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The System is set in a British seaside village where the local young men mingle among the summer's tourists in search of sexual conquests. The group's leader, Tinker (Oliver Reed), aims to entrap a fashion model (Jane Merrow) from a well-to-do family, but he finds himself unexpectedly falling in love. With the tables turned, Tinker begins to see that maybe it's not the tourists who are being used in these sexual games. Product Specs: DVD5: Dolby Digital Mono: 90 minutes: Color: Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 - 16x9: MPAA - PG: Year - 1964: SRP - $19.99.
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One note, this is an enjoyable drama, if you are into that kind of film, but is very much a regional story. The issue of resort towns and the people who live in them is often romanticized in films and television programs but, here, is taken to the uncomfortable reality of what it would actually be like to be a young person faced with life in such a place. From what I've been told, by older relatives and some younger acquaintances who have lived that reality, it still holds up as one of the more accurate portrayals of life in these seaside British towns, when the families and single tourists role in for their getaways.
Too bad substance abuse got to him later on.
rivals that of Tony Richardson and Lindsay Anderson. The System is one of the best of the cluttered Hard Day's Night Era films.
Shot by Nicholas Roeg and full of sparkling dialogue that sets up and then pillories early 60s morality and youth culture,
The System also features kids and adults twisting to pop music while living in a seaside English village whose traditions
seem leftover from the Middle Ages. David Hemmings plays a major supporting role; three years later he would exemplify
the spirit of Swinging London in Antonioni's Blow Up. A real unexpected pleasure that has elevated Michael Winner, for me,
into the pantheon of Great British Film Makers.
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But, he is still a great actor who passed on before his time