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The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

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

Writers:

Leslie Thomas (novel), John Hopkins (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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Sooner or later they're going to get it! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1970 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Bakir askerler See more »

Filming Locations:

Malaya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

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

According to the February 1970 edition of "Movie News" magazine (Australia), "Each separate location in Malaya was heavily guarded by the local police. They were particularly concerned about the rifles used in the film which were carefully checked in and out each night at the local jail. An official explained: "There are still outbreaks on the Northern borders and we take every precaution against it spreading". In fact, producers Leslie Gilliat and Ned Sherrin had to personally vouch for the gunpowder required for one scene". See more »

Goofs

The RSM (Regimental Sargeant Major) is an appointment held by warrant officers class 1 (WO1) in the British Army, he would have been addressed as Sir.... similar to Warrant Officers in the RAF....still classed as a SNCO and would be addressed as Sir. (in the RAF we addressed Chief Technician's as Chief and Flight Sargeant's as Flight) See more »

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Referenced in Diary of a Rape (1971) See more »

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God Save the King
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Typical X movie from 1969
8 April 2015 | by norwell-servicesSee all my reviews

I am just watching this again, only for the second time, since I first saw it in 1970 as a fresh faced 18 year old. It's on Movies 4 Men, which says something I think. It's amazing how many famous face are here. Hywel Bennett is the star in this movie. He was big in the 60's. The story covers the antics of young men doing their national service out in Singapore, with all of the angst that young men have about their sexuality and life in general. The soldiers are not front line infantry but clerks. Warren Clerk and Christepher Timothy stand out. Disgruntled NCO's and snotty officers are part of the background. It's not a great film but it's well made and interesting. I give it 7/10 because of the memories of sitting in a cinema and being able to smoke a cigarette with normal people. Never see those days again ....


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