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The Optimists of Nine Elms (1973)

PG | | Drama | 18 October 1973 (USA)
A retired entertainer makes his living as a street musician on the streets of London. Two young children befriend the old musician, brightening his otherwise colorless life.

Director:

Anthony Simmons

Writers:

Anthony Simmons (novel), Tudor Gates (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Sam
Donna Mullane Donna Mullane ... Liz
John Chaffey John Chaffey ... Mark
David Daker ... Bob Ellis
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ... Chrissie Ellis
Katyana Kass Katyana Kass ... Baby Ellis
Patricia Brake ... Dog's Home Secretary
Don Crown Don Crown ... Busker
Bruce Purchase Bruce Purchase ... Policeman
Michael Graham Cox Michael Graham Cox ... Park Keeper
Bernie Searle Bernie Searle ... Dustman
Tommy Wright Tommy Wright ... Dustman
Pat Beckett Pat Beckett ... Laundry Lady
Daphne Lawson Daphne Lawson ... Laundry Lady
Candyce Jane Brandl Candyce Jane Brandl ... Laundry Lady
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A retired entertainer makes his living as a street musician on the streets of London. Two young children befriend the old musician, brightening his otherwise colorless life.

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A magical, musical, heartwarming story of friendship and courage. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Optimists See more »

Filming Locations:

Battersea, London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After Keaton, John Mills and then Danny Kaye were considered for the central role before Peter Sellers expressed an interest in the project. See more »

Goofs

Sam visits the inside of Chelsea Football Club, but the outside of Fulham Football Club (note the graffiti and the park, which is next to FFC). See more »

Quotes

Sam: Inside your head you can build...
Mark: A skyscraper
Sam: Aye... a palace. A what?
Mark: An apple.
Sam: An orange.
Mark: A steamboat.
Sam: The lot. If you think with your eyeballs and forget all that rot from teachers and fathers and mothers and cops. That is *private*. It's *yours*.
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A simple tale of childhood, growing and tough city life
6 June 2005 | by rjandtacarrollSee all my reviews

It's been several years since I saw The Optimists and then only the once. But the movie stands out in my memory as one of the very best I've seen and remembered. I like Peter Sellers in any movie and this is one of his best works. The story is so typical of the era and it presents the gritty real life of the time, much like my own childhood. The tale is very much in the vein of Kes, another real life drama of equal merit, which was made around the same time and reflects the same childhood era. I'd like to see it again and own a copy of the film myself. If there is anyone with a copy or knows where I may obtain a copy, it would be very much appreciated.


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