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The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)

The Knack ...and How to Get It (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 7 July 1965 (France)
Cool, sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naïve, awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Charles Wood (screenplay), Ann Jellicoe (play)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Tushingham ... Nancy Jones
Ray Brooks ... Tolen
Michael Crawford ... Colin
Donal Donnelly ... Tom
William Dexter William Dexter ... Dress Shop Owner
Charles Dyer ... Man in Photo Booth
Margot Thomas Margot Thomas ... Female Teacher
John Bluthal ... Angry Father
Helen Lennox Helen Lennox ... Girl in Photo Booth
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Teacher
Edgar Wreford Edgar Wreford ... Man in Phone Booth
Frank Sieman Frank Sieman ... Surveyor
Bruce Lacey Bruce Lacey ... Surveyor's Asst.
George Chisholm ... Left Luggage Porter
Peter Copley ... Picture Owner
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Storyline

Cool, sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naïve, awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece of it. But when Colin falls for an innocent country girl (Rita Tushingham), it's not long before the self-assured Tolen moves in for the kill. Is all fair in love and war, or can Colin get the the knack and beat Tolen at his own game? Written by Noel Kardaris

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Some have it, Some Don't. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Knack... and How to Get It See more »

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Budget:

$364,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Jane Birkin. See more »

Quotes

[of Tolen's "rough play" with women]
Tom: Just think of what you could do with a real whip, Tolen. A real whip.
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youthful British cinema
10 December 2004 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A young and sexually frustrated school teacher rents out a room in his old house to a hip drummer with a motorcycle who is an expert at seduction in the hope of learning how he does it. Crazy editing and a haphazard style make it a challenge for those of us brought up on westerns and film noirs. A youth movie for the 60's with Rita Tushingham who seemed to embody that period of youthful British cinema, with a decidedly British humor and a take on society and sex, all wrapped up in the anarchy of free form movie making. Similar in style to Lester's "Hard Day's Night" but without the Beatles to carry it, this film relies more on the patience of the viewer, as it has a nice little story within the chaos.


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