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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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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$364,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,000,000, 31 January 1970
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Film debuts of Jacqueline Bisset and Charlotte Rampling, 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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Referenced in Richard Lester in Conversation (2018) See more »

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Blues And Out
Written by John Barry
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Fantastic...May be my favorite film
25 November 2001 | by bethster2000See all my reviews

Richard Lester was the one with the knack...the knack for providing snapshots of Swinging London, and for that we should all be grateful. With The Knack...and How To Get It, Lester builds on his triumph of A Hard Day's Night with a winning cast, dynamic cinematography and a hilarious screenplay.

Michael Crawford carries this film. He is, in short, adorable as the sexually frustrated milquetoast Colin. Another actor may have played Colin as pathetic; Crawford seems to have insight as to Colin's predicament and instead plays him as a well-meaning innocent. Ray Brooks is suitably slimy as skirt-chasing Tolen. Rita Tushingham is the very portrait of a British bird circa 1965, and a fine comedienne at that. My favorite character in the film, though, is Donal Donnelly as Tom. He really serves no ostensible purpose other than comic relief, which he amply provides. His timing is wonderful, especially playing off Ray Brooks.

Lines from the screenplay make me laugh as I think about them, and the various plays on words throughout the film are incredibly clever.

"Skirt is meat." Watch this film and see what I mean.


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