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The Boy Friend G

The star has injured an ankle, but the show -- and inexperienced stage assistant Polly Browne -- must go on. Fashion icon Twiggy makes her screen debut as sweet-natured Polly, a role played earlier by Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut.
The Boy Friend
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 27, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1971
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Note: Vintage Featurette All Talking...All Singing...All Dancing
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Fresh83%

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Total Count: 12

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 880
Rating: 5/5 -- for restored director's cut
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Apr 2, 2004
...It's a delight....A loving memento of what the movies meant in a Depression-ridden world...
Los Angeles Times
Jun 19, 1987
Rating: 3/4 -- THE BOY FRIEND is a sincere celebration of the musical from a camp point of view. And let it be said Russell discovered Tommy Tune many years before Broadway did. Full Review
TV Guide
Jan 11, 2019
It is an acute, duplicitous, discomfiting movie whose message, finally, is that all times are tough for the people who must live through them, and glow golden only for those who survive them, or imagine them. Full Review
LIFE
Aug 30, 2019
Rating: B- -- Ken Russell's film version of the popular stage musical is, as expected, extravagant and campy in style, but it has charm and fashion model Twiggy shows interesting screen presence. Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Jun 20, 2005
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Even when he's not deliberately doing Berkeley takeoffs, (Ken Russell's) camera is so joyless that it undermines every scene. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
It is delightful entertainment, novel and engaging. Full Review
Variety
Mar 26, 2009

Description by OLDIES.com:

The star has injured an ankle, but the show -- and inexperienced stage assistant Polly Browne -- must go on. Break a leg, kid. And don't let the presence of Hollywood director and talent scout Mr. De Thrill add any pressure. And so begins this colorful tale of theater hopefuls with stars in their eyes and greasepaint in their veins, a work that, under the guidance of director Ken Russell, is not just an affectionate filmization of Sandy Wilson's London/Broadway stage hit but also an homage to the movie stagings of Busby Berkeley -- complete with imaginative use of kaleidoscopic top shots and rows of leggy chorines. Fashion icon Twiggy makes her screen debut as sweet-natured Polly, a role played earlier by Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut. Curtain up. Maybe someone will be discovered tonight.

Product Description:

A new star is born when the leading lady of this second rate theatre troupe sprains her ankle. The pretty assistant stage manager is ready to step in. But when the cast discovers that there is a Hollywood director in the audience this night, everyone has illusions of stardom. Academy Award Nominations: Best Song Score.

Plot Synopsis:

Ken Russell's delightfully charming musical recalls the plays and films of the 1930s, especially those of Busby Berkeley.
When the imperious star of a two-bit show called "The Boy Friend" gets injured and can't go on, a sweet and shy unknown is forced to step into her shoes. Will she find fame and win the heart of her handsome co-star, too'
Features a number of classic songs such as "All I Do Is Dream of You" and "You Are My Lucky Star".

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Warner Archive Collection

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 15,096
  • UPC: 883316331095
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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