'All the Right Noises' blessing has also been its curse. The controversial plot of an married family man's affair with a 15 year old girl (the film was sold with the eye-catch tagling 'Is 15 1/2 too young for a girl? Is one wife enough for one man?') is a large part of what makes the film so interesting, but the film's bold focus seems to have overshadowed the fact that this is, as much as anything, just a fantastic piece of British Drama. Director Gerry O'Hara's script is superb, and provides a good deal of the chemistry between the good natured and caring, but unfaithful Len (Tom Bell), and the initially naive, alluring Val (Olivia Hussey, in her first performance post-'Romeo and Juliet'). The two starts, though, both put in superb performances; especially Hussey, whose transformation from quietly flirtatious girl, to troubled, desperately-in-love young woman, is an extremely powerful one.
The film's cinematography is also excellent and subtle, often incorporating some superb symbolism, such as the image of the increasing gulf of the sea, between the faces of Len and Val, during a moment when they are more uncertain of one another, than before. Add in the superb soundtrack from '60s songwriter Melanie, which juxtaposes beautifully with the struggles of both Len and Val, and also of Len's loving, but uncertain wife, Joy, and this genuinely has all the makings of a fantastic piece of British cinema. It's very rare I find a film to be essentially without fault, but 'All the Right Places' is such a film. Simply brilliant.