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Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974)

R | | Comedy | 8 November 1974 (USA)
Young Timmy starts as a window cleaner in the little company of his brother. Soon he learns that some female customers expect additional service. Young and curious as he is, he reluctantly ... See full summary »

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Val Guest

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Christopher Wood (screenplay), Val Guest (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Askwith ... Timothy Lea
Anthony Booth ... Sidney Noggett
Sheila White ... Rosie Noggett
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs. Lea
Bill Maynard ... Mr. Lea
Linda Hayden ... Elizabeth Radlett
John Le Mesurier ... Inspector Radlett
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Radlett
Katya Wyeth Katya Wyeth ... Carole
Richard Wattis ... Carole's Father
Melissa Stribling ... Mrs. Villiers
Anita Graham Anita Graham ... Ingrid
Sam Kydd ... 1st Removal Man
Brian Hall ... 2nd Removal Man
Christine Donna Christine Donna ... Lil Lamour
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Storyline

Young Timmy starts as a window cleaner in the little company of his brother. Soon he learns that some female customers expect additional service. Young and curious as he is, he reluctantly accepts the juicy duty. However his heart belongs to Liz, who demands the highest commitment until she lets him go all the way. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Serviced with a smile! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confessioni di un pulitore di finestre See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the most successful British-made film at British box office in 1974. See more »

Goofs

When Sidney is changing the tire on the Mini the hub cap appears and disappears between shots. See more »

Alternate Versions

In order to satisfy the censors of a worldwide market, three versions of this film had to be shot. The 'A' Version was the traditional nude format, the 'B' Version had both male and females wearing underwear, while the 'C' Version (made for South Africa) had fully-clothed sex scenes. The same practice was used for Confessions of a Pop Performer, though the final two sequels - Confessions of a Driving Instructor and Confessions From a Holiday Camp - only required 'A' and 'B' Versions. See more »

Connections

Followed by Confessions of a Pop Performer (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

This is your life Timmy Lea
Words and music by Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook
Arranged by Sam Sklair
Sung by Sue Cheyenne
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Touching despite itself
12 October 2001 | by PobedonostsevSee all my reviews

The case against this movie hardly needs to be restated. Clunking, crass, monotonously unfunny, it's the sort of film that gives sexism a bad name.

And yet, for those who grew up in England in the early 70s, Confessions of A Window Cleaner is horribly evocative. The endless shots of tacky, dismal streets; the unwelcoming, tawdry interiors; the overwhelming sense of an exhausted gene pool; yep, that's what it was like. The film has some of the impact (though none of the accomplishment) of the photographs of Tony Ray-Jones, and promotes a similar melancholy.

Then there's Robin Askwith, who despite the various old troupers is the best thing in the movie. Granted, he wasn't everyone's idea of a sex god, and here he's at the mercy of a dire screenplay, but he gives it everything he's got. Looking and acting younger than his years, and with a cocky animality that no amount of boxy denim can mask, he sums up one particular breed of 70s boy, spunky, clueless, candid, vital, uncrushable. He looks great in his nude scenes, taut and doggy - there are moments of real beauty which belong in a better film. His sheer physical presence makes this awful picture almost worth watching.


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