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Permissive (1970)

X | | Drama | 10 February 1972 (USA)
Suzy arrives in London with nowhere to stay and meets Fiona, a group who has settled into a relationship with Lee, a singer/bassist in a rock band.


Lindsay Shonteff




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Stride Maggie Stride ... Suzy
Gay Singleton Gay Singleton ... Fiona
Gilbert Wynne Gilbert Wynne ... Jimi
Alan Gorrie Alan Gorrie ... Lee (as Allan Gorrie)
Stuart Francis Stuart Francis ... Kip
Mick Travis Mick Travis ... Mick
Onnie McIntyre Onnie McIntyre ... Onnie (as Onnie Mair)
Debbie Bowen ... Lacy
Robert Daubigny Robert Daubigny ... Pogo (as Robert Daubigney)
Stuart Cowell Stuart Cowell ... Rick
Nicola Austin Nicola Austin ... Coral
Nicole Yearne Nicole Yearne ... Groupie
Suzy Randall Suzy Randall ... Groupie
Juliet Adams Juliet Adams ... Groupie
Linda Dean Linda Dean ... Groupie


Suzy arrives in London with nowhere to stay and meets Fiona, a groupie who has settled into a relationship with Lee, bassist and singer with the band Forever More. At first Suzy is just one of many girls who follow the groups and make themselves sexually available to musicians and their hangers-on. When the band goes on tour she is left behind. For some time she lives on the streets with Pogo, a gentle hippie drifter who is eventually killed in a road accident. After the accident she meets Fiona again. She becomes accepted as part of Forever More's entourage and develops the glamorous style and hard attitude of an experienced groupie.

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Who's fantasy was this?
10 September 2020 | by johnc-20076See all my reviews

A cautionary tale of Young women following a decidedly average rock band and giving themselves away whenever they can.. I mean lets start with the rock band, these guys are no Jim Morrison or Marc Bolan types, there are more Worzel Gummage lookers with their nicotine stained fingers, who probably smell like a mixture of sweaty socks and rotting sprouts.. they were incredibly plain dull and nauseating, off stage all they seemed to do was walk around in slow motion or sit staring into space and occasionally get it on with one of the young waifs who are strangely queuing up to be with them, goodness knows how they manage to get it up so to speak as they all seem so lifeless and dreary...

The girls don't really seem to know what they want, clearly the band are not that successful in terms of the films story, hence there is no glamour for them to ride on, just a life of long dark motorways, rusty transit vans, being groped by dirty nicotine stained hands and being used then cast aside... as for the busker/preacher character who was shoe horned into the story, the one who lives 'under the stars maaaaan' god that guy was terrible but luckily the segment with him in is only 15 mins or so and of course it goes without saying for a film about groupie girls there is also a very brief lesbian scene tacked into the film before its downbeat climax... I

I wouldn't say this film was truly abysmal, it was after all made in that late 60s / early 70s period with its styles, fashions and morals so was maybe quite shocking and meant to be a gritty piece of realism but now some 50 years on it all seems rather contrived and an opportunity wasted and traded just to show some skin... here we are now in 2020 so I dare say any of the surviving band members are probably sat in some old peoples home, bald and covered head to toe in nicotine patches staring into space as usual... whilst any of the girls are probably all about size 20 with 4 or 5 broken marriages behind them and lecturing their grand daughters about the perils of sleeping around...

Also bearing in mind its 2020, Netflix, amazon prime, even you tube have pretty much killed off home video / dvd... meaning your choices with this film are to try and track it down online or pay £14.99 or whatever the price is for a BFI blu-ray edition... is it worth it? Probably not, the extras might sway it for some people out there but this isn't worth wasting your money on.. that said if you see it cheap somewhere on your travels there are worse things you could buy!


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