Summer Holiday (1963)

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This was the first feature-length film for successful British director Peter Yates and it was also a winner, in part, because its star Cliff Richard was Britain's hottest rock 'n roll property in the early '60s. The title song, in fact, climbed to No. 1 in the charts in Britain. The tale centers around Don (Richard) and his two friends as they take off in a double-decker London bus to travel around Europe and see the sights. Along the way from France to Greece they manage to give rides to a variety of interesting people -- especially a few young women. They come across an itinerant troupe of entertainers and a young boy, who actually turns out to be a young woman hiding from her overbearing mother and her agent. Both the mother and the agent threaten to turn the "bus ride" into a disaster, yet the spirit of the young men and women overcome all obstacles, to the tune of several major production numbers. Cliff Richard had a "Sir" prefixed to his name in 1995, after many years of charity work.

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Critic Reviews for Summer Holiday

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A star vehicle for Cliff Richard that aims high, but continually slops into the second-rate through lack of inventiveness in narrative and dancing.

Feb 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Summer Holiday

Brilliant musical. Four guys tour around Europe on a London double decker bus. They pick up three girls when their car breaks down and there is one stowaway. Great music and dancing. A lot of fun.

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