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  • Actors: Twiggy, Christopher Gable
  • Directors: Ken Russell
  • Writers: Sandy Wilson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X63RRA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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Oh how I wished that we could do things as they were done in the movie!
MACK E. BROWN
The music, the costumes, the dancing, Twiggy and the other actors, are all marvelous.
sgordonmark
If ever they produce the 50th anniversary cd of this UK muiscal you should buy it.
roy tan

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
...it's a wonderful (and hilarious) movie!!
Most of the play is in this movie (on stage), but everything funny in this movie is on stage but has to do with things off stage or off stage.
I love the show, The Boy Friend and I am not at all offended at what Ken Russell did with it: one of the mains things is the Busby Berkeley style numbers (hilarious).
Other things I like about this movie is much of the casting: Twiggy is absolutely wonderful as Polly; Glenda Jackson makes an unforgettable appearence as Rita; Moyra Fraser has a great stage presence, playing Mme Dubonnet; Antonia Ellis is hilarious and steals the movie as the jerky Maisie; Georgina Hale is both cold and sweet as Fay; Tommy Tune could not have been better as Tommy (originally Bobby); Barbara Windsor is priceless as Hortense; Sally Bryant is great as the thick-headed Nancy; Murray Melvin is sweet as Alphonse; Max Adrien is fun as The Show's Director and Catherine Willmer is delightful as the Director's uptight wife.
I didn't really care much for Vladek Sheybal (De Thrill). I thouht he could have done much better. Christopher Gable (Tony) is much better off as a dancer. And Bryan Pringle was pretty lifeless.
The dream sequences are beautifully put together and wonderful with Christopher Gable's choreogrophy. The sets were beautiful (and way too complicated for an actual performance of The Boy Friend) and the props were hilarious. The backstage charactor personalities (along with reat actors) contributed so much to making this film funny. And I couldn't get enough of Busby Berkeley styled numbers.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By roy tan on April 12, 2003
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This year 2003 marked the 50th anniversary of Sandy's Wilson's THE BOY FRIEND. Not only the stage musical is a hit but Ken's Russell's film The Boy Friend should have given more credits.The film was cleverly put togther and the production is A class.At the right time this film should get a lot of oscar nominations for best director, best choreography and most of all best musical. If ever they produce the 50th anniversary cd of this UK muiscal you should buy it. Just to hear Lilian Montevecchi singing as Madame Dubonnet is worth getting the cd.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2002
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This extravagant, multi-layered roadshow was TWIGGY's, [that ultrawaif fashion darling, with the big blue eyes, now occasionally seen on episodes of "AB/FAB"] movie debut! Then strangely compared to Garbo [same thing happened to Berenson "Barry Lyndon"] - she certainly did make us sit up and take notice!
Only Ken Russell could do justice to this fun, but flimsy little work [originally a break-through vehicle for Julie Andrews] and only Ken Russell [then a very hot ticket] could turn it into a multi-layered fantasy basically about a 2nd rate - no make that 3rd rate Anglo Theatrical Group's matinee performance. Not only do we go "behind the scenes" we also see the show through the eyes of a visiting [anonymous] Hollywood Movie Mogul, watching the show from the stalls, all hell breaks out as the actors, as actors only can, try to upstage each other in a futile bid for Stardom! Very funny stuff, especially some of the extreme close-ups of the performers, certainly a world of illusion on stage! But the Mogul has other interests.....
TWIGGS is the unlikely Assistant Stage Manager thrust into Stardom [shades of 42nd street here, well meant] since the actual star [an originally unbilled Glenda Jackson - literally brings new meaning to the "Break a Leg Darling" comment].
Rest of the cast? Russell alumni abound - Christopher Gable ["Music Lovers"] as the on-stage love interest, Murray Melvin ["The Devils"] - the ageless Chorus Boy type, Georgina Hale ["Mahler"], blonde and beautiful, suitably covered this time, not forgetting Max Adrian ["The Devils", "Music Lovers", etc.] as "Max" the director of our troupe, and Vladek Sheybal ["Music Lovers", etc.] as "De Thrill" - not quite on the hunt for new Hollywood talent ..... also TOMMY TUNE's debut [naturally, brilliant tap sequences!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Beth on November 11, 2002
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No this is not based on the original "Boy Friend", so all of you original fans will have to go elsewhere. I thought the original was outdated so was delighted with Ken Russell adding a backstage story and straight out going druggy.. I think 30 minutes should have been edited, (explains why it's only 4.)
The main surprise in this movie is Twiggy. People who dismissed her as a phase in modeling should watch this. She sang wonderfully back in the 70's. She had a sweet gentle voice. I think the soundtrack of this movie should be released. I just bought the record and am happy with it. Also this movie is flat out magical. I had many daydreams about it when I was 15.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ilse von Hoffmanstahl on September 9, 2005
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I was actually in a production of 'The Boy Friend' and we watched this movie and just tore it to shreds. Then someone bought it for me and I watched it again.

Needless to say, many dozens of viewings later, I love this movie. The songs will stick in your head, and it brings me back to a time when I too had dreams of dancing in the spotlight. Being familiar with backstage culture, I could identify with all the prop gaffes, costume malfunctions, botched lines, offstage drama, and killer egos. Glorious fun!

Twiggy is such a cutie, and she's perfect for the role of Polly--she would have been very fashionable for the 20's! The only thing I still think is a little odd are the dream-like sequences, but they're lavish and quite funny.

'Maisie' is my very favorite--the way she dances can only be described as athletic, and she's got an endless supply of moxie. Her 'duel' with Tommy over the attentions of DeThrill is probably my favorite number of the entire movie.

This probably shouldn't be shown to kids younger than 13--there's some sexual innuendo and the humor gets a little suggestive in places. Otherwise, it's a marvel of set decoration, precision dancing in the Busby Berkeley tradition, and a good spoof of the early days of 'talkies' as well as the drama--onstage and off--of theatre.

Now if it only could come out on DVD so I wouldn't be anxious about wearing out my video!
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