The Boy Friend G

The star has injured an ankle, but the show -- and inexperienced stage assistant Polly Browne -- must go on. Fashion icon Twiggy makes her screen debut as sweet-natured Polly, a role played earlier by Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut.
The Boy Friend
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  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 27, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1971
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Note: Vintage Featurette All Talking...All Singing...All Dancing
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 12


User Ratings: 880
Rating: 3/4 -- THE BOY FRIEND is a sincere celebration of the musical from a camp point of view. And let it be said Russell discovered Tommy Tune many years before Broadway did. Full Review
TV Guide
Jan 11, 2019
Rating: 3/5 -- More a lesson in style (Ken Russell) than anything memorable, even with Twiggy.
Feb 21, 2008
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Even when he's not deliberately doing Berkeley takeoffs, (Ken Russell's) camera is so joyless that it undermines every scene. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
...It's a delight....A loving memento of what the movies meant in a Depression-ridden world...
Los Angeles Times
Jun 19, 1987
The result is undeniably fun and spectacular even on a limited budget, but the chief coup was the risky casting of fashion icon Twiggy, who proved herself a screen natural.
Sight and Sound
Jan 1, 2012
It's a delight, one of the high points of Russell's extravagantly uneven career. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Jan 8, 2019
It is an acute, duplicitous, discomfiting movie whose message, finally, is that all times are tough for the people who must live through them, and glow golden only for those who survive them, or imagine them. Full Review
Aug 30, 2019

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The star has injured an ankle, but the show -- and inexperienced stage assistant Polly Browne -- must go on. Break a leg, kid. And don't let the presence of Hollywood director and talent scout Mr. De Thrill add any pressure. And so begins this colorful tale of theater hopefuls with stars in their eyes and greasepaint in their veins, a work that, under the guidance of director Ken Russell, is not just an affectionate filmization of Sandy Wilson's London/Broadway stage hit but also an homage to the movie stagings of Busby Berkeley -- complete with imaginative use of kaleidoscopic top shots and rows of leggy chorines. Fashion icon Twiggy makes her screen debut as sweet-natured Polly, a role played earlier by Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut. Curtain up. Maybe someone will be discovered tonight.

Product Description:

A new star is born when the leading lady of this second rate theatre troupe sprains her ankle. The pretty assistant stage manager is ready to step in. But when the cast discovers that there is a Hollywood director in the audience this night, everyone has illusions of stardom. Academy Award Nominations: Best Song Score.

Plot Synopsis:

Ken Russell's delightfully charming musical recalls the plays and films of the 1930s, especially those of Busby Berkeley.
When the imperious star of a two-bit show called "The Boy Friend" gets injured and can't go on, a sweet and shy unknown is forced to step into her shoes. Will she find fame and win the heart of her handsome co-star, too'
Features a number of classic songs such as "All I Do Is Dream of You" and "You Are My Lucky Star".


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