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Beat Girl 1960 12

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Edmond T. Gréville

A cult classic British film about late-fifties youth-rebellion set against an intoxicating Beatnik backdrop. The film tells the story of Paul (David Farrar), a divorced architect who marries a Parisian named Nichole (Noëlle Adam), much to the displeasure of his teenage daughter Jennifer (Gillian Hills). In a bid to rebel Jennifer falls in with the London beatnik scene and a music-fuelled life of juvenile delinquency.

Taking an immediate dislike to her stepmother Jenny goes out of her way to make life miserable for Nichole. When she discovers that Nichole is a friend of a stripper, she investigates and uses her stepmother's sordid past to embarrass her father.

With an all-star cast including David Farrar (Black Narcissus, The Small Back Room,) Shirley Anne Field (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Peeping Tom), Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings, Dracula) and a young Oliver Reed (Gladiator, Oliver!), the film is notable for its original music by composer John Barry, his first film commission, and the debut appearance of teen idol Adam Faith. Actress Gillian Hills went on to work with Antonioni (Blow Up) and Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange) and was the star of the cult television series The Owl Service.

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Directed by

Edmond T. Gréville

Featuring

Gillian Hills

Oliver Reed

Shirley Anne Field

Christopher Lee

Noëlle Adam

David Farrar

Genres

Drama Musical

Tags

Soho Striptease Pop music (1950-) Family Architecture Teenagers Delinquency Jazz music Rock and Roll (music)

Collection

Beat Generations Cult Cinema Closed Captions Other Grooves

Certificate

12 moderate bad language, nudity

Released

1960

Country

United Kingdom

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