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A Place to Go (1963)

| Crime, Drama | July 1963 (UK)
In 1960s Britain, a young man employed by a cigarette factory is tired of his working class status and joins a gang planning to rob the factory warehouse.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Michael Fisher (novel), Michael Relph (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rita Tushingham ... Catherine Donovan
Michael Sarne Michael Sarne ... Ricky Flint (as Mike Sarne)
Bernard Lee ... Matt Flint
Doris Hare ... Lil Flint
John Slater ... Jack Ellerman
Barbara Ferris ... Betsy
David Andrews David Andrews ... Jim
William Marlowe ... Charlie Batey
Roy Kinnear ... Bunting
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Pug
Jerry Verno Jerry Verno ... Nobby Knowles
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Storyline

Amidst the pub sing-songs and bombsites and with slums giving way to high-rise flats, life in Bethnal Green is changing for the Flints. Dad may decide to quit the docks and their daughter wants a new home with her husband and expected baby. Son Ricky is dissatisfied with his lot and equally eager to get away. Involved with a planned robbery of the cigarette factory where he works, his life becomes even more complicated when he gets involved with quirky Catherine. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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... the punch-up romance of the year ...

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bethnal Green See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

GBP155,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes for this film were shot at Clapton Greyhound Stadium. Clapton dog track opened 1928, closed 1974. See more »

Goofs

When Ricky 'borrows' his brother-in-law's lorry, the front left headlight isn't working. In the next shot it is and then isn't again subsequently.

This is quite possible, but in the UK post WW2 it was a requirement for headlights to operate on a 'dip and out' system where on full beam both lamps were lit, but on dip beam the kerbside lamp was turned off while the off side lamp was dipped but still illuminated. See more »

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Featured in Welsh Greats: Doris Hare (2012) See more »

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A Place to Go
Music and Lyrics by Charles Blackwell
In Collaboration with Michael Sarne (as Mike Sarne)
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The 'lovely Rita Tushingham?'
26 July 2011 | by davidcorne245See all my reviews

After reading the first review of this film I was tempted to say that the reviewer should have gone to Specsavers. Talking about 'the lovely Rita Tushingham' made me think this. She may have been a good actress, but lovely she certainly wasn't. Mike Sarne used this film as a vehicle to prove that not only he couldn't sing, but couldn't act either. The one saving grace for me as someone who worked in Bethnal Green around this time the film was made was the jogging of my memory of streets, neighbourhood and people long gone. The sight of Doris Hare belittling Bernard Lee at the family meal table was as embarrassing as the bedroom clinch they later shared. The scene where Lee sets light to the Christmas decorations is just laughable and how Sarne and Tushingham spent time canoodling in a derelict bombed out building probably running alive with rats was as ridiculous as casting John Slater as the local gangster. Like Lee who played an escapologist (not a very good one at that)who struggled to free himself of the chains he was bound by, I couldn't get out of the cinema quick enough!


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