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The System [DVD]

Oliver Reed , Jane Merrow , Michael Winner    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Oliver Reed, Jane Merrow
  • Directors: Michael Winner
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ANNV48
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,399 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The System is set in a British seaside village where the local young men mingle among the summer's tourists in search of sexual conquests. The group's leader, Tinker (Oliver Reed), aims to entrap a fashion model (Jane Merrow) from a well-to-do family, but he finds himself unexpectedly falling in love. With the tables turned, Tinker begins to see that maybe it's not the tourists who are ebing used in these sexual games. A gem of a film, which was directed by Michael Winner.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Interactive Menu, Production Notes, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The System is a "Swinging London" comedy with an unsettling undercurrent of bitterness and cynicism. Oliver Reed plays a girlie-magazine photographer, the self-appointed leader of a group of handsome but unscrupulous bachelors who hang out in a British seaside resort. Their avowed goal is to seduce and abandon as many wealthy young girls as possible. One of the group, jealous of Reed's success, uses their "system" to hoist the leader on his own petard. Michael Winner solidified his reputation as a "mod" director in The System--and also displayed his utter contempt for the pretty young people he depicts. The film was released to the US under the more bankable title The Girl Getters. ...The System ( The Girl-Getters )

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of British - Well nearly - Well done 26 Feb 2012
By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I wholeheartedly agree with DH Dixon (tho I am a couple of years late). I think this was one of Winner's best films. Full of life and vigour, but tinged with genuine pathos, and well acted. Personally I think this is possibly Reed's finest performence - he is restrained yet believable in his moodiness and violent streak. As for the ladies - Winner draws out terrific performences from them all..Jane Merrow, young as she was, shows great promise, Barbara Ferris - sexy and vulnerable, Julia Foster, a bit over written perhaps, but very good, and, my own favourite, Ann Lynn, so good as an unhappy woman married to the resident Theatre Comedian. The rest of the young cast are given and take every oportunity to show they have better things to come (John Alderton,David Hemmings,Pauline Munro, and the very youthful!! Harry Andrews, terrific in a small part). The sondtrack throbs with 6o's music (The Searchers) and newsreel of the time is cleverly inserted at various points to add atmosphere. The 16.9 print is excellent, and there is a most useful booklet. Also at last ODEON have included a very full cast list. Thankyou. I don't give 5 stars very often but I do so here because I just enjoyed every minute, but to be a bit cautious, this may be because of my age and I lived thru times like the ones shown (tho sadly not quite so exciting, and the girls were perhaps not so attractive).
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Winner's winners 17 Sep 2008
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I have to disagree with the other reviewers, this has always been a favourite film. Jane Merrow is terrific, so is Oliver Reed, and it also features Harry Andrews. The black and white photography is excellent and I like the atmosphere and period feel very much. The seaside setting is very attractive. This film is immaculate, and with a theme song by The Searchers, where does it fail? I would rank this next to Death Wish and The Jokers as one of Michael Winner's best films.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Winner's early winner 31 Aug 2009
Given director Michael Winner's critical reputation today, it's hard to remember that he, too, once enjoyed a moment in the sun. For a brief period at the start of the 1960s, the director received good reviews on both side of the Atlantic, most especially from the American critics impressed by his ability to adapt very contemporary subject matter and make it appeal to an international youth audience. In particular, The System, followed in turn by The Jokers (1966), and then I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967), attracted attention. All three films starred Oliver Reed, cast after Winner had spotted the potential of the actor who had previously appeared in Hammer horror films.

Overshadowed by the slackness and crudity of some of his later, more ambitious projects, these early titles are overlooked. But for The System, at the time of its release, Newsweek praised Winner as the unheralded director of a "consistently intelligent and often brilliant low-budget import." Seen today it can be identified as part of a group of films that have interesting anticipations of each other within British cinema. In the film Reed plays 'Tinker' a seaside photographer, the charismatic leader of a group of young men seeking sexual conquest at the seaside.

The System, unsubtly re-titled The Girl-Getters for the USA, was felt to be controversial in subject matter at the time, although by today's standards it is pretty mild. Reed had earlier appeared as a tearaway in another resort-set movie, Losey's cult item The Damned (1961); in the present film it is almost as if the young thug from the previous story has moved on a little to a newly precarious living, at least as far as he might be able to.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting curate's egg 26 Sep 2009
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The main reason I bought this was to see an early Reed starring movie, as my favourite one, The Jokers still hasn't come out on dvd. I vaguely remembered watching The System and thinking it was okay. Having just watched it again, as a film entertainment, I still think it is okay and no more really. However for social history observers, this film is a lot better than okay. It looks incredibly dated now, but its theme is very relevant to the era it was made in. It brings home probably even more than Alfie and Georgy Girl the conflict between sexual freedom and the natural desire to have something more meaningful, and it shows as much as A Kind of Loving or Saturday Night and Sunday Morning the dangers of sexual freedom in a society where having kids out of wedlock was a major no no. So, sociologically this film is quite fascinating. It looks quite quaint in places when it's obviously showing its most daring scenes, but these were more innocent times. For 1964 general release this really was daring.

Some of the director's more gimmicky touches, a sort of contempoary fashion for the jokey, flashy visual youth culturey scenes ala Richard Lester did make me wince, but that was the sort of film the studios wanted then (The Beatles have a lot to answer for). Reed's performance is quite interesting for fans of his, and you can't say the role doesn't suit him. There's definitely a larger than life quality to him already in this film, and a brooding presence. Although I'm very glad I bought it, as pure movie entertainment it is not brilliant, but alright, hence the lowish 3.5 star grading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars 1000000% Awful
ONe of the worst films ever made.Don't have much else to add to that.Film has absolutely no character and no soul.Avoid at all cost.Typical brittish s*** movie.
Published 4 months ago by Lisa J.
5.0 out of 5 stars memories
first time have viewed just what I expected brought back a lot of memories from when I worked in the hotel a lot of the scenes were filmed
Published 5 months ago by patrick hansford
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather strange Oliver Reed film
Not for everyone, but if you like unusual thought provoking films, you might like this. I did, although I probably won't be rewatching it regularly.
Published 7 months ago by Edward Kershaw
5.0 out of 5 stars One of ollies great early films and good directing by Michael winner
This film is shot on location in torbay my hometown some of the buildings have since gone but on the whole still recognisable
Published 11 months ago by Simon Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars The System dvd
I bought this DVD as it is from my home town and because I am in the film as an extra it bought back a lot of happy memories fast delivery well packed great film
Published 11 months ago by Elaine Herridge
5.0 out of 5 stars My local area
Brilliant area where this film was shot that's why i bought this particular flim ,Oliver Read in Paignton in Devon wish I'd been around when he did the filming
Published 13 months ago by julie Lamburn
5.0 out of 5 stars great film.
very good film. i live in torquay.nice to see the area in 1964. good quality. just what i would have expected.
Published 15 months ago by debbie
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Oliver Reed's Best Early Roles
Not having seen this film for many years, although I do have memories of certain scenes such as the crowded beach scenes (you rarely see that these days) and the scene between Reed... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by E. A. Redfearn
4.0 out of 5 stars Signs of early promise
Alright my interest began because I was an extra in the crowd scenes on the beach but what stays in the mind
having seen the film is just how good Oliver Reed was even back... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by D. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars We miss you,Ollie!
Oliver Reed may have ended up a drunken embarrassment, but he was very handsome in his early days and always maintained a charisma throughout his life.Watch it!
Published on 19 May 2010 by Stuart G. Robinson
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