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Catch Us If You Can [DVD] [1965]

The Dave Clark Five , Barbara Ferris , John Boorman    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: The Dave Clark Five, Barbara Ferris
  • Directors: John Boorman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3T2IK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,169 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Dave Clark Five star in director John Boorman's debut. The band play stuntmen who decide to quit the rat-race for one wild weekend on an island. Meanwhile their agents and the press are on their tails. With Barbara Ferris, Yootha Joyce and David Lodge. Music by the Dave Clark Five.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: At one time, The Dave Clark Five were considered the Beatles' key rivals in international pop stardom, and so, when the Fab Four made a smash at the box office with A Hard Day's Night, Mr. Clark and his partners followed with Catch Us If You Can (also known as Having A Wild Weekend). Dinah (Barbara Ferris) is a famous model and actress who is getting tired of life in the limelight and wants to take a break. While shooting a commercial spot for meat, she meets Steve (Dave Clark), a stuntman. Dinah and Steve hit it off and decide to head to an island to get away from it all (bringing along four of Steve's friends, Mike Smith, Lenny Davidson, Denis West Payton, and Rick Huxley, who -- surprise! -- play music with him). Before long, Dinah is reported missing and everyone is looking for her, making their getaway anything but tranquil. While A Hard Day's Night launched director Richard Lester into international success, Catch Us If You Can was the feature debut for John Boorman, who similarly went on to bigger and better projects. Songs featured include "I Can't Stand It," "Catch Us If You Can," and "Having A Wild Weekend." SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Catch Us If You Can ( Having a Wild Weekend )

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two films in conflict 8 July 2009
Though he wasn't much of a musician (someone in Melody Maker once opined a list of the shortest books in the world would include Lessons in Drumming Technique by Dave Clark) Clark had aspirations to be an actor and this film (scripted by Peter Nichols, better known for his stage work, and the directing debut of John Boormanm) is a sort of road movie-cum-anti-advertising satire bolstered by a cast of interesting character actors. It's got great period charm and, as other reviewers have said, it stands up very well - it's certainly streets ahead of many other low budget pop movies.

That said, you can see that there are two films in conflict with each other here: a wacky one with the group zooming around in a fun jeep (the film was called Wild Weekend in the US) following Clark and his girlfriend, versus a more reflective account of the emptiness of various values - beatniks, aristos, the advertising world etc. The remaining four group members are pretty redundant here except when the hero, seeing the model for what she is, is once more united with them at the end. So there aren't really personae fashioned for the group, as Owen famously did with the Beatles in Hard Day's Night: for better or worse, this is definitely a starring vehicle for one Dave Clark. On the subject of Clark's acting I'm undecided: whether he is playing "saturnine" as the more complimentary reviews have it or whether (as Alun Owen was supposed to have done for the Beatles) Peter Nichols fashioned his script around the perceived limitations of the performer, I don't know.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumping great movie 1 Aug 2007
At last, Catch Us if You Can available on DVD!
This wonderful film is John Boorman's first movie. It has a heavily documentary feel, as Dave Clark and a girl - followed by the group - escape commercial London and travel across the wintry wastes of Britain pursued by the advertising company who wants the girl back for their Meat for Go campaign. The film ends at the derelict hotel on Burgh Island.
Manny Wynn's photography is wonderfully atmospheric, and the stylish filmmaking that made Point Blank such a classic is evident here.
Peter Nichols wrote the screenplay and was not a little miffed when his friend Charles Wood revealed he'd got the job to script Help!, leaving Nichols with the Dave Clark Five. However, Help! has not aged well and, despite the Beatles' music, its sub-Goonish plot and humour is embarrassing.
Catch Us If You Can has fared a great deal better. It punctures the swinging 60s myth before it really got going, and as a film about lost dreams and hopes its bitter-sweet melancholy is very touching.
Ronald Lacey is superb as a stoned hippy living in a squat on Salisbury Plain (this film is 1965) and Robin Bailey (a great and underrated actor) and Yootha Joyce (much missed) are hilarious as a swinging couple in Bath. Dave Clark does his best to play the moody hero, but only ends up as a bit stilted, although this adds to his sulky charm. Luckily, Barbara Ferris adds much-needed vivacity to their scenes.
The film's ironic message is that some dreams won't come true. However, 40 years after it was made Peter Nichols should be pleased that his screenplay has lasted so well. Charles Wood later redeemed himself with the screenplay for The Charge of the Light Brigade, and several careful hoteliers have saved Burgh Island from destruction.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Sixties Pop Film 27 May 2007
By Gary H
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When you think of sixties pop films you normally think of the Beatles or Elvis, but here is a forgotten classic. John Boorman directs this unusual, downbeat film with sixties faves the Dave Clark Five.
Band leader Dave Clark takes the main role in this tale of a TV stuntman who goes off on an adventure with an unhappy model (Barbara Ferris). Their attempt to escape reality includes odd encounters with homeless people, a swinging couple and the nasty men in suits who track them. Despite what film guides say, this is not a high spirited romp, more a thoughtful film about how business controls the arts, how other lifestyles are available and how empty your dreams can be. It is far more realistic and challenging than the average lightweight pop musical. The locations are striking with Boorman using his flair to capture London, the countryside and the mysterious island in bleak winter time.
Dave Clark is good as the saturnine leading man, a brooding presence really. The rest of his band are reduced to supporting roles and we never see them actually playing as a group. Great songs make up the soundtrack, "When" being the highlight perhaps.
According to legend, Dave Clark retained control of the film choosing both the writer and director. The band's worldwide popularity in this period meant the American backers were happy to let him have his way. Although commercially successful in England, the film fared less well in American where it was renamed "Having A Wild Weekend". A better title to reflect the content might have been "Having A Weird Weekend".
If you fancy a pop film with a difference, then give it a go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
DC5 are great in this one a must for all 60's fans
Published 26 days ago by pegleg
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch Us If You Can
Another nostalgic trip back to the time when music was good. Excellent
Published 1 month ago by Marion Roffey
1.0 out of 5 stars Dated Film
I saw this in the cinema on its original release and quite liked it. However, viewing it now I can only describe it as rubbish!
Published 2 months ago by John B
3.0 out of 5 stars OK nostalgia
It is difficult not to compare this film with the Beatle's Hard Days Night. Neither film has much of a plot, but the Beatles one is less contrived. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. A. Watt
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal film
Just watched this brilliant, brilliant film. Clearly the later "Avengers" and most particularly "The Prisoner" took stylistic references from this film.... Read more
Published 11 months ago by gtanner
1.0 out of 5 stars How to make the swinging 60's dull
I was amazed by how positive the reviews for this film were. Up until now (aged 57 and with a few thousand films watched in that time) the worst movie I'd ever seen was "I will I... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pauncefoot
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
ita a great dvd i seen the film years and when i came across it i had to buy it.
great cast and music
Published 12 months ago by DAVID CASSIN
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd
New condition in its box, a must have if you like this type of film and the era this was made in.
Published 14 months ago by karrie taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment - I didn't get it at all
A disappointment. I guess I expected something on the level of A Hard Day's Night, since the DC5 was a big musical rival of the Beatles in the beginning of the British Invasion in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Al from Brazil
1.0 out of 5 stars technology let down
Was desperately keen to see this again having seen it years ago on TV. A real period piece filmed in and around where I live . Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marlborough
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