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The Knack (1965)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 17, 2002

Budget $364,000

Running Time
1 hour, 24 minutes

Country UK

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• The Knack
• Der Gewisse Kniff (1965)
• The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)

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Genre: Comedy, Buddies, Scams And Cons

Tagline: There's a niche for 'The Knack.'

Plot: Tolen (Ray Brooks) has it. Colin (Michael Crawford) doesn't. "It" is the knack for getting women into bed. After obtaining lessons from the master, Colin buys a bed big enough for his conquests. This leads Colin and his friend Tom (Donal Donnelly) to Nancy (Rita Tushingham), an attractive traveler. The boys vie for her affections, but when she meets Tolen, she faints, overcome by his charm. Nancy awakens thinking she has been raped and points her finger at the hapless Colin.

As films age they are commonly seen as "tame by today's standards." This is not the case with this outrageously loose 1965 portrait of Swinging London. A revolutionary film, this amoral slapstick combined the rapid-fire-gag approach used by director Richard Lester in his previous work with the Beatles (A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, HELP!) with the awareness of technique popularized by the French New Wave. The style of filmmaking perfectly captures the time period and was also highly influential to the film school generation of the late 1960s and early 1970s. John Barry's playful score fusing jazz and pop sets the frenetic pace. Though purely cinematic, the film is based on a popular play by Ann Jellicoe.

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 Directed by
Richard Lester
Superman II, Superman III, A Hard Day's Night
 Written by
Charles Wood
Help!, An Awfully Big Adventure, How I Won the War
Jacqueline Bisset
Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Domino, Bullitt
Rita Tushingham
Doctor Zhivago, An Awfully Big Adventure, Under the Skin
Ray Brooks
Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., Carry On Abroad, H.M.S. Defiant
Michael Crawford
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hello, Dolly!, Condorman
Donal Donnelly
The Godfather: Part III, The Dead, This Is My Father
John Bluthal
The Fifth Element, Dark City, A Hard Day's Night
Wensley Pithey
Oliver!, Hell Drivers, The Titfield Thunderbolt
 Music By
John Barry
Dances with Wolves, Goldfinger, Moonraker

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