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All the Right Noises (1971)

GP | | Comedy, Drama | January 1973 (USA)
A married theatre lighting technician with two small children has an affair with a teenage actress.

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Gerry O'Hara

Writer:

Gerry O'Hara
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Hussey ... Val
Tom Bell ... Len
Judy Carne ... Joy
John Standing ... Nigel
Yootha Joyce ... Mrs. Bird
Robert Keegan Robert Keegan ... Len's Father
Lesley-Anne Down ... Laura (as Lesley-Ann Down)
Marianne Stone ... Landlady
Gordon Griffin Gordon Griffin ... Terry
Edward Higgins Edward Higgins ... Ted
Rudolph Walker ... Gordon
Oscar James Oscar James ... Guard
Chrissie Shrimpton Chrissie Shrimpton ... Waitress
Peter Burton ... Stage Manager
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Stagedoor Keeper
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A married theatre lighting technician with two small children has an affair with a teenage actress.

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Is 15½ too young for a girl? Is one wife enough for one man? See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wszystkie wlasciwe posuniecia See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sculpture that Len (Tom Bell) and Val (Olivia Hussey) pass in the park is Henry Moore's "Three Standing Figures" (1948). The figures gaze blankly across the lake as if unsure of their future. This may be a metaphor for the situation in which the three main characters find themselves. See more »

Goofs

The pinball machine that Len and Val play in the pub is a 1966 Gottlieb "Cross Town" whose maximum displayable score is 1,999. Len cannot have scored the three thousand, three hundred and thirty three that he claims. See more »

Quotes

Len: What are watching this rubbish for? Sports Report's on the other side
[changes TV channel]
TV Commentator: So it's a corner to Chelsea. Hollins to Cooke to Osgood; across the goalmouth to Tambling... and it's a goal! A great goal to Chelsea... goal to Chelsea!
Len: Way-heh!
TV Commentator: ...Chelsea had left it too late; though they piled on the pressure...
Len: Would you believe it, eh? Getting done by a bunch of slags.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Sleaze-Orama?
15 December 2016 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

For some reason the theme of older man and younger girl seems a perennially popular one in French cinema and is usually done - film and relationship - with charm and some believability. The stories of Colette an influence but not entire explanation. In Gigi, the film based on a Colette story, young Leslie Caron is an engaging ingenue. Her ultimate fate is glossed over however her love interest is the older but attractive and ultimate French charmer, Louis Jourdan, someone who could probably win over any girl's mother in his project. UK films on this topic however tends towards a peculiar mixture of moralising and prurience - exploitation under the guise of exploring social issues.

Here the film entirely lacks charm (other than Olivia Hussey's innate kind) or believablility. Tom Bell, as ever, plays a bluff manly man's man, but is neither charmer nor seducer. Perhaps his appearance was fashionable at the time but the over-long all-round facial hair gives him a slightly furtive appearance - a sort of hair-hoody, slightly suggestive of dirty-mac schoolyard-loiterer. His performance seems low key - as if hoping that few people will notice he's in the cast. Olivia Hussey, having just charmed the world with her youngest sweetest prettiest of Juliets, is an odd choice here - more a dirty mac fantasy than anything remotely believable. In real life a girl of such extraordinary prettiness would have experienced the interest and (usually) tiresome attentions of older men, would thus have well known her attractiveness and chosen someone special, whatever their age, of equal or greater attractiveness either of looks, style, manner, education, sophistication or simply very rich - not an ordinary middle-aged geezer. Putting aside the improbability, the story-line itself is so-so. The casting of Olivia Hussey makes the film ridiculous.


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