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  • Actors: Kenneth More, Ray Brooks, Annika Wills, David Hemmings, Harry H. Corbett
  • Directors: Clive Donner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B830P5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,453 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A lively musical tale of teen rebellion, Some People stars BAFTA winner Kenneth More alongside a group of young actors on the cusp of bursting onto the Swinging London film scene. Ray Brooks, Annika (Anneke) Wills and David Hemmings play the young, bored rebels "living for kicks" in this key British film from the early 1960s. Some People is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Young and bored, Johnnie, Bill and Bert are teenaged tearaways whose only interests are motorbikes and rock music. When they are banned from riding and fined heavily, they become convinced that society has no use for them. But a choirmaster finds them playing rock on a church organ and, for some of them at least, there seems to be a way out of a no-hope situation...

SPECIAL FEATURES
[] Full-frame 4:3, as-filmed version of main feature
[] Original theatrical trailer
[] Image gallery
[] Press book PDF

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By King Ludwig on 5 Jun. 2013
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Some People is a British colour production from 1962. The story has three strands. Firstly, the picture is a rock n' roll musical featuring three popular songs - Some People - Yes You Did - Too Late - and a twangy instrumental - Bristol Express.Singing was provided by local Bristol girl Valerie Mountain and the background music by the technically excellent, and underrated Eagles (not to be confused with the much later American supergroup with the same name).. Sadly - they get no apparent acknowledgement in the credits and they do not appear on screen. However, Angela Douglas does a super job lip synching the songs and the EP of the film soundtrack charted for some weeks in 1962. Secondly, the film is a fairly tame account of "rebellious youth" - Ray Brooks, David Hemmings and David Andrews - into 'alienation' - a bit of mayhem - motor bikes, music, black leather jackets and - girls! Angela Douglas and Anneke Wills play the girls and both give spirited performances. Thirdly, the movie is modest propaganda for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme - very big deal at the time. The guys and their girls are introduced to the scheme to get them "back on the right road" by a genial choirmaster - played by Kenneth More (whose stellar movie star status of the 50s was in steep decline by the time he appeared in this picture). He was hardly called upon to act which is just as well because he failed to! Instead he opted to amble amiably through the picture, smoking a pipe, wearing a 'reassuringly middle class' fifties fleece coat, and with a few lines of pap dialogue to utter and a bit of homespun philosophy to share. More apparently gave his services free to the producers as he is quoted in the title credits as "believing"in the DOEAS. Good for him.Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 29 May 2013
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I bought this after being reminded of it by hearing Valerie Mountain sing the title song on Radio 2. It appealed because I am of similar vintage to the film and I have lived in Bristol for over 25 years.
On viewing it I realised that not only had I seen it back in the day but the church hall featured in the film was just around the corner!
It was made as a vehicle to promote the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme so it's a bit patronising in places but as a snapshot of life as a teenager back then it was spot on. Local people were in it and local band The Eagles (no, not them!) provided the soundtrack. The title song also got into the charts and is a bit of an ear worm!
Nice to see that Anneke Wills who played a key role (and was an early Dr Who girl) still has a thriving career as a writer and still attends Dr Who events..
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By monty on 4 July 2013
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And I am one of them! Like another of your reviewers, I was born in 1949 and must have been 13 when I went to see this at the cinema. I loved the music and bought the EP. Still play it. I never heard of Valerie Mountain and the Eagles again sadly. In fact the Eagles did get a brief acknowledgment at the beginning of the film but not Valerie.

For me, the film still works. Teenagers needing a focus in their lives to make up for dead-end jobs, the excitement of making music and singing - this all rings entirely true. Ray Brooks, David Hemmings and David Andrews are all first-class, so are Angela Douglas (totally believable in her miming while Valerie sings) and Anneka Wills. Kenneth More still had one of his most high-profile roles to come -as Jolyon in BBC's Forsyte Saga which swept the nation. But for me, the young actors steal the honours.

But so does the location shooting of the bus station, the pubs, the landscape scenes of Bristol. And the lingering final shot of the young teenage boy who has yet to find his place....

Magic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Roger Millard on 21 Jun. 2013
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And all fans of this underrated film needed to have patience, while waiting for it to appear on DVD! This is a pretty good print and it certainly takes me back 50 years to when I first saw it. Dear old Bristol! Good performances by everyone in the cast and the music was great.

I wonder how many years we will have to wait before we can get the soundtrack on CD!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marquis de Piro on 20 July 2013
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Yes, I sat through it from beginning to end. It had its moments, but not too many of them. I'm almost going thumbs down, but I have never turned a Kenneth More film no matter - even, as in this perhaps unique case, it is naive and propagandist for a good cause.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Saber on 12 Aug. 2013
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I bought this DVD direct from Network and it is packaged in a slim case (the type usually found in box sets) rather than a standard DVD box. Are all copies like that ? Great film but it doesn't look right on my shelf !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Palmer on 10 July 2013
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super film which reminds me of my teenage times.Great music too,and very well acted..would happily recomend it to all old teenagers of 60 plus
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Rodger Jenkinson on 25 Sept. 2013
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I saw this when it came out when I was 14.
I bought it because the song "Too late" by Valerie Mountain has haunted me for decades.
I have had the EP since the film came out.
The film is a great evocation of those basically innocent days.
I loved it.
Rodger
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