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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nancy Jones
... Tolen
... Colin
... Tom
William Dexter ... Dress Shop Owner
... Man in Photo Booth
Margot Thomas ... Female Teacher
... Angry Father
Helen Lennox ... Girl in Photo Booth
Wensley Pithey ... Teacher
Edgar Wreford ... Man in Phone Booth
Frank Sieman ... Surveyor
Bruce Lacey ... Surveyor's Asst.
George Chisholm ... Left Luggage Porter
... Picture Owner
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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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7 July 1965 (France)  »

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The Knack... and How to Get It  »

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$364,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,000,000, 31 January 1970
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The film took only four weeks to shoot. 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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The Knack (End Title)
Written by John Barry
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What the heck is all the fuss?
14 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Reviewers fell all over themselves to praise this film when it came out. I personally tend to be a sucker for good, wild British comedy. I wanted to believe the reviews.

Why did they lie to me?!? Oh, have no doubt that at the time this was wild and crazy and totally unlike just about anything out there. I can see that in the film and I can also see the whole generation gap thing playing itself out in there as well. I see all that was said to be in there, except for great performances and the wacky comedy.

I shall not try to comment on story or plot. This film doesn't even pretend that those elements matter, and they certainly don't if you should happen to see this movie. You're there for the "event" of the film itself. Other than Rita Tushingham's heavenly eyes and lips, there IS no "event" worth hanging around to see.

This is one of those films that should be viewed only in the context of its place in film history. It fails to survive the passage of time on its own merits. It is merely an interesting curiosity from the 60s.

On another, short note, the soundtrack is incredible. It makes the film worth sitting through.


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