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      Gypsy Girl

      1965 1 hr. 42 min. Drama Romance List
      Reviews 59% 100+ Ratings Audience Score A simple teenager (Hayley Mills) falls in love with a handsome Gypsy (Ian McShane) after he saves her from drowning. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Free-spiritness, innocence, village bigotry and the start of a love story, there a lot going on here and its not quite that obvious what theme is supposed to be dominant. This matters little as its a strong enough piece of cinema with the most interesting character within the film being the local Vicar. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member I did not much care for this film the first time I saw it, but a second viewing created a more favorable impression. The acting is very good all around, particularly from the talented Hayley Mills, who holds my attention at every moment that she is on screen. Ian McShane, too, is quite convincing as the young Gypsy man, Roibin. Also deserving of special praise is Geoffrey Bayldon as the vicar. For a change, it is nice to see a church pastor portrayed in a positive light. The direction (John Mills) is always acceptable and at times much more than that. The fleeing of Brydie White is nicely handled with swiftly moving camera and quick cuts. Close-ups are very effective indeed, especially of Brydie, Roibin, and Rev. Moss. I love the way Hayley Mills invests her character with tiny facial mannerisms that almost certainly were not in the script. For example, watch her while Brydie is recuperating in the wagon's bed. Her look of confusion when she wakes up, views her surroundings, and later tastes the hedgehog soup is so real and convincing! She is just a brilliant and captivating actress who is able to make her roles come to life in a believable way. Hayley is, of course, utterly beautiful throughout every frame of the film, and it is no wonder why the Gypsy would be so smitten by Brydie's charms. The acting of village children is rather a hit and miss proposition, sometimes quite good and often impossibly stagey. Plaudits, too, for Brydie's loveable canine companion, "Dog," whose real name is "Hamlet." Be sure to see the image gallery, which is one of the DVD's bonus extras. It contains lots of black-and-white shots from behind the scenes. Several show Hayley Mills's father (director John Mills) and mother (writer Mary Hayley Bell) during the days of production. Not a perfect film, by any means, but if you liked the far superior "Whistle Down the Wind," you will probably find something to enjoy here as well. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The screenplay is Forbidden Games minus the subtlety, but the execution is surprisingly good. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Seriously one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. I assume Hayley Mills did it because her mom wrote it and her dad directed it, but I have no idea what Ian McShane was thinking. This is supposed to be a love story that examines parent child relationships, post traumatic stress disorder and the relations between British people and the Roma, but it's a horribly muddled disturbingly inadequate mishmash of stereotypes and dodgy characterization. I kind of feel unclean after watching it. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Strong start, a variation on FOEBIDDEN GAMES gives way to a somewhat weak love story. Mills is excellent as is Geoffrey Bayldon as the befuddled but reasonable vicar. Ian McShane as the gypsy in love with Mills comes off as lecherous. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member hayley mills plays traumatised teenager who discovers romance with a gypsy.... moderatly appealing movie of which hayley is obviously the only talent {which one would expect considering john mills directed}. uncomplicated, entertaining, and mostly fluffy Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Richard Schickel LIFE It is merely what it is -- an atypical film about atypical people living in what is now an atypical environment. But it is also, as movies run today, atypically honest, modest and humane. Aug 30, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A simple teenager (Hayley Mills) falls in love with a handsome Gypsy (Ian McShane) after he saves her from drowning.
      Director
      John Mills
      Screenwriter
      Mary Bell, John Prebble
      Genre
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      English