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Gypsy Girl (1966)

Sky West and Crooked (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | July 1966 (USA)
A young, lonely, emotionally challenged teenage girl finds solace in burying dead animals after the sudden traumatic death of a childhood friend 10 years earlier.

Director:

John Mills

Writers:

Mary Hayley Bell (screenplay), John Prebble (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Brydie White
Annette Crosbie ... Mrs. White
Laurence Naismith ... Edwin Dacres
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Philip Moss
Pauline Jameson ... Mrs. Moss
Norman Bird ... Cheeseman
June Ellis June Ellis ... Mrs. Cheeseman
Hamilton Dyce Hamilton Dyce ... Bill Slim
Judith Furse ... Mrs. Rigby
Anne Blake ... Mrs. Potts
Jack Bligh Jack Bligh ... Fred Strong
Michael Nightingale Michael Nightingale ... Doctor
Wyn Jones Wyn Jones ... Miller
Dafydd Havard ... Schoolmaster
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Hubberd
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Storyline

Seventeen year old Brydie White is emotionally stunted due to an accidental shooting death with which she was involved when she was an adolescent, the incident which she doesn't remember. Mrs. White, a widow, recluse and alcoholic, still treats her daughter like a child, although she pays her daughter little attention. However, Brydie is physically becoming a young woman. Always fascinated by death, Brydie's new pastime is to bury any dead animal in the local church graveyard. She has convinced all the young children of her small English rural town to do the same, the animal plots complete with grave markers. These animal burials are the last straw for many of the townsfolk, who see Brydie as a menace and bad influence who should be locked away. The vicar, Reverend Phillip Moss, although as perturbed by the animal graves as anyone, does understand Brydie's position more than anyone in the town and wants to do what is best for her. When it looks that Brydie is in some real danger, ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gypsy Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

The West Country, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
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Trivia

This film was made under the working title, "Bats With Baby Faces", but John Mills was persuaded to change it on the grounds that people might think it was a Hammer horror movie about vampires. Many critics noted that the new title would simply be incomprehensible to the casual movie-goer, although it is approximately explained during the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version sold to cable television by the Samuel Goldwyn Company omits the opening theme song sung by Hayley Mills, replacing it with the background score, this despite a song credit in the opening scroll. See more »

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Featured in Film Preview: Episode #1.3 (1966) See more »

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charming
16 October 2000 | by sswensonSee all my reviews

An emotionally backward girl falls for a local gypsy. Coming-of-age film relies on setting (1960s British countryside) and strong character development for charm. Sure direction steers away from sappiness and holds interest despite the thin plot. A fine companion to "Railway Children". (Rating: A-minus)


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