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This is My Street [DVD]
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Network have again release a long lost film of some worth, in excellent condition. Crisp B/W print and good sound, Ratio 1.66. Extras include a theatrical trailer Image Gallery and Original Pressbook PDF (not seen by me). The film is very much of it's time - A bit kitchen sink tho perhaps not up to "Poor Cow"/Sat Nt and Sun Morning", but very like "Live Now Pay Later. June Ritchie, who gives what I felt was a career best performence,( but that's just me) plays a bored housewife-bored with her job, husband and much of life in general. Hendry is th salesman, slick and a womaniser, but not "the marrying Kind". This kind of role he could play in his sleep and here is utterly convincing. The sexual tension between him and Ritchie is palpable, and strong whilst not explicit. Annette Andre gives a strong performence as June's sister, and also in the cast is a very young John Hurt (miscast I feel as a boy no girl wants anything to do with, and he, as my wife said, was very sexy in 1963.). All in all it's 90 mins of good script, direction and acting, with some interesting location work. One sequence sticks in my mind-Ian and June search a junkyard/bombsite for her daughter, and all around them are local almost feral kids breaking bottles and generally having a ball, but it's scary. For lovers of sixties realist drama this is a must. (Oh and a word of praise for Mike Pratt as June's husband-so easy to overplay - but he, like everyone else is just right. Well done Network.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2014
The edition issued in 2014 by Network has been nicely restored. In many ways the film typifies British contemporary films of the 1960s. The late Ian Hendry plays a louse who leads a young married woman astray; Manchester girl June Ritchie plays the woman in question. The director of ‘This Is My Street’ is Sidney Hayers who went on to work in TV series such as ‘The Avengers’. The DVD is in a slim case, about half the standard width. All in all, an interesting release sure to please what seems to be a growing army of Britfilm fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2014
Watching this brings home the force of Philip Larkin's line "Sexual intercourse began in 1963" - a British film that deals so frankly with adultery, desire (especially female desire) and casual pickups just wouldn't have reached the screen a few short years earlier. Sociology aside, it's a cracking piece of entertainment with a story that flies along, a great cast, and a superb central performance by June Ritchie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2014
I came across this film by accident while searching Amazon for another DVD. I read the description and reviews and decided to buy it.
It's an excellent film. with a good story that's well acted by a great cast. It holds your interest from start to finish and contains great location shots that remind you of the famous retail chains that have vanished from our high streets long ago.
High quality reproduction throughout ,which can be enhanced even further when played on a Blu ray that upgrades DVD reproduction by adding greater depth and detail.
A great buy.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This film has been on my wish list for so many years and now I am a very proud owner as I appear at the begining of the film with my sister and mother. We were all young of course as the film was made in the 1960s, but you can see us clearly, especially me, I am the little girl in white dress with a big comb whom June Ritchie walks past in the title credits, I walk up and down the street, so you can see my face and I seem to be doing a little dance.

As for the rest of the film that is also brilliant as it brings back memories of living around the Battersea and Clapham area in the 1960s, remembering streets, etc that has changed so much since then. It is also nice to share my mother's memories of the film being made as I was too young to remember, like Ian Hendry buying the children, including me and my sister, ice creams, Mike Pratt cadging cigarettes off the residents and me being cuddled by some of the stars.

Just brilliant!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2014
well worth the money. brilliant acting from everyone, i really enjoyed this movie, its a shame that most actors these days are wooden when compared to these actors, the cast bring a real natural essence to the screen, typical of fantastic British artists of the time. i am not going to troll through the synopsis, just to write ,that, these type of movies especially This is my street, is just FANTASTIC.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2014
This was liked by me at the cinema all those years ago,and still is remembered fondly on this viewing.Ian Hendry is great as the street wide boy and June Ritchie portrays the downtrodden housewife he seduces brilliantly Another great Network film release and if you enjoy good 60s british films this is for you
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2014
If you like nostalgic old 60s movies with a storyline, good movie. Ian Hendry was box office in the early 60s and it is a shame he didn't really get the recognition deserved. Other good films of the time are 'The Servant', 'A kind of Loving', 'Live now pay later', 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning', and 'The Lonliness of the long distance Runner', 'Billy Liar' and 'Otley' to name a few.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2015
Disappointing. This DVD version has been edited in at least one place. For instance where the flighty female character has been propositioned by a wealthy businessman to engage in sexual practices in front of his wife. She rapidly flees his flat, considering this to be too kinky for her taste. This bit has been cut out which will leave the viewer perlexed as to what has happened.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I have not seen this film for many years, so was grateful for being able to purchase a copy which upon viewing is pretty good with a good soundtrack. A typical kitchen sink drama which were very popular during the early '60s when censorship was beginning to be more relaxed and many films were being released exploring human relationships in greater detail. The lovely June Ritchie (A Kind of Loving) plays Margery Graham who is trapped in an unhappy marriage and is keen to seek a life elsewhere. When her mother (Avice Landon) who lives next door takes in a lodger, Harry (Ian Hendry), he takes a shine to Margery and starts a relationship with her despite the fact that Margery is already married. Then, her sister turns up played by Annette Andre and he begins a relationship with her much to the consternation of Margery and her mother. It does get a little complicated then, and almost ends in tragedy.

A worthy film, good to look at, although a bit talky, it does convey the working class idealism which pervaded during those far off days. There are a few good supporting actors, some of which are household names nowadays such as John Hurt who looks remarkably young in this film. A good buy for fans of Kitchen Sink dramas, which they do not make nowadays.
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