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The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

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A group of young British soldiers billeted in Singapore of the year 1950 dreaming about winning the love of the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major.

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John Dexter

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Leslie Thomas (novel), John Hopkins (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynn Redgrave ... Phillipa Raskin
Hywel Bennett ... Brigg
Nigel Davenport ... Sergeant Driscoll
Nigel Patrick ... R.S.M. Raskin
Rachel Kempson ... Mrs. Raskin
Jack Shepherd ... Sergeant Wellbeloved
Michael Gwynn ... Lt. Col. Bromley-Pickering
Tsai Chin ... Juicy Lucy
Christopher Timothy ... Cpl. Brook
Don Hawkins Don Hawkins ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Tasker
Geoffrey Hughes ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Lantry
Roy Holder ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Fenwick
Riggs O'Hara Riggs O'Hara ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Sinclair
Gregory Phillips Gregory Phillips ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Foster
Wayne Sleep Wayne Sleep ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Villiers
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A group of young British soldiers billeted in Singapore of the year 1950 dreaming about winning the love of the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major. Written by Volker Boehm

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Trivia

The movie spawned one sequel, Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977), made and released around eight years later in 1977. See more »

Goofs

During the dance Nigel Davenport (Sgt) addressed Nigel Patrick (Sgt Major) as 'Sir'. As an NCO he would not be addressed as 'Sir'. See more »

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References Kim (1950) See more »

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God Save the King
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Excellent movie
20 July 2006 | by kyuujoSee all my reviews

I saw this film on late-night TV in the 1970's, a few years after doing a tour in Vietnam as a 20-year-old GI in the US Army. Even though it's a different time and a different war, I really thought "The Virgin Soldiers" captured a lot of the feeling of a young, western soldier serving in a confusing, brutal, sometimes even humorous Asian war zone. One of the most realistic things was, these guys were young, like most soldiers in most wars, kind of scared, and having to face the reality of shooting the guy in the other uniform before he shoots you. And I definitely recognized a fair number of the characters, especially the sergeants. War movies often stereotype or simplify the NCO's. In reality, and in this movie, some of them are bullies, some are flat-out cowards, and some are competent, quietly heroic people who do their best to keep their troops alive in the combat zone. War is not a good thing, but how people cope (or don't cope) with it will always be a fascinating topic. I highly recommend this film...wish it was on tape or DVD.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1970 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Девственные солдаты See more »

Filming Locations:

Malaya See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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