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      Expresso Bongo

      1959 1h 51m Musical Comedy List
      40% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 42% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A talent agent named Johnny Jackson (Laurence Harvey) tries to resurrect his flagging career when he stumbles upon a talented young rock 'n' roll musician, Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard). Although Rudge protests and says he doesn't want to be a star, Jackson transforms the youth into a teen idol, renaming him Bongo Herbert. Pretty soon, Bongo Herbert is making it big, with a single hitting the charts and Jackson pulling the strings. But, as the two find out, success is fleeting. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Frank J. Avella Edge Media Network Expresso Bongo has much to recommend it. Firstly, the film has a clever script (by Wolf Mankowitz, based on Julian More's play) with hilarious, yet keen, moments (the Rudge family scenes are priceless). Rated: B Feb 7, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy More successful as a satire about show biz sleaze than as a bouncy musical. Rated: 3/4 Jan 22, 2022 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin In broadening the humour of his original play and watering down some of its more savage satire, presumably in the hope of appealing to a mass audience, Wolf Mankowitz has fallen between two stools. Jan 24, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Has a charm all its own, but that's not enough to take the ringing of the bongo drums out of my ears. Rated: C+ Dec 20, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 28, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A funny, fast paced, breezy look at a scene few are aware even existed. The 1950s Soho coffee house scene in London was a brief flickering candle of hip and beat, well sent up in this black & white masterpiece. I've watched it several times and it never grows old. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Looked a bit like this was the start of Cliff Richard's career-movie , it could be but it wasn't ! Simple movie ...highlights 3 Cliff-songs ...SOMDVD Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member another early rock n roll pics Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A bit dated, but that almost adds to the interest of the film. Well acted by Laurence Harvey. Some great music, good score. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member cliff...he's not at wimbledon or church!) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Top stuff - make sure you see it. Or I'll batter you. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A talent agent named Johnny Jackson (Laurence Harvey) tries to resurrect his flagging career when he stumbles upon a talented young rock 'n' roll musician, Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard). Although Rudge protests and says he doesn't want to be a star, Jackson transforms the youth into a teen idol, renaming him Bongo Herbert. Pretty soon, Bongo Herbert is making it big, with a single hitting the charts and Jackson pulling the strings. But, as the two find out, success is fleeting.
      Director
      Val Guest
      Producer
      John Pennington, Val Guest
      Genre
      Musical, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jun 11, 2007
      Runtime
      1h 51m
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