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  • Actors: Alison Elliott, James Aubrey
  • Directors: Pete Walker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Q58KWI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,623 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first ever UK DVD release of this controversial 1978 film dealing with the issue of underage sex. Directed by Brit-horror legend PETE WALKER (Frightmare, Die Screaming Marianne). Features booklet notes with foreword by Pete Walker. Sourced from the Original Widescreen negatives. Life is rosy for songwriter Mike Beresford (James Aubrey). His band, Bad Accident, is climbing the charts, his new Jensen Interceptor is running like a dream and he has his pick of the groupies. But one day he offers sultry nymphet Ginny (Alison Elliot) a lift home and they eventually become lovers. The trouble is Ginny is only 14 and when he eventually discovers the truth, he s too deeply in love to give her up. It s only a matter of time before Ginny s parents (Mark Burns & Juliet Harmer) and the authorities find out....

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I was expecting much worse. Dashes of sexploitation aside, this is a pretty restrained and sober effort from former schlockmeister Pete Walker. It's perhaps his best film, and suggests he could have evolved into a more serious director had it been any kind of a success. There's no shortage of script and acting deficiencies, and for much of this we can blame Walker. But when it works it's not bad, and even achieves a measure of poignancy at times. It's held together really by Aubrey, who delivers the film's most credible performance (even if he goes a bit "Cliff" at times). Alison Elliot is eye-catching as Ginny, but her character is allowed to veer too unbelievably from mature and sophisticated for her age to jailbait nymph to manipulative child, and this is what brings the film down ultimately.
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It is perhaps telling that when the Barbican hosted a retrospective of the work of Pete Walker in 2014, they concentrated mainly on his best-known horror movies and largely avoided most of the sexploitation-related flicks that make up just as big a chunk of his filmography. Nevertheless, with film writers such as Kim Newman, Jonathan Rigby and Matthew Sweet handling the introductions and interviews accompanying each screening, the season was careful to discuss in some depth the circumstances in which the movies were made, and to put them in their proper historical context. Seen by many as a subversive commentator on both the failings of the old conservative order in Britain and a critic of the lack of moral fibre to be found amongst the new 'permissive society', Walker's ambivalent attitude to the social circumstances of the UK during the 1970s is apparent in Home Before Midnight (1979), a film omitted from the Barbican run very probably because of its extremely uncomfortable (and currently very topical) subject matter.
The film's story centres around musician James Aubrey, whose love affair with a girl he picks up whilst travelling to London takes a very sour turn when he discovers she is only fourteen years old (though actress Alison Elliot was actually considerably older than this when the movie was shot, it doesn't prevent the several unclothed sex scenes and casual nudity we see from her inducing squirms in the viewer); when they find out, the girl's parents understandably have a fit and the bloke finds himself in court on statutory rape charges...
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Got the DVD because my video tape no longer plays. Story is about under-age sex ( Shock ! Horror ! Shouldn't be allowed !) No, it's quite tame really, there's nudity but not much sex. Young man gets collared for having it off with a fourteen-year-old schoolgirl. The best part about this film is that it co-stars page 3 girl Debbie Linden ( Are You Being Served?). Buxom girls with dyed blonde hair and lots of make-up aren't usually my cup of tea, but there was always something about this one. She overdosed in '97.
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HASH(0x99752294) out of 5 stars A Non-Horror Film From Director Pete Walker. 10 Sept. 2014
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This is a very different film from director Pete Walker that is not a horror film at all. It concerns a twenty-something songwriter who picks up a girl and they make love, only for him to discover that she is only 14 years old. Her parents take him to court, but the songwriter and the underage teenage girl are actually very much in love. This late 70's British film also features Mick Jagger's son Chris and is an indictment on the court system and an awkward look at the 70's British music scene (some of the sequences are very wrong in their depiction of what British music was all about). If this were to happen in the U.S., the songwriter would be convicted on statutory rape (even if the sex was consensual) and would be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life, but things were quite different in the U.K. and other countries. A very unusual film from horror director Walker (FRIGHTMARE; HOUSE OF WHIPCORD; HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN; SCHIZO; THE COMEBACK) that is still very entertaining in its own way.
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HASH(0x996afd20) out of 5 stars Movie purchase 12 Mar. 2014
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I LOVE THIS MOVIE: Many thanks for the prompt delivery of the above, was upset to find out that it does not work on my DVD player, after being told It would do so.. Is there anything I can do to rectify this? Perhaps there is a compatible copy I could purchase, one that will work in Australia. Look forward to hearing from you..

Regards Di :)
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