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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Jones ... Steven Shorter
... Vanessa Ritchie
Mark London ... Alvin Kirsch
William Job ... Andrew Butler
Max Bacon ... Julie Jordan
... Martin Crossley
... Professor Tatham
Frederick Danner ... Marcus Hooper
Victor Henry ... Freddie K
Arthur Pentelow ... Leo Stanley
Steve Kirby ... Squit
Malcolm Rogers ... Rev. Jeremy Tate
... Miss Crawford
... Timothy Arbutt
... 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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Sarah Miles was offered the role of Vanessa Ritchie. See more »

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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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Hallelujah
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from "The Messiah"
Music by George Frideric Handel
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Alongside the Italian Job, the best British film in the 60's
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Tremendous, thought-provoking film. Not as sinister as Big Brother in Orwell's '1984' but an impressive and lighter look at how certain segments of the establishment can influence society via a mixture of nationalism and religion.

A quality cast with original music and WOW clothes design. A film that deserves to be called a 'classic'.


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