09 20 Oct '24
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Richard Lester

The Knack... and How to Get It

84' - 1965 - Comedy - Dialogue: English
Director: Richard Lester With: Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford
Set in 'swinging London', it centers on two young men - Tolen, who has a genius for seduction, and his shy friend Colin, who is desperate to acquire the knack. Rita Tushingham plays Nancy, the kooky provincial who turns out to be Tolen's nemesis and Colin's heart's desire. Filming the memorable scene in which the young people trundle a vast, ornate bed across London the startled and disapproving reactions of bystanders to this latest expression of the 'youth revolution' and these reactions are used in the film, along with suitable verbal comments, to provide a kind of Greek chorus of conformist middle-aged grouches. Indeed, everyone over thirty is presented as 'square' to the point of insanity...

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Richard Lester


Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford


Charles Wood

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Countries of production

United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

Ann Jellicoe



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