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Privilege (1967)

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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 »

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Peter Watkins

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Jones Paul Jones ... Steven Shorter
Jean Shrimpton ... Vanessa Ritchie
Mark London Mark London ... Alvin Kirsch
William Job William Job ... Andrew Butler
Max Bacon Max Bacon ... Julie Jordan
Jeremy Child ... Martin Crossley
James Cossins ... Professor Tatham
Frederick Danner Frederick Danner ... Marcus Hooper
Victor Henry Victor Henry ... Freddie K
Arthur Pentelow Arthur Pentelow ... Leo Stanley
Steve Kirby Steve Kirby ... Squit
Malcolm Rogers Malcolm Rogers ... Rev. Jeremy Tate
Doreen Mantle ... Miss Crawford
Michael Graham ... Timothy Arbutt
Michael Barrington ... The Bishop of Essex
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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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Behind the screams and headlines are the manipulators...the puppet masters who pull the strings and make the pop scene work. This is the story of "Steve" - pop singer extraordinary who dared to say "I won't conform." See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Privileg See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Imperial Echoes
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Music by Arnold Safroni
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Seems (with the benefit of hindsight..) it was a prophetic film
4 April 2004 | by feelthethunderSee all my reviews

Corporate ownership of a rock star...hmm..Singing the message his corporate masters want him to sing...hmmm...Using pop songs to manipulate the ideas and thoughts of youth in the mold that is 'desirable' by 'those in charge'...hmmm Naw, it'd never happen!! Turns out this film was pre Beatles Apple (empire) and it turned out the idea was somewhat 'prophetic' I liked the film..I remember seeing it several times..bought the book, own two copies of the soundtrack. (bought the Who's 'Who Sell Out' the same day...) Neither Paul Jones and Jean Shrimpton were particularly brilliant actors, but they were able to convey the feelings of the time. The late Michael Leanders music is still enjoyable and interesting..check out the film's version of 'Onward Christian Soldiers' Overall, I would like to see this film again!


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