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Privilege (1967)

Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Watkins

Writers:

Norman Bogner, Johnny Speight (from an original story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Jones Paul Jones ... Steven Shorter
Jean Shrimpton ... Vanessa
Mark London Mark London ... Alvin
William Job William Job ... Butler
Max Bacon Max Bacon ... Julie
Jeremy Child ... Crossley
James Cossins ... Tatham
Frederick Danner Frederick Danner ... Hooper
Victor Henry Victor Henry ... Freddie K
Arthur Pentelow Arthur Pentelow ... Leo Stanley
Steve Kirby Steve Kirby ... Squit
Malcolm Rogers Malcolm Rogers ... Rev. Tate
Doreen Mantle ... Miss Crawford
Michael Graham ... TV Director
Michael Barrington ... The Bishop of Essex
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Storyline

Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in Britain loves him. His handlers begin to use his popularity for projects like increasing the consumption of apples after a bumper crop as an aid to farmers. The handlers decide that Steven should support God and Country next. This leads to, among other things, a rock version of "Onward Christian Soldiers," and the inclusion of a Nazi salute to make it clear (to the viewer) how far the British population will be taken for love of God and Country under Steven's guidance. Steven is very plastic in his direction, shifting as his handlers point him toward new projects until he meets Vanessa Ritchie, an artist who makes him look at what's happening. Written by John Vogel {jlvogel@comcast.net}

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Eric Burdon claimed that he had been cast as Steve Shorter at the time. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Jeremy Tate: This black card will be issued to you as you leave the Stadium tonight. On it there are three words.They are simple words but they are vital words. They are words which we must now, all of us, begin using because, since the end of the War, we in Britain have become apathetic, slack, loose in our morality. National cohesion has become unimportant to us! We must fight this. We must. Now, all of us begin to use the words on the card! "We will conform."
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Connections

References Triumph of the Will (1935) See more »

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Music by W.J. Newstead
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It's only rock 'n' roll
5 April 2002 | by Mr RobotoSee all my reviews

Vivid, effective mockumentary about a wildly popular rock star whom the Powers that Be are trying to turn into a tool of the state. As a political document, PRIVILEGE is about as subtle as a brick thrown through a window, but it's still very well-made and will likely stick in your memory. Visually compelling, with a pretty good soundtrack. It's also a rare opportunity to see '60s fashion plate Jean Shrimpton on the big screen.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1967 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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