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London Affair (1970)

Twinky (original title)
A 38 year old American novelist discovers the difficulties of being married to a British 16 year old schoolgirl.

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
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 writer of pornographic novels meets and falls in love with a sixteen year old school girl. This alone is cause for concern but when the couple get married and move to America, the trouble (and fun) really begins. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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

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Drama | Romance | Comedy

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

London Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

Chelsea, London, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Clive Sharp died on August 14th 1969, after the film was completed but before its release. 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 »

Soundtracks

Amen
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It's all for love?
25 March 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Swing right into this undoubtedly silly, but mildly charming light-headed 60's British sex comedy / drama starring the stone-like persona of Charles Bronson and the young scarlet Susan George. Actually it's her long legs that become the centre piece, because most of the time she's fluffing about in miniskirts. The story focuses on a middle-aged American erotica writer, who falls in love with a sixteen year old British school girl. When her family finds out about their relationship, everything is turned upside down. Despite that they eventually marry in Scotland (since the law there allows it), and then head to America, but this is when their relationship is put to the test.

Now the subject matter here is risky, but the whimsical script and Richard Donner's peachy direction makes light of it, by having fun at its expense. So if anyone is looking for something raunchy, and perverted. Look elsewhere. Susan George brings a playful innocence to her role (maybe too much for a 16 year-old?), but on the other side of the coin Bronson's casually brooding performance is a hard one to make out. The chemistry between the two is terribly spotty. A glowing support cast are nothing more than nutty inclusions. Honor Blackman, Michael Craig and especially Trevor Howard are great fun to watch as Lola's family. In lesser but worthwhile turns are Lionel Jefferies, Jack Hawkins and Robert Morley.

After a quirky, and spirited pop-like first-half where the story amusingly moves back and forth between Twinky's parents, and her confronting Scott about her parents knowing. Then the film changes when it reaches America. Becoming quite glum, laboured and fairly straight (well just say not as kooky). The relationship begins to crumble, but at the beginning it wasn't all that convincing that you wonder how did it last as long as it did. The whole thing feels messy, and so does its message. There's just no depth, or structure to it all to leave an impression. The ending is rather awkward too. Richard Donner does a serviceable job, and includes some fashionable filming techniques (slow-mo, freeze frames, montages), and the jazzy score with plenty of colour and features some bogus theme songs.


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