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Two youngsters declare to their parents that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future but as soon as possible. The story is told from the children's point of view.

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Waris Hussein

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Alan Parker (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Lester ... Daniel
Tracy Hyde Tracy Hyde ... Melody
Jack Wild ... Ornshaw
Colin Barrie Colin Barrie ... Chambers
Billy Franks Billy Franks ... Burgess
Ashley Knight Ashley Knight ... Stacey
Craig Marriott Craig Marriott ... Dadds
William Vanderpuye William Vanderpuye ... O'Leary
Peter Walton Peter Walton ... Fensham
Camille Davis Camille Davis ... Muriel
Dawn Hope Dawn Hope ... Maureen
Kay Skinner Kay Skinner ... Peggy
Lesley Roach Lesley Roach ... Rhoda
Sheila Steafel ... Mrs Latimer
Kate Williams Kate Williams ... Mrs Perkins
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Two youngsters declare to their parents that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future but as soon as possible. The story is told from the children's point of view. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A tender love story for everyone who was ever twelve years old. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

S.W.A.L.K. See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (Portugal)| Color (Colour by) (Eastman Colour)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

None of the children who played Daniel and Melody's classmates had any previous acting experience. They were all pupils at the Archbishop's Temple school where all of the school scenes were shot. See more »

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Daniel's cello playing bears no relation to the soundtrack at c.45 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Maureen: Do you kiss boys, Muriel?
Muriel: Sometimes, if I like him enough.
Melody: Aren't you frightened?
Muriel: Oh, why should I be frightened? It's quite nice when you get used to it.
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Crazy Credits

Film closes with: Love Melody xx x See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Virgin Suicides (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Spicks and Specks
Written by Barry Gibb
Performed by Richard Hewson Orchestra with Children from Corona School
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Wonderful charmer, love it.
13 October 2003 | by LeroyBrown-2See all my reviews

I first saw this film in the early '80s on WBBM-TV Channel 2 Chicago. They were showing it at 2 AM on a Saturday (insomnia). I was familiar with it because I remember the TV ads from '71, Mark Lester sets his dad's newspaper on fire. A friend of mine saw it at the time and said he loved it. What did he know? he was only 14, I was 10 at the time. Anyway when I finally saw it I had to agree. It was like a magical trip to childhood, or in most of our cases a trip back. Although the movie was shot an ocean away from me, I felt like I was reliving my own childhood; the pain of first love, the joy of finding friendship despite social barrier (Middle class vs. lower class), and the wonder of experiencing the world for the first time without your parents. And of course that wonderful soundtrack, when the Bee Gees sang good songs: "To love somebody" and the sadly forgotten "First of May", not Disco. Also, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young's "Teach Your Children". WBBM used to show this movie about twice a year(They had a rather poor film library), usually at 2 in the morning. But then they got crazy with infomercials and the parent company, CBS, decide to have its own all night news program so 'Melody' virtually disappeared. Sadly I didn't tape the film when I had the chance. I thought I'd just buy a copy, WRONG! Hey! maybe we could get Redford to show it in his Sundance channel. How about it? you overage pretty boy.


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