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Age of Consent (1969)

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An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an off-shore island to try once more. On the island he rediscovers his ... See full summary »

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Michael Powell

Writers:

Peter Yeldham (screenplay), Norman Lindsay (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Bradley Morahan
Helen Mirren ... Cora
Jack MacGowran ... Nat Kelly
Neva Carr-Glynn Neva Carr-Glynn ... Ma Ryan (as Neva Carr-Glyn)
Andonia Katsaros Andonia Katsaros ... Isabel Marley
Michael Boddy Michael Boddy ... Hendricks
Harold Hopkins ... Ted Farrell
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ... Cooley (as Slim De Grey)
Max Meldrum Max Meldrum ... TV Interviewer
Hudson Faucett Hudson Faucett ... New Yorker (as Hudson Faussett)
Peggy Cass ... His Wife
Eric Reiman Eric Reiman ... An Art Lover
Frank Thring ... Godfrey
Tommy Hanlon Jr. Tommy Hanlon Jr. ... Levi-Strauss (as Tommy Hanlon Jnr.)
Dora Hing Dora Hing ... Receptionist
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An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an off-shore island to try once more. On the island he rediscovers his muse in the form of a young girl. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Filmed on Australia's Great Barrier Reef! See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Norman Lindsay's Age of Consent See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nautilus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In this picture, actor Slim DeGrey played a character called "Cooley" whilst actor Harold Hopkins portrayed a character called Ted Farrell. Around seven years after this film, in the later Australian cinema movie Don's Party (1976) directed by Bruce Beresford and written by David Williamson, Hopkins played a character named "Cooley" from which he became particular renown and famous for. See more »

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The opening title gives Nautilus Productions as producer. Columbia Picture Corporation also appears there. There is no such corporation. The word Picture should be, Pictures. See more »

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Lonsdale ... Godfrey the dog See more »

Alternate Versions

Although initially passed intact with an 'X' the distributors decided to opt for an 'A' certificate for UK cinemas and the film was cut accordingly. The nudity during the opening bedroom scene was removed, as was some suggestive dialogue and shots of the nude Cora posing for Bradley. Video releases were raised to a 15 but featured the same cut print though the 2008 Sony DVD finally saw the film restored and uncut. See more »


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Pleasant surprise
25 January 2009 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A very pleasant surprise. I had expected Michael Powell's last feature to be mediocre at best, with the one selling point of a nude, young Helen Mirren, but it's actually a pretty good movie. Not the director's best, of course, but it's quite sweet and beautiful. James Mason plays an Australian painter who has difficulty perfecting an Australian accent. He flees the city for an island in the Great Barrier Reef, where he can relax and paint. There he meets a 17 year old girl (Mirren in her first film role) who dreams of moving to the big city. He's entranced by her beauty, and agrees to fund her dreams if she'll pose for him, often nude. Despite the lurid title, the film isn't sensationalistic or pornographic. Mason's interest, despite what some of the townsfolk might think, is purely artistic. It's much like the film, actually. You might watch it for the naked lady, but you stick around for the artistry. And Powell's artistry is intact, fully. Besides the enveloping cinematography (not to mention some beautiful underwater photography), you'll find plenty of Archers-esquire touches, like the dog chasing toads out the door. The story is pretty thin, but that's not uncommon amongst Powell's many travelogue films. It's often very funny, especially with Jack MacGowran and Neva Carr-Glynn. Oh yeah, and Helen Mirren, 24, gets naked a lot. That's definitely worth checking out!


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