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The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

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A group of young British soldiers billeted in Singapore of the year 1950 dreaming about winning the love of the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major.

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John Dexter

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Leslie Thomas (novel), John Hopkins (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynn Redgrave ... Phillipa Raskin
Hywel Bennett ... Brigg
Nigel Davenport ... Sergeant Driscoll
Nigel Patrick ... R.S.M. Raskin
Rachel Kempson ... Mrs. Raskin
Jack Shepherd ... Sergeant Wellbeloved
Michael Gwynn ... Lt. Col. Bromley-Pickering
Tsai Chin ... Juicy Lucy
Christopher Timothy ... Cpl. Brook
Don Hawkins Don Hawkins ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Tasker
Geoffrey Hughes ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Lantry
Roy Holder ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Fenwick
Riggs O'Hara Riggs O'Hara ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Sinclair
Gregory Phillips Gregory Phillips ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Foster
Wayne Sleep Wayne Sleep ... 'The Virgin Soldiers' - Villiers
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A group of young British soldiers billeted in Singapore of the year 1950 dreaming about winning the love of the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major. Written by Volker Boehm

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Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1970 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Bakir askerler See more »

Filming Locations:

Malaya See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When extras playing soldiers in the film trudged into Pinewood Lake on the studio's lot, they bumped into submerged cans of priceless British films from the 30s. The nitrate copies of these films was considered too unstable to be stored in crowded London during the Blitz, so they were stored in the more rural Pinewood Studios. The decomposing, dangerously flammable film was ultimately consigned to the lake as those in charge could not imagine their future value in the home entertainment industry. See more »

Goofs

During the dance Nigel Davenport (Sgt) addressed Nigel Patrick (Sgt Major) as 'Sir'. As an NCO he would not be addressed as 'Sir'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Diary of a Rape (1971) See more »

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God Save the King
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All so true .....
6 February 2012 | by boblam_See all my reviews

Having seen this again i must say it gets better. I view it from the perspective of a soldier serving in Malaya, as it was at the time, in the mid-1950's the period in which the film is set. So much of the behaviour is very true to the real thing. In fact i almost see it as a commentary on army life at the time. The plot is almost credible , you would have to have been there. The 'atmosphere' of the period and place is captured in the b+w format. If anyone wants to know what army life was like in mid 1950's Malaya then this film will tell you more than any academic study. It certainly reflects the peculiar fun and horrors of National Service life. The plot thins towards the end but what precedes it makes viewing worth while.


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