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Looks and Smiles (1981)

Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield, who has, unlike Dickens' Pip, no expectations. Mick lives with his parents... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Loach (as Kenneth Loach)

Writer:

Barry Hines (script)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Green ... Michael 'Mick' Walsh
Carolyn Nicholson Carolyn Nicholson ... Karen Lodge
Tony Pitts ... Alan Wright
Roy Haywood Roy Haywood ... Phil
Phil Askham Phil Askham ... Mr. Walsh
Pam Darrell Pam Darrell ... Mrs. Walsh
Tracey Goodlad Tracey Goodlad ... Julie
Patti Nicholls Patti Nicholls ... Mrs. Wright
Cilla Mason Cilla Mason ... Mrs. Lodge
Les Hickin Les Hickin ... George
Arthur Davies Arthur Davies ... Eric Lodge
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ... Jenny (as Deidre Costello)
Jackie Shinn Jackie Shinn ... Gatekeeper
Christine Francis Christine Francis ... Careers Officer
Rita May Rita May ... Receptionist
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Storyline

Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield, who has, unlike Dickens' Pip, no expectations. Mick lives with his parents, works on his motorbike, looks for work, and every two weeks gets his check from the dole. There are no jobs. His best mate Alan joins the army to fix tanks and is sent to Belfast to quell Catholics. At a disco, Mick meets Karen, who works at a shoe shop and lives with her recently-separated mom. Karen misses her dad. She offers Mick emotional stability and a route to adulthood; Alan pitches the army. Does Mick have a future? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1983 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Erwartungen und Enttäuschungen See more »

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When the film premiered at the New York Film Festival, the New York Times gave a generally positive review but complained about the Sheffield dialect used in the film, saying "a great deal of the dialogue remains unintelligible to the American ear". See more »

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