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      The Knack... and How to Get It

      Released Jun 29, 1965 1h 24m Comedy List
      72% Tomatometer 18 Reviews 68% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Desperate to improve his luck with women, London schoolteacher Colin (Michael Crawford) enlists his artist roommate, Tom (Donal Donnelly), to help drag a brass bed back to their flat. Along the way they meet Nancy (Rita Tushingham), a new girl in town, who follows them home. There they encounter Tolen (Ray Brooks), the third roommate and a consummate lady-killer. He tries to help Colin seduce Nancy, but ends up whisking her away on his motorcycle instead, and Colin is determined to get her back. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      John Russell Taylor Sight & Sound The sets by television designer Assheton Gorton only emphasise one's earlier mystification that the British cinema has not made more use of his remarkable talents. Mar 31, 2020 Full Review Pauline Kael McCall's In The Knack, the running jokes and gags never come off. Sep 20, 2023 Full Review Elizabeth Hardwick Vogue The Knack is very funny. Richard Lester, its director, is an original talent with a sense of this very minute. Jun 20, 2023 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand ... a delightfully frivolous take on swinging London and the sexual revolution. Oct 9, 2022 Full Review Judith Crist New York Herald Tribune Richard Lester, the director who demonstrated his own knack with A Hard Day's Night, knows just how to disorganize a fragile little plot to make it a wonderfully rollicking, go-with-the-breeze film. Aug 15, 2022 Full Review Edward Zatlyn Los Angeles Free Press The screenplay by Charles Wood (based on the play by Ann Jellicoe) is alive, written for the cinema with as many sight gags and visual trips as can be packed or stacked into the thin little story line. Feb 4, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Leaburn O Not the best Palme D'Or winner. Crawford stars so it is a humourous version of The Servant in my eyes. Bit weird and difficult to follow or care about. Watched on DVD. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/26/24 Full Review steve d If this is the Knack, I don't want it. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Fantastically tongue-in-cheek social critique! Love the narrative and editing experimentation going on here. Made me laugh quite a bit. The two male leads are the kind of people you love to hate, but the film doesn't initially frame them in a negative light which I liked. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member This is the movie Richard Lester made in between his two Beatles movies. It couldn't be more 1965. Phantom of the Opera fans might enjoy seeing Michael Crawford as a shy nerd. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member La revolucion sexual de los 60s y el arte de la conquista en un tono farsico y comico que sacara mas de una sonrisa. Se puede ver. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting little Mod movie. If you like the quick dialogue style of the Beatles movies, you might like this. Veers off into a disturbingly un-PC tangent at one point, though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Desperate to improve his luck with women, London schoolteacher Colin (Michael Crawford) enlists his artist roommate, Tom (Donal Donnelly), to help drag a brass bed back to their flat. Along the way they meet Nancy (Rita Tushingham), a new girl in town, who follows them home. There they encounter Tolen (Ray Brooks), the third roommate and a consummate lady-killer. He tries to help Colin seduce Nancy, but ends up whisking her away on his motorcycle instead, and Colin is determined to get her back.
      Director
      Richard Lester
      Producer
      Oscar Lewenstein
      Screenwriter
      Charles Wood
      Distributor
      Lopert Pictures Corp.
      Production Co
      Woodfall Film Productions
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 29, 1965, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 16, 2008
      Runtime
      1h 24m
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