The Boy Friend (1971)
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as Polly Browne
as Tony Brockhurst
as Percy Parkhill
as Rita Monroe
as Madame Dubonnet
as Lady Brockhurst
as De Thrill
as Tommy de Thtill
as Mrs. Peter
Critic Reviews for The Boy Friend
More a lesson in style (Ken Russell) than anything memorable, even with Twiggy.
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.
One of the filmmaker's most captivating and stylish works -- and the only one of his films to ever receive a G rating.
for restored director's cut
Delirious, hilarious, visually dazzling
Audience Reviews for The Boy Friend
Leave it to Ken Russell to direct a movie about putting on a play which is being being considered to be optioned as a movie while simultaneously being performed both on stage and in the actors personal lives. I adored this movie, it left me with a huge smile on my face for two hours. Ken Russell is my favorite for pretty much every reason in this film- the consistent style that never lets up and only gets more intense, dazzling visuals/costumes/makeup/sets/camera work, his indulgence in what he likes that borderlines on too much but always manages to save itself from becoming stale, a great sense of humor and iconic actors going over the top but to perfection. Twiggy is perfect in this role and fascinating to look at at every turn. Tommy Tune also steals the show.
Not easy to find, but well worth it for musical fans. The film is worth seeing for the amazing set and production design. Not to mention and fun cultural moment of Twiggy still in her prime. Fun and imaginative stuff.
a treat for musical fans, the restored version of flamboyant director ken russell's '71 homage to busby berkeley films, starring twiggy! the film is a bit long, including even an intermission, but it's marvelous flights of fantasy entertained me more than anything i've seen in awhile. russell uses the device of a play within the film, a cheap production mounted by a down and out theater troupe, with the time worn gimmick of the understudy going on for the injured star, a la ruby keeler. 60s supermodel twiggy had admirable screen presence and was a great dancer. an absolute delight. thx tcm!
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