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The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)

The Knack ...and How to Get It (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 7 July 1965 (France)
Cool and sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naive and awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a... See full summary »

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Cool and sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naive and awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece of it. But when Colin falls for an innocent country girl (Rita Tushingham), its not long before the self-assured Tolen moves in for the kill. Is all fair in love and war, or can Colin get the the knack and beat Tolen at his own game? Written by Noel Kardaris

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$364,000 (estimated)

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$8,000,000, 31 January 1970
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Film debut of Jane Birkin. See more »

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Dress Shop Owner: I never thought I'd see so much purity of pattern. Absolute rightness. I must please you, and I think I can. Don't fail me now, because I may never trust myself with a woman again, ever. Try it on. I'm sure, absolutely, I can please you. Show me. Wait for me.
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Fantastic...May be my favorite film
25 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Richard Lester was the one with the knack...the knack for providing snapshots of Swinging London, and for that we should all be grateful. With The Knack...and How To Get It, Lester builds on his triumph of A Hard Day's Night with a winning cast, dynamic cinematography and a hilarious screenplay.

Michael Crawford carries this film. He is, in short, adorable as the sexually frustrated milquetoast Colin. Another actor may have played Colin as pathetic; Crawford seems to have insight as to Colin's predicament and instead plays him as a well-meaning innocent. Ray Brooks is suitably slimy as skirt-chasing Tolen. Rita Tushingham is the very portrait of a British bird circa 1965, and a fine comedienne at that. My favorite character in the film, though, is Donal Donnelly as Tom. He really serves no ostensible purpose other than comic relief, which he amply provides. His timing is wonderful, especially playing off Ray Brooks.

Lines from the screenplay make me laugh as I think about them, and the various plays on words throughout the film are incredibly clever.

"Skirt is meat." Watch this film and see what I mean.


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