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Young and Willing (1962)

The Wild and the Willing (original title)
University students form relationships and perform pranks with disastrous consequences all round.

Director:

Ralph Thomas
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Maskell ... Virginia Chown
Paul Rogers ... Prof. George Chown
Ian McShane ... Harry Brown
Samantha Eggar ... Josie Stevens
Katherine Woodville ... Sarah Phillips
David Sumner ... John Agincourt
John Hurt ... Phil Corbett
John Standing ... Arthur
Johnny Briggs ... Dai Hawkins
Johnny Sekka ... Reggie
Jeremy Brett ... Andrew Gilby
Charles Kay ... Edgar Tibbs
John Barrie ... Mr. Corbett
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Corbett
Victor Brooks Victor Brooks ... Fire Chief
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Harry Brown (Ian McShane in his introductory movie role) is a somewhat rough student (the wild) at Kilminster University, who has the ability to win friends, especially the underdogs like Phil (Sir John Hurt in his introductory movie role) who doesn't play "rugger", and can't sink a whole pint of beer, and African student Reggie (Johnny Sekka). He also has a way with the girls (the willing), one of whom is his professor's wife, who likes the students, but also her comfortable life with her boring husband more. After Harry is rebuffed, he takes up the challenge to hang a banner from the dangerously crumbling University tower. The rather weak Phil insists on being part of this escapade. This is a rather interesting movie showing a university of the early 1960s as a melting pot where many different rungs of society meet, and its message is still relevant today. Written by Ian Joyner

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Theatrical movie debut of Sir John Hurt (Phil Corbett). See more »

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Flawed but interesting
10 January 1999 | by Marco_TrevisiolSee all my reviews

This film is well worth a look despite it having some weaknesses that stop it from truly being a memorable film. Strangely, the greatest weakness this film has is its central plotline, that being the affair with Harry Brown and the professor's wife. This comes across as melodramatic and somewhat forced while the rest of the film is realistic and absorbing.


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1963 (Finland) See more »

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