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on 18 June 2012
This was the first film made by lovely teenager Olivia Hussey since the 1968 release of Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" brought richly-deserved accolades. "All the Right Noises" was produced in 1969 and released two years later to generally positive reviews. Tom Bell is quite believable as a married, 32-year-old theatrical electrician, Len, who falls for the precocious charms of a 15-year-old dancer/singer named Val. Judy Carne does well too, as Len's unsuspecting wife, Joy, and director Gerry O'Hara directs with a light touch -- in fact, probably a bit too light for this highly provocative material. I liked the realism of "All the Right Noises" very much but confess to being disappointed by the indeterminate conclusion of O'Hara's script. The ending just sort of trails off under the credits, and we are left to wonder what (if any) consequences accrued. Still, this film is worth seeing, if only to savour the stunning beauty of Olivia Hussey, whom I regard as the most enchanting young actress ever to appear on a motion picture screen.

A fascinating extra is the full, sixteen-minute interview that Bernard Braden made (in October 1967) with the talented stars of "Romeo and Juliet," Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey.
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on 16 October 2013
This film made by the talented Director/Writer Gerry O'Hara. This film was made in 1969, and arrangements with Distributors Warner Bros, shelved the release until 1971. Cannot think, why such a time delay.
The actors, Tom Bell, Olivia Hussey and Judy Carne give very believable performances, thanks to the guided direction of Gerry O'Hara.The posters for the film, were very sensational, giving a daring and dramatic 15i/2 too young, Is One Wife Enough For Any Man?

I do not think Gerry O'Hara had anything to do with these type of poster advertising. The film is very well made and Tom Bell gives a stellar performance as the electrician falling for the under aged...Olivia Hussey, who shoes considerable in-depth acting technique.

If you like films from the 60's - like to see the fashions and cars etc from this period, then this film is a must for you.
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on 26 February 2012
'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.
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All the Right Noises is one of those nice `little' films that used to get made in the UK in the late 60s and early 70s because UK cinemas were still required by law to show a quota of local films, most of which would be relegated to second features or quickly disappear after being booked for a slow week. It was especially unlucky to be shelved for a couple of years by 20th Century Fox and then released the same week as [I]Love Story[/I], ensuring it was gone and forgotten within a week despite some good reviews. So forgotten, in fact, it doesn't seem to have turned up even on late night television and until the BFI's Bluray and DVD release seems to have remained almost completely unseen since its brief theatrical release.

The premise - a married stage electrician has an affair with a 15-year-old actress - and the presence of Gerry O'Hara, director of The Bitch, behind the camera imply sleazy exploitation (`Is 15½ too young for a girl? Is one wife enough for one man?' screamed the poster), but instead it's a nicely underplayed slice of life that avoids the opportunities for titillation for something more naturalistic and underplayed. The underage angle is downplayed in favor of something more non-judgmental, although the absence of drama or melodrama until the last half hour works slightly against it - there's little tension in the relationship until that point and no real consequences, just recognisably human characters falling in and out of a relationship as they lie to themselves, which probably limits its appeal.

O'Hara's directorial resume is pretty undistinguished at best, but he was one of the top assistant directors in the business and, working from his own script, shows an unfussy craftsmanship that never gets in the way of the story or characters and shows a surprising strength with his cast. Which is a good thing, because what carries a movie with a plot this slight are the performances. Tom Bell, a fine actor with an unfortunate tendency to burn his bridges for no good reason, is in his element here, creating the kind of ordinary guy you recognise from real life and managing to make him interesting despite having no big dramatic scenes to show off with. A surprisingly appealing Olivia Hussy gets the showiest part as the object of his affection but never oversteps the mark, managing to seem spontaneous without being precocious, and the two work well together: there's one morning after scene that's surprisingly charming. Although it's a thankless part, Judy Carne is so good and completely believable as the wife that it's a real pity she never got more chances before her career self-destructed. Robert Keegan also impresses as Bell's down on his luck father and there are supporting turns from a number of familiar faces like John Standing and a very young Lesley-Anne Down.

It's a minor film that never really amounts to much, but it mostly hides the low budget well: O'Hara only really stumbles in the clumsy camerawork and editing in the onstage musical numbers in the show that brings the two together. While it never really makes you care much about any of the characters, it does feel true to life in all its unsensational lack of glory, ending not in tears or tragedy but with the dishes getting washed. Whether that's a good thing simply comes down to personal preference, but if you're in the right mood and not expecting too much it's surprisingly satisfying. Sadly, but perhaps not unexpectedly, the picture quality is not particularly good, looking like it came from a soft 16mm print. There's not much detail, particularly where there are blacks or shadows in the image, so there's no real advantage in picking up the Bluray, although it is currently cheaper than the DVD in some outlets). The only extras are an excellent booklet on the film (it turns out Nic Roeg's help and contacts were instrumental in getting it made), a short film O'Hara and Bell made a couple of years later, The Spy's Wife, which also features Dorothy Tutin and Vladek Sheybal, and some unedited footage of an interview with an awkward Olivia Hussy and her Romeo and Juliet co-star Leonard Whiting (cue one painfully prophetic question about unknowns being cast in major films only to never be heard of again!).
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on 2 January 2010
Finally, this previously rarely seen film from 1969, has emerged on DVD and Blu-Ray, with very acceptable picture and sound, for an old obscurity such as this. Personally, i thoroughly enjoy repeatedly watching this tastefully presented film about married electrician Tom Bell's affair with a young starlet Olivia Hussey. The stars play their parts very convincingly, and should you be receptive to it's magic, it should leave you, at the very least, entertained. Gerry O'Hara, thank you!
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on 29 May 2016
even though this film is obviously set in the sixties it is still relevant today,teenagers will always be teenagers.
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on 4 July 2015
An amazing study of sexual morality.
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on 21 October 2015
Nice film with young actors
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on 5 March 2016
Plodding attempt at a social drama,that is boring,and leaves you wondering what the point was.
Probably taken more seriously at it's time of release.
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on 29 March 2016
Dreadful film! I was expecting much more from a BFI release. Can't think of a single redeeming feature. Well, the picture quality was good though. Complete waste of my money. I am sorry to sound so negative but I feel cheated with this film.
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