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London Affair (1970)

Twinky (original title)
GP | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1971 (Italy)
A 38-year-old American novelist discovers the difficulties of being married to a 16-year-old British schoolgirl. Br

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Norman Thaddeus Vane (original story), Norman Thaddeus Vane (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Scott Wardman
Orson Bean ... Hal Wardman
Honor Blackman ... Mummy
Michael Craig ... Daddy
Paul Ford ... Mr. Wardman, Scott's Father
Jack Hawkins ... Judge Millington-Draper
Trevor Howard ... Lola's Grandfather
Lionel Jeffries ... Solicitor Mr Creighton
Kay Medford ... Mrs. Wardman, Scott's Mother
Robert Morley ... Judge Roxborough
Susan George ... Twinky
Peggy Aitchison Peggy Aitchison ... Nice Mrs. Finchley
Tony Arpino Tony Arpino ... Mean New York Judge
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... Tight Scottish Clerk
Erik Chitty ... Lawyer's Elderly Client
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Storyline

A middle-aged author of pornographic novels meets and falls in love with a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl. This alone is cause for much concern, but when the couple get married and move to America, the trouble really begins...along with the fun. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Theirs was a forbidden love. (dvd) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The voice of Jack Hawkins, whose larynx was removed in the late 1960s, was provided by Charles Gray (uncredited), who often overdubbed his voice in these later years due to their similarities in speech. See more »

Alternate Versions

To receive an 'A' certificate the UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove some sex references in Twinky's diary and dialogue mentioning the Pagoda Position. The 1989 video featured the same cut cinema version though both later DVD releases were shorter re-edited prints. The 2001 Delta DVD featured the U.S print (known as "Lola") and the 2006 Orbit release (once again titled "Twinky") restored the original cinema cut scenes. See more »

Connections

References Lolita (1962) See more »

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The Lonely Year
Written by Jim Dale
Performed by Jim Dale
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Visually appealing, but insubstantial
2 January 2006 | by jdwaysideSee all my reviews

Well, there's Charles Bronson near his prime and heaps of nice female limbs in this film, so there is that going for it, regardless of your sex or preference, I suppose. There are other visual attractions besides the leads, though - some nice settings and camera work.

The problem is that, whilst the basic plot itself is somewhat plausible, it's just not handled to the depth that it could be. Bronson does a passable job as the writer who tries to be Hubby but ends up feeling more like Daddy half the time, but it is not his best effort by far. He really does better in thrillers like "Telefon". Susan George (as well as most of the actresses playing her friends/peers) comes off as being fairly vacuous, and acts more like she's 11 than 16. Perhaps this is meant to help us share some of Bronson's character's discomfort - but then he married her because she guilts him into it, or he guilts himself? Or what? I'm not buying it. Perhaps if there were some genuine deep chemistry and passion between the two, but I don't get that. The entire relationship comes off more like a long, uncomfortable play-date.

Okay, maybe it's supposed to - but then, what's the point?

And whilst as a male with the typical appreciation for the female form I can't say I really object strenuously to this, but hey - she wears a miniskirt in *every* scene, even in NYC in the wintertime? C'mon...

The soundtrack is also fairly hokey, even given when this film was made, and makes it feel even more contrived.

I gave this film a 6 of 10 because it's pleasant enough entertainment for the I've-no-date-tonight circuit, and because I'm a Bronson fan, but no higher because it really never draws in the viewer, and fails to make any lasting statement or impression.


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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

London Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

Chelsea, London, England, UK See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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