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School for Unclaimed Girls [DVD]

Madeleine Hinde , Renee Asherson , Robert Hartford-Davis    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Madeleine Hinde, Renee Asherson, Dennis Waterman, Patrick Mower, Faith Brook
  • Directors: Robert Hartford-Davis
  • Producers: Peter Newbrook
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: SlamDunk Media
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X6R8UG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,509 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

While attempting to reach his daughter Nicki (Madeleine Hinde), who is screaming on a merry-go-round, Richard (David Lodge) is crushed to death. Seven years later, Nicki still bears the scars of her father's death and blames herself for it. When Nicki's mother (Renee Asherson) gets into an affair with Harry (Patrick Mower), who is only after her for her money, Nicki gets into a horrific argument with him and, in the struggle, stabs him. Nicki is sent to a remand home where she is persecuted by the other inmates. Eventually, she manages to escape and heads to Oxford to stay with her boyfriend Peter (Dennis Waterman). She soon learns that even he cannot be trusted. Nicki realises that she must turn and face up to her past. Even then, tragedy is close to hand.


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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Bird....classic British exploitation 10 May 2008
By Nonny
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"School for unclaimed girls" is the American title for Robert Hartford Davis' film "The Smashing Bird I Used To Know".

Who is Robert H. Davis? The sleazy director behind films like "The Yellow Teddy Bears", "Corruption", "Incense for the Damned" & "The Fiend"...all unsung British exploitation films.

A dvd release of this film is long overdue, but why the American print? This is a British film, instead of getting the British release with the original title, the dvd bears the US title.

This bare bones release has the US trailer & a few stills...that's it.

Maureen Lipman appeared on "Room 101" & wanted this film put there. Unfair Maureen, because you give an excellent performance & the film really is not that bad. Hartford Davis was one of the few Brits making films in the 70's, his lurid & potent efforts are distinct from Hammer, Amicus or Tigon product & are ripe for rediscovery. Of course they never will be "rediscovered" because Hartford Davis is long dead & his films are deemed too obscure for dvd boxsets.

Robert Hartford Davis made distinctive films, this is one of them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars O dear O dear 28 April 2012
Format:DVD
What can one say about a film that is poorly photographed, badly acted with a poor storyline & a feeble script? Except that this is a film which is poorly photographed, badly acted with a feeble storyline & poor script. The wholly ridiculous story concerns Nicki (Madeline Hinde) who believes she killed her father when he fell off a merry-go-round when she was a little. I just get the feeling you don't believe me. This incident, in all its ridiculous-ness , recurs throughout the movie; a wooden horse's paw stroking her father's head. The wooden horse's performance was better than most of the cast. Fast forward to a depressed teenage Nicki living with her facile & gullible mother. Problem is Mum is sleeping with Harry (Patrick Mower) who is a bounder & a gold digger. After Harry get his hands on Mum's money, it is only a matter of time before he wants to get his hands on Nicki. She greets his unchivalrous advances with a knife which was luckily lying around the living room and was to hand while Harry attempts to rape her. This recurs throughout the movie & somehow becomes linked with Dad's demise. Nicki is sent to a remand home where, we are told, the initiation rites are wrong... very wrong. Just as well movies aren't subject to the Trades Description Act because there were no intitiation rites that I could fathom. However there is a shockingly young Maureen Lipman who is rightly ashamed of her performance in this feeble dull 1960s exploitation yarn. Moreover the remand school is only about a third of the movie.
I bought this from a charity shop for 1.99 but it wasn't worth the 91 minutes of my life I devoted to it. The characters are wooden. The script is timberous. The denounement is ligneous. There is no redeeming feature in this pile of wood chippings.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why? 20 Sep 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Maureen Lipman has gone on record as hating this film. It's badly written, the direction is on par with the smutty sex comedies of the time & the acting is as good as they could get with the script!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing 1 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
A depressing film, was tempted at times to stop watching, very 1960s - good ending.
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