Smashing Time (1967)

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Smashing Time attempts to turn British actresses Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave into a female Laurel and Hardy. The film's second mistake is to prolong the joke for 96 minutes. Tushingham and Redgrave play a couple of dimwitted North Country girls who head to London, in hopes of breaking into the mad, mod world of fashion modeling. Instead they spend most of their screen time getting in each other's way and wreaking havoc on innocent pedestrians. The comic "highlight" of Smashing Time is supposed to be a mammoth pie fight; but outside of one cute throwaway gag involving a street minister, the sequence makes one wish, in the words of Laurel and Hardy buff Leonard Maltin, that Smashing Time "had been handled by someone other than [director] Desmond Davis." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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NR
Genre:
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Lynn Redgrave
as Yvonne
Michael York
as Tom Wabe
Irene Handl
as Mrs. Gimble
Murray Melvin
as 1st Exquisite
David Lodge
as The Caretaker
Paul Danquah
as 2nd Exquisite
Ian Carmichael
as Bobbi Mome-Rath
Valerie Leon
as Tove's Secretary
John Clive
as Sweenie Todd Manager
Peter Jones
as Dominic
Anna Quayle
as Charlotte Brilling
George A. Cooper
as Irishman
Cardew Robinson
as Custard-Pie Vicar
Jerold Wells
as Man in Cafe No. 6
Arthur Mullard
as Cafe Boss
Ronnie Stevens
as 1st Waiter
Jeremy Lloyd
as Jeremy Tove
Amy Dalby
as Demolished Old Lady
Bruce Lacey
as Clive Sword
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Critic Reviews for Smashing Time

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

But most of this the film is a delight, especially scenes revolving around Yvonne's continual abuse of Brenda.

December 31, 1999
Apollo Guide

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June 19, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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May 24, 2004
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October 31, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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July 30, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Smashing Time

"Smashing Time" is a mediocre movie, but it's lots of fun. Not exactly subtle, this British comedy is full of broad, farcical performances and actually has two -- two! -- major food-fight scenes. Is that a first? Yvonne (Lynn Redgrave) and Brenda (Rita Tushingham) have a ball as two daft birds visiting the big city, determined to become all the rage with the swinging Carnaby Street crowd. Yvonne is loud and ditzy, while Brenda is mousy and vulnerable. They flip through a few menial jobs, making a spectacular mess of whatever situation they enter, while also tangling with a cheeky tabloid photographer (the young Michael York). Eventually they stumble into show business via unlikely paths, which motivates one hilarious recording-session scene where every gimmick of the day (sitar, harp, girlie backup vocals) is awkwardly thrown into the mix. The other standout set pieces are a trendy art-gallery opening (booby-trapped robots are sold to people who want to feel nuclear paranoia at home) and a misfired bedroom seduction where a sleazy bounder (Ian Carmichael) puts the moves on Yvonne (too bad that a laxative joke doesn't pay off like it should). Slapstick humor is everywhere (the laundry bills must have been incredible), and the actors exaggerate every gesture, expression and regional accent. The psychedelic band Tomorrow (featuring a pre-Yes Steve Howe) has a small, non-musical role, and the score also includes several sweet songs that Redgrave and Tushingham warble themselves. This is definitely a period piece, but don't expect too much and you'll enjoy some silly laughs.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

Ok, this is very silly and wacky yet I found myself really liking it! This is a great satire on Swinging 60s London. Lynn Redgrave and Rita Tushingham play two girls from the North of England determined to make it big in swinging London. What follows is a series of crazy situations as the unlikely pair do find fame only to realize it's not really worth it. This film is so kitsch, with songs to match ("I can't sing but I'm young!"). If you love 60s style then your bound to like this, but this is not one to be taken seriously and overall is just a fun piece of nostalgia.

Emily B.
Emily B.

Super Reviewer

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