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Having a Wild Weekend (1965)

Catch Us If You Can (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Music | 15 July 1965 (UK)
Dinah is a model whose face appears in an ad campaign for meat. While shooting a TV commercial, she and Steve, one of the stunt men, run off together. The advertising executives use their ... See full summary »

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John Boorman

Writer:

Peter Nichols (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Dave Clark Five ... The Dave Clark Five
Barbara Ferris ... Dinah
David Lodge ... Louis
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Guy
Yootha Joyce ... Nan
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Zissell
Clive Swift ... Duffie
Ronald Lacey ... Yeano
Hugh Walters Hugh Walters ... Grey
Michael Gwynn ... Hardingford
Marianne Stone ... Mrs. Vera Stone
Donald Morley ... Barker
Michael Blakemore Michael Blakemore ... Officer
Julian Holloway ... Asst. Director
Edgar Harrison Edgar Harrison ... Barman
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Dinah is a model whose face appears in an ad campaign for meat. While shooting a TV commercial, she and Steve, one of the stunt men, run off together. The advertising executives use their disappearance to generate more publicity for... meat. Written by George S. Davis

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Comedy | Music

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Having a Wild Weekend See more »

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Production Co:

Bruton Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Dave Clark Five made appearances at local theatres to promote the movie. See more »

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References French Dressing (1964) See more »

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Written by Dave Clark and Lenny Davidson
Played by The Dave Clark Five
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the bewildered look of passers by
11 September 2008 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Richard Lester directed, 'A Hard Day's Night'. which came out the year before this Boorman classic and has cast a heavy shadow over it ever since its release. The fact that 'Catch Us If You Can' is a better movie matters not for, Dave Clark Five were not The Beatles. The whole look of the Boorman film is great, properly anticipating the changes in architecture and advertising and the spot on script by Peter Nichols, is faultless. We see the 'kids' gambolling about like clowns or tearing about in their mini-moke or jaguar cars, but always noticing in the background, at the end of the street, along the pavements, the bewildered look of passers by. Straight out of the fifties, with their hats and scarves and overcoats, properly reflecting that whilst the youngsters were pushing for something/anything in the early 60s, for the adult population, even of London, it was all more than a little strange, something from another world, that will soon go away. I remember liking this upon its original release and whilst connecting with it and considering it an exciting first film from a new director, it did seem a shame the songs weren't better and it was far from cool to admit any liking for Dave Clark and his 'bang bang' drumming. So the film has been ignored, which is sad, because now were both films played side by side, the Beatles film music probably wouldn't seem that much better. Another shame for me is that the lovely Barbara Ferris seemed to go down with the film too, here she has a lot of work to do playing off Mr Clark, who carries himself well enough but knows his limitations. See this film for its excellent picture of UK c.1964/5 and for the sheer joie de vivre and the marvellous free flowing cinematography.


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