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Wild for Kicks (1960)

Beat Girl (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 October 1961 (USA)
An impetuous teenage girl, resentful of her father's new wife, tries to wreck the marriage regardless of the consequences.

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Dail Ambler (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Farrar ... Paul Linden
Noëlle Adam ... Nichole (as Noelle Adam)
Christopher Lee ... Kenny
Gillian Hills ... Jennifer Linden
Adam Faith ... Dave
Shirley Anne Field ... Dodo (as Shirley-Ann Field)
Peter McEnery ... Tony
Claire Gordon ... Honey
Oliver Reed ... Plaid Shirt
Michael Kayne Michael Kayne ... Duffle Coat
Anthony Singleton Anthony Singleton ... Green Pants
Robert Raglan ... F.O. Official
Nade Beall Nade Beall ... Official's Wife
Margot Bryant Margot Bryant ... Martha
Nigel Green ... Simon
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Storyline

Paul, a divorced architect, marries Nichole, a woman from Paris. His teen daughter Jenny has fallen in with the English beatnik scene and likes to hang out in cave-like clubs to listen to jazz and rudimentary rock'n'roll. Jenny takes an immediate dislike to her step mother, who is not that much older than she, and goes out of her way to make life miserable for Nichole. When Jenny discovers that Nichole is a friend of one of the strippers from the dance hall across the street, she investigates and uses Nichole's sordid past to embarrass her father. Meanwhile Jenny attracts the lecherous eye of Kenny, the owner of the dance hall. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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SEE: Drag race---'Go Man--Go like a race track---Voom!' See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild for Kicks See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: Any similarity between any character depicted in this film and any person living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer: Love? That's the gimmick that makes sex respectable, isn't it!
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was described by the BBFC as "the product of squalid and illiterate minds" and the film suffered extensive cuts to all striptease/dancing sequences and the scene where the teenage gang lies on a railway line. Later UK releases and TV showings were fully restored and uncut. See more »


Soundtracks

Made You
(uncredited)
Music by John Barry
Lyrics By Trevor Peacock
Performed by Adam Faith
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Teenage rampage
17 May 2002 | by xmulletSee all my reviews

This film is notable for two early appearances: John Barry's (James Bond) first film score and an early role for Oliver Reed as a teenage reveller. In some ways reminiscent of a pubescent La Dolce Vita, the film succeeds for one reason alone - Gillian Hills makes a truly seductive and formidable she-devil in the form of Jennifer.

Yes, the film is dripping in kitsch value, but one can't help but be absorbed the atmosphere, from the milk bar to the cave party, where English Elvis wannabe Adam Faith curls his lip to the drumming of an upturned guitar. Although before my time, I'm sure life in 1960 was never quite this with it, daddy-o.

It's not the greatest film ever made, but the wonderfully sleazy theme by Barry sets the tone nicely, and it rates as one of the best teenage exploitation movies to come out of the UK.


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