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Melody (1971)

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.

Director:

Waris Hussein

Writer:

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 (as Craig Marriot)
William Vanderpuye William Vanderpuye ... O'Leary
Peter Walton Peter Walton ... Fensham
Camille Davis Camille Davis ... Muriel (as Camille Davies)
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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Storyline

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 »

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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 »

Goofs

In the headmaster's RE lesson he quotes: 'And Jesus said, "Take up thy bed and walk."' He then asks the class the name of the man addressed and the names of the disciples who were with Jesus at the time. Jesus' quote occurs on two separate occasions (Mark Chap. 2 and John Chap. 5). On neither occasion is the man addressed named, nor is there mention of Jesus being accompanied by any of his disciples. Hence the pupils could not be expected to give a 'correct' answer. 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

References Patton (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Morning of My Life (In The Morning)
Written by Barry Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
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Two requirements for loving this film...
3 October 2000 | by troydarlingSee all my reviews

...You must have once been in love, and you must have once been a child.

I hadn't realized anyone else had seen this film, nor that it had such a similar impact on everybody. I first saw this film when I was a child growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada. It would play on the afternoon "Movie with Gus", some local show that picked up movies in syndication. I may have been 10 or 12 years old. I loved it immediately. I could identify with the pain of both lovers, and the friend. It's such a universal story that it rises above the cultural, class, and period distinctions.

I remember staying up to watch the movie again at 1:00 AM. Then when it was repeated on the weekend. From that point on, I made it a weekly ritual to scan through the television guide to see if Melody was on that week. In those days they must have had a pretty set schedule of syndication because, you could count on the film making the rounds again. But with the rise of cable television and video, the movie vanished from the schedule. (Now you have a hundred channels offering identical content on different timetables.)

Years later I found the film on VHS (literally jumped up and down in the store) and proceeded to rent it repeatedly to show to my friends. Everyone who saw it, even as adults, loved it. I found the soundtrack a few years back as a Japanese import. I've searched for the VHS copy everywhere since. There must have been thousands of VHS copies at one time, which have probably all been dumped. I consider myself a cinephile, but with this I'd accept a tenth-generation copy just to have it again. The beauty of this film is in it's performances.

Alan Parker, who co-wrote Melody, revisited the themes again in his later films, which always seem to include a sub-theme of unrequited love. I wonder to this day if Alan Parker has any fondness for this film, or if he sees it as something of a freshman work.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1971 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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