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Take a Girl Like You (1970)

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Young Jenny heads to the South of England to start a new career as a school teacher. Even before she has had a chance to settle in she meets Patrick, one of the local "lads". Within a short... See full summary »

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Jonathan Miller

Writers:

George Melly (screenplay), Kingsley Amis (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Jenny Bunn
Oliver Reed ... Patrick Standish
Noel Harrison ... Julian Ormerod
John Bird John Bird ... Dick Thompson
Sheila Hancock ... Martha Thompson
Aimi MacDonald Aimi MacDonald ... Wendy (as Aimi Macdonald)
Geraldine Sherman Geraldine Sherman ... Anna
Ronald Lacey ... Graham
John Fortune ... Sir Gerald Culthorpe-Jones
Imogen Hassall ... Samantha
Pippa Steel Pippa Steel ... Ted
Penelope Keith ... Tory Lady
Nicholas Courtney ... Panel Chairman
George Woodbridge ... Harry
Jimmy Gardner Jimmy Gardner ... Voter
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Storyline

Young Jenny heads to the South of England to start a new career as a school teacher. Even before she has had a chance to settle in she meets Patrick, one of the local "lads". Within a short time she has her hands full when a number of the local boys take a liking to her. But who will be the lucky one who wins her affections? Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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In this day and age what's a virgin to do?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 December 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Donzela Disse Sim! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Albion Film Corp. (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

This was Noel Harrison's last film until Power (1986) 17 years later. See more »

Quotes

Martha Thompson: My old man made a pass at you yet? Not to worry, he will. Just give him a kick in the crotch.
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References Come Dancing (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

It Takes A Lot of Loving
Music Stanley Myers
Lyric Hal Shaper
Sung by Harmony Grass
[Played during Jenny and Patrick's outdoor walking montage after the election]
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Reading Kingsley Amis's original novel is probably a better option
31 March 2013 | by BOUFSee all my reviews

The opening titles (in funky 1970 font) are accompanied by the Foundations singing the title song, the hook of which sounds a lot like "Fly Me To The Moon" (aka "In Other Words"). If this film were set when Kingsley Amis, the novelist, set it, and when "Fly Me To The Moon" had its first success (mid-1950s) it might work better. Transposing the action to the dog-end of the swinging 60s is an awkward fit for a story about a young woman who comes from the North of England to a dull Southern town, and is determined to cling to her virginity, rings slightly false, but that's not the only problem. It's a curiously lifeless mix of sketch-comedy turns and a soapy boy-meets-girl sequences which never quite gels. Oliver Reed seems to be on automatic, Sheila Hancock is wasted, Noel Harrison is creepy, but Hayley Mills, despite being slightly too old for the central role of the girl is such a positive force, that every time she's on screen she almost saves this plod. She is a brilliant actress and an inspirational human being - at least that's the vibe I get from her performance in this pale adaptation of a very funny novel.


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