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Two a Penny [DVD] [1970]

Cliff Richard , Dora Bryan , James F. Collier    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cliff Richard, Dora Bryan, Avril Angers, Ann Holloway, Geoffrey Bayldon
  • Directors: James F. Collier
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Mono, Colour
  • 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: 12
  • Studio: DD VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LSGD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,986 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Cliff Richard stars in this rarely seen British drama set in Swinging London during the 1960s. Cliff plays an art student whose expensive habits lead him to dabble in drugs. Dora Bryan and Anna Holloway co-star and the film features the Cliff Richard songs I ll Love You Forever Today, Questions, Two A Penny, an on-screen performance of Twist and Shout, plus the original cinema trailer.


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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CLIFF PLAYS IT STRAIGHT! 4 Nov 2002
Format:DVD
Having become a 'born again Christian' in 1965, Cliff Richard made a brief departure from his musical films to take the lead role in "Two A Penny".
Jamie Hopkins (Cliff) plays a "ducking and diving" young man who lives with his mother (Dora Bryan) and steals drugs from the doctor's surgery where she is employed. His similarly unscrupulous girlfriend Carol (Ann Holloway) leads a similarly amoral life which changes dramatically following her conversion to Christianity during a visit to a traveling religious crusade fronted by evangelist Billy Graham (himself). As a result of her conversion, Carol attempts to show her boyfriend the light. However, Jamie's only interested in sex, drinking at his local pub (where he belts out a great version of 'Twist & Shout') and making easy money. He comes to grief when he decides to
double-cross the gang that buys the stolen drugs. As a consequence, he begins to ask questions about his lifestyle; questions that Carol endeavors to answer from a Christian perspective. Does Jamie finally turn to God for help? This little-seen gem of a movie is full of surprises (not least of which is Cliff's acting ability; he turns in a very convincing performance) and I'm not going to spoil the ending. Cliff also penned 3 songs for the soundtrack: "Two A Penny", "I'll Love You Forever Today" and "Questions".
The film caused some controversy on its release in 1967. It was premiered at the 'Prince Charles Cinema' in Soho, London for a number of weeks but, because the aim of the film was to promote Christianity, it was deemed by cinema distributors to be 'out of step' during the swinging 60's and it never went on general release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all! 27 April 2007
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For someone who never had any formal training as an actor / singer, Cliff puts in a decent performance in this little-known, late 60s gem. He'd already been in a few other films by this time (Expresso Bongo, Summer Holiday and some other film which I haven't seen yet - the title of which escapes me). This film, "Two a Penny" is by far the most interesting out of all the Cliff films I have seen. I actually quite like it - and no I'm not a die-hard Cliff fan!

I was particularly interested in seeing "Two a Penny" to see how realistically Cliff plays the role of "bad guy" Jamie Hopkins, who is involved in theft, drug deals, violence and, almost, attempted rape. This type of character seems so remote from "Cliff" it must surely need some real acting? I would be lying if I said I found his portrayal totally convincing - there are moments in the film where he tries too consciously to sound more working-class, and this seems slightly at odds with his middle-class "Cliffiness" which shines through. Compare the way Jamie speaks to the way his mother (excellently played by Dora Bryan) speaks and you will notice a class inconsistency that is slightly too wide.

Though at times a little theatrical, Cliff's acting is far from hammy. He was a very good-looking guy with presence and a very distinctive voice, and I can imagine at the time would have made him a real hearthrob. It is easy to see why Cliff, like the protagonist he plays, is not "Two a Penny." The character of Jamie Hopkins is essentially a lovable rogue, a cocky, colourful cad who aspires to higher things in life. Cliff portrays him very well, perhaps due to the fact that he shares the character's ambition???
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two A Penny 16 Sep 2010
Format:DVD
Pretty surprise that Cliff could perform such dramatic character in this film. Yea It affrims that telling lies and cheating would not pay well at the end of the day. The ending should have shown more dramatic sadness or remorseness of Jamie in order to send the message across the board that crime does not pay. I think in general,this film is good esp.for Cliff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated But A Good Movie for the Period 29 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
I saw Two a Penny in the theater in 1971. It was part if a church campaign and after going to the theater, groups would get together to discuss the message in the film. Cliff did a good job portraying Jaime. His acting was far superior to his early 60's musicals. This, however, is not a light fluff "teen" musical like Young Ones and Summer Holiday. It is a serious film. Looking at his long career, this is one he is proud of and 30 years after seeing this the first time, I was thrilled to get a copy of it. If you really like Cliff, this is a must have.
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