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      Gonks Go Beat

      1965 1h 30m Musical Comedy Sci-Fi List
      Reviews An alien (Kenneth Connor) hopes to create peace between Ballad Isle and Beat Land by fostering a romance between a guy from one place and a gal from the other. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member It's a bizarre storyline which in truth is only there to fill the gap between the musical numbers as this feels like a pseudo promo for the bands and artists involved. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member psychedelic Romeo and Juliet reworking. one of the worst films of all time Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member I watched this movie in Khormaksar, Aden,in an open-air RAF cinema. The year was 1966, the Radfan were shooting at us, and life was pretty depressing. Watching films was just about the only source of entertainment we had. However, this film was so atrociously bad that some of the audience left before the end. For that to happen it HAD to be appalling! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Awful, but brilliantly so. This is rock's very own "Plan 9 From Outer Space" : Cardboard sets and performances, non-existent plots and special effects, and even the songs are a bit creaky. Hideously self-referential (it's one thing to rip off Shakespeare, it's another thing to blatantly state you're doing so), terribly english, and it's even got a very young Charlie from Casualty in it. (His acting hasn't improved.) Even Lulu and the Nashville Teens somehow fail to shine. Best moments : the drum shootout and the Graham Bond Organisation. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Graham Bond's Harmonica Man song it's a boss. He's on his vox organ, dark glasses, and GROOVE! I taped from this movie a couple of songs (see Nashville Teens). Nice coloured scenario and good 60s mood. Worth to see it and to know more about swingin' London during mid 60s. (Blow up it's not enough!) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Never matches the brilliance of its title, but has some definite moments, like the jail full of synchronized drummers that reminded me of "5000 Fingers of Dr. T". Luckily the titular gonks don't figure much into the movie - they're less puppets and more throw pillows that people wave around. The narrative is a total non-starter (after half an hour of establishing setting one character proposes that they try stealing a plot point from Shakespeare just to get the action moving), but when the movie sticks to the music and the weird mise-en-scene it does fine. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis An alien (Kenneth Connor) hopes to create peace between Ballad Isle and Beat Land by fostering a romance between a guy from one place and a gal from the other.
      Director
      Robert Hartford-Davis
      Screenwriter
      Jimmy Watson
      Genre
      Musical, Comedy, Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Runtime
      1h 30m