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The Beat Girl [VHS] [1960]

4.5 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Actors: David Farrar, Noëlle Adam, Christopher Lee, Gillian Hills, Adam Faith
  • Directors: Edmond T. Gréville
  • Writers: Dail Ambler
  • Producers: George Willoughby
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CW5B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,671 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A hip and swinging piece of beat generation film-making starring Adam Faith, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee and Shirley Anne Field. Jennifer (Gillian Hills) is really digging the beat style and lives for kicks, but her dad is a square and just doesn't understand. Her stepmother hides a secret that she wants to forget, but Jennifer's determined to find out what it is, and searches through the happening 1960s to do just that - journeying from coffee shop to strip joint. This uncut version of the cult film features John Barry's first soundtrack. Groovy, Daddy-O.

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By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2004
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This is the american release which is a bad print and clumsily edited. The UK version available on VHS a few years ago was much better than this. This is a real shame because the UK Cut is really quite fun in a retro-sleazy way!
Wow Daddy-O Im Over and Out!
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This is another of the BFI re release series which presents "classic" films in digitally remastered formats with bonus features and a booklet, making for an interesting package. Perhaps the key bonus is an up to date interview with Gillian Hills from 2016--she being the titular Beat Girl, and still looking great today. The film has it's faults; it's dated in concept-- set in the post Elvis pre- Beatles period, and the talk of squares and cool cats and phrases like "you send me" though maybe accurate for the time sound fairly ludicrous now. It also has a wooden studio feel to it.On the plus side the soundtrack is by John Barry in his first film soundtrack role, there are early screen appearances for Adam Faith, Shirley Anne Field and Oliver Reed, the film is daring for it's time, it is a late 50's time capsule, and the supporting cast also includes Christopher Lee. At around 80 minutes it doesn't outstay it's welcome and for me an enjoyable addition to my favourite period of British Cinema i.e. late 50's/early 60's.
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After its initial launch in 1960 this film was withdrawn from circulation on the grounds that it might corrupt the young. It has only just become available on DVD. In the meantime the world has changed and it now looks laughably innocent. The music, by John Barry, is genuinely excellent. Probably his most original. With the exception of Christopher Lee,who is always wonderful, the acting, by Adam Faith, Gillian Hills, Shirley Ann Field, Oliver Reed, Peter McEnery is so bad that it's brilliant. It's a much better film than "Expresso Bongo" which has a similar setting ( Soho strip clubs) but has Cliff Richard rather than Adam Faith. Both show just how shabby Britain was in 1959/60.
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A classic "so bad it's good" British film , has a great soundtrack I believe the guitar hook on the main them was used by Norman (Fat Boy Slim) Cook on his "Funk Soul Brother" track some years back. Christopher Lee plays a type of villain that you really want to "boo and hiss" at and there's some terrible acting from Adam Faith, who was a teen heart throb at the time of filming. Strangely they use the opening film scene again later in the movie! and there is some really wacky editing.
enjoy......
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I caught this movie by accident about a week ago on the new Talking Pictures TV channel and I'm giving it four stars as it's the only film in years that's been able to make my jaw drop so far that I was speechless!! I had missed the start of the film so it took me a wee while to catch up plot-wise but it wasn't difficult. There was fun to be had in recognising loads of stars in their early years and Adam Faith looked about 17, as did Oliver Reed when he made a brief appearance later in the film. And yes, the acting was somewhat dire in places - all that 'beat me daddy-o 8-to-the-bar' seemed a bit forced at times - but the film was still quite watchable and enjoyable.
So what exactly made my jaw drop? As one of the characters works in a strip club, with Christopher Lee being the owner, there are obviously scenes set in the strip club where various ladies strut their stuff and remove their bras - all done in the best possible taste of course and quite 'decorous' in some ways. There is however one 'exotic dancer', who actually gets a special mention in the credits of the film, who does things with a strip of cloth that you just would not believe!! I don't know if she'd got hold of a large bath towel or a curtain[!] but what she did with it brought tears to my eyes more than once, not to mention the dropped jaw... I actually thought I'd tuned into a porn film by mistake!
She didn't remove a single item of clothing as far as I can recall but trust me, she didn't need to. I have a feeling that the extras who made up the club audience on that day probably needed cold water chucked on them after that performance!
I do wonder however if that scene will remain in this new DVD/Blu Ray release. It would be a shame if it was cut as that girl certainly earned her wages that day. What a performance!!
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The transfer is very good & we have three versions! Theatrical, alternate & extended. Extras are super including a recent interview with star Gillian Hills & a short 1955 thriller entitled "Cross Roads" starring the legendary Christopher Lee! Buy now!
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This is great! Good cast, good plot, good atmosphere; and a very youthful, super smooth Christopher Lee!
Could watch this one many times; and I have.
Louise
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Great presentation. As before though, not sure it needs to be in two formats.
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