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Looks and Smiles (1981)

Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield, who has, unlike Dickens' Pip, no expectations. Mick lives with his parents... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Green ... Michael 'Mick' Walsh
Carolyn Nicholson ... Karen Lodge
... Alan Wright
Roy Haywood ... Phil
Phil Askham ... Mr. Walsh
Pam Darrell ... Mrs. Walsh
Tracey Goodlad ... Julie
Patti Nicholls ... Mrs. Wright
Cilla Mason ... Mrs. Lodge
Les Hickin ... George
Arthur Davies ... Eric Lodge
Deirdre Costello ... Jenny (as Deidre Costello)
Jackie Shinn ... Gatekeeper
Christine Francis ... Careers Officer
Rita May ... Receptionist
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Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield, who has, unlike Dickens' Pip, no expectations. Mick lives with his parents, works on his motorbike, looks for work, and every two weeks gets his check from the dole. There are no jobs. His best mate Alan joins the army to fix tanks and is sent to Belfast to quell Catholics. At a disco, Mick meets Karen, who works at a shoe shop and lives with her recently-separated mom. Karen misses her dad. She offers Mick emotional stability and a route to adulthood; Alan pitches the army. Does Mick have a future? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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20 January 1983 (Australia)  »

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Erwartungen und Enttäuschungen  »

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When the film premiered at the New York Film Festival, the New York Times gave a generally positive review but complained about the Sheffield dialect used in the film, saying "a great deal of the dialogue remains unintelligible to the American ear". See more »

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