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The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)

The Knack ...and How to Get It (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 7 July 1965 (France)
Cool and sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naive and awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a... See full summary »

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Cool and sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naive and awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece of it. But when Colin falls for an innocent country girl (Rita Tushingham), its not long before the self-assured Tolen moves in for the kill. Is all fair in love and war, or can Colin get the the knack and beat Tolen at his own game? Written by Noel Kardaris

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7 July 1965 (France)  »

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The Knack... and How to Get It  »

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$364,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,000,000, 31 January 1970
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The play is a much straighter affair. When Richard Lester came on board, he added his own unique touches such as straight-to-camera direct addresses, humorous subtitles and a Greek chorus of disapproving members of "the older generation". See more »

Quotes

Tom: What's the most frightening building in London?
Colin: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Tom: I believe you're right.
Nancy Jones: What's that?
Colin: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Nancy Jones: That's nice. That's true. That's a nice thing to say.
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Here Comes Nancy Now!
Written by John Barry
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marvelous persiflage of the 19-Sixties
12 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

'The knack (or how to get it)' makes a marvelous persiflage of the 19-Sixties and everything the era stands for.

It's all there: the generation gap with the people over forty, the urge to live your life differently than your parents do, the idealization of sex, and the then revolutionary new forms of art.

An extra dimension is added by the magnificent acting of Rita Tushingham, representing a sober & realistic look on life from the countryside.

However, I estimate that knowledge about the 19-Sixties is necessary to enjoy 'the knack' to the full. For those who haven't, this film must be meaningless and even boring -- having faded away by the passing of time already a long time ago.


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