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Having a Wild Weekend
     

Having a Wild Weekend

Director: John Boorman, Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson, Barbara Ferris

Cast: John Boorman, Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson, Barbara Ferris

 
At one time, The Dave Clark Five were considered the Beatles' key rivals in international pop stardom, and so, when the Fab Four made a smash at the box office with A Hard Day's Night, Mr. Clark and his partners followed with Catch Us If You Can (also known as Having A Wild Weekend). Dinah (Barbara Ferris) is a famous model and actress who is

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At one time, The Dave Clark Five were considered the Beatles' key rivals in international pop stardom, and so, when the Fab Four made a smash at the box office with A Hard Day's Night, Mr. Clark and his partners followed with Catch Us If You Can (also known as Having A Wild Weekend). Dinah (Barbara Ferris) is a famous model and actress who is getting tired of life in the limelight and wants to take a break. While shooting a commercial spot for meat, she meets Steve (Dave Clark), a stuntman. Dinah and Steve hit it off and decide to head to an island to get away from it all (bringing along four of Steve's friends, Mike Smith, Lenny Davidson, Denis West Payton, and Rick Huxley, who -- surprise! -- play music with him). Before long, Dinah is reported missing and everyone is looking for her, making their getaway anything but tranquil. While A Hard Day's Night launched director Richard Lester into international success, Catch Us If You Can was the feature debut for John Boorman, who similarly went on to bigger and better projects. Songs featured include "I Can't Stand It," "Catch Us If You Can," and "Having A Wild Weekend."

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All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Catch Us If You Can (better known in the USA as Having A Wild Weekend) is a better film than it seemingly has a right to be. Produced by Nat Cohen under the aegis of Anglo-Amalgamated Pictures, it was intended to exploit the fame of the Dave Clark Five who, at that time, were the second biggest selling British rock 'n' roll act after the Beatles, who had enjoyed such an unexpected hit with Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night the previous year. And for all that the intended audience could have cared, Dave Clark and company could have just stood their miming their songs for an hour and it would have made a fortune. But screenwriter Peter Nichols (whose other credits include Georgy Girl and A Day In The Death of Joe Egg) delivered a much more serious script than anything than Lester or the Beatles ever thought of working with, and director John Boorman rose to the occasion. Catch Us If You Can does have some of the happy-go-lucky scenes one would expect of a juke-box movie of this era, and captures the mood of Swinging London before it became a tourist attraction (and could still be captured adequately and acceptably in black-and-white, courtesy of cinematographer Manny Wynne, whose other credits include The Luck Of Ginger Coffey and Smashing Time); but it also has a dark, serious edge amid its satire of the advertising and media industries, and the romantic flight of the two mismatched lovers (Dave Clark, Barbara Ferris); and a sinister side to several of the supporting characters, which left audiences at the time wondering precisely what it was that they'd seen. The ominous presence of water images, especially, anticipates some of Boorman's better-known later work (in Deliverance, particularly), whilst the bleak landscapes that Clark and Ferris's characters cross calls to mind the contemporary work of transplanted American stlyist Joseph Losey. The movie was probably too serious for most Dave Clark Five fans, assuming they even noticed the plot or images (and several of the songs -- especially the title track -- were excellent) amid the sight gags and frantic pacing of Gordon Pilkington's editing. But it's because of those very same dark tones that the movie retains its fascination 40+ years later, an attribute shared by precious few films in this genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2012
UPC:
0883316616918
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
14,174

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dave Clark Steve
Lenny Davidson Lenny
Barbara Ferris Dinah
Rick Huxley Rick
David Lodge Louis
Robin Bailey Guy
Mike Smith Mike
Yootha Joyce Nan
Denis Payton Denis
David de Keyser Zissell
Robert Lang Whiting
Clive Swift Duffle
Ronald Lacey Beatnik
Hugh Walters Grey
Michael Gwynn Hardingford
Marianne Stone Mrs. Vera Stone
Donald Morley Barker
Michael Blakemore Officer
Julian Holloway Assistant Director
Peter Eyre Art Director
Sheila Fearn Shirley
Anthony Gardner Director
Susan Hanson Laraine
John Jones Drinker
Alan Lake Cameraman
Peter Nichols Photographer
Dave Clark Five Actor

Technical Credits
John Boorman Director
Dave Clark Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Lenny Davidson Songwriter
David Deutsch Producer
Sally Jacobs Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Smith Songwriter
Peter Nichols Screenwriter
Denis Payton Songwriter
Gordon Pilkington Editor
Tony Woollard Production Designer
Manny Wynn Cinematographer

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