara Mitchell ... Mrs. Abbott
Peter Bayliss ... Mr. Dunstable
Eve Pearce ... Mrs. Dunstable
Jack Smethurst ... Bus Driver
Daphne Heard ... Old Gypsy Lady
Nicholas Locise ... Nobbler (as Nicky Locise)
Brenda Cowling ... Mrs. Duffy
Richard Everett ... Malcolm
Hayden Evans ... Parsons
Fred Beauman ... Gypsy (as Frederick Beauman)
Graham Angell ... Kid
Gregory Scott ... Teacher
Jenny Irvine ... Pupil
George Georghiou ... Pupil
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Allen ... Irate Driver in Hillman Imp (uncredited)

Richard Calder ... Pupil (uncredited)
Todd Carty ... Boy in Assembly Wishing to Be Excused (uncredited)
Barbie Denham ... School Girl (uncredited)

Kevin Hudson ... Pupil (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Stuart 
Writing credits
John Esmonde (original story & screenplay) and
Bob Larbey (original story & screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Bates .... executive producer
Leslie Grade .... executive producer
Andrew Mitchell .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Vickers  (as Mike Vickers)
Cinematography by
Wilkie Cooper (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Best 
Casting by
Diana Parry 
Richard Price 
Art Direction by
Denys Pavitt 
Set Decoration by
Helen Thomas 
Makeup Department
Olga Angelinetta .... hair
Alex Garfath .... makeup artist
Production Management
John Wilcox .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pat Kelly .... assistant director
Nicholas Granby .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bill Dennison .... assistant art director (as Bill Bennison)
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... dubbing mixer
Les Hammond .... sound recordist
Colin Miller .... dubbing editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Tom Welford .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Drake .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dora Lloyd .... wardrobe
Music Department
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Sam Fonteyn .... original theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity
Tony Tweedale .... publicist (uncredited)

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100 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Australia:G | Iceland:L | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2004)

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Patsy Rowlands's besotted art/domestic science teacher Miss Cutforth does not feature in the parent TV series.See more »
Continuity: The washing-up bubbles on Frankie's face changes position several times.See more »
Eric Duffy:All right, the experiment has worked with us, but we're just kids. I still maintain we can get more significant results with a mature, intelligent, adult.
Dennis Dunstable:You mean, like one of the teachers?
Eric Duffy:I said *intelligent*, Den!
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
British teen comedy of the early 70s, 3 October 2001
Author: bamptonj from Melbourne

An odd assortment of students from Fenn St. School go to Woodbridge Rural Centre for 2 weeks as part of their 5th Form camp under the guidance of their hapless teacher, Mr Hedges.

There is the token Hells Angel - scared of the dark and armed with his teddy-bear, the obligatory 'tough as nails' leader, the poor boy who has been forced to forge his permission slip in order to go on the camp, and the black prankster, all of whom push their teacher to the limit. The latter for instance provokes trouble for the floundering Mr. Hedges by remarking "he's nice to know the white ones", leading to an economy of laughs over Mr. Hedges supposed white-supremacist, sexist ways - "You make me ashamed to be English/Little Hitler!" which almost costs the love-inept teacher the relationship he strikes at the end of the film.

The Fenn St. Students are pranksters who just keep getting their teacher shot in the neck from just about anybody - the camp owners, the gypsies, the school administration and the boys parents! For instance, upon arriving at the camp he tiredly heads over to the local pub, only to find the kids he had just 'tucked in' indulging in some lagers in the back room! More comedy is assured when the students get into fights and stand-offs with other schools at the camp, most notable of course the grammar school boys. Man, we even a bit of class animosity within this film!

The movie, I found quite funny, though for means of any comparison, I have not seen the original series. The acting was very serviceable for the subject material and because the humor is a bit dated (or not as consistently applied as in most teen movies made today) it would go down well with people of all ages, though I'm sure that at the time it was marketed at teens, for there is of course also a little of that clichéd sexual-tension-between-students-while-at-camp scenario. There are so many off-shoots of comedy that, coupled with the music, I almost expected Sid James to pop in!

The film also possesses a composition of stereotypical opposites that proves more fun. Take the elderly janitor Mr. Potter for instance. Just about to get into a car he pleads with post-war zeal "Let me sir, I've driven tanks sir!". There are the gypsies of course, misunderstood by Mr. Hedges when he approaches them saying "I have come in peace/can I speak to your head Chieftain?" and there is the illiterate underclass father of the boy who forged his parent's signature, who rather than reveal his shortcomings by signing a release form, let's his son stay!

The movie was made in '71 so of course it is resplendent with the odd mini-skirt and garish blue eye-shadow! See it - its good. You've got to love all these British films. The Carry On series, Not Only But Also etc. John Alderton reminds me of Paul McCartney, but that's just by the way.

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