Smashing Time

Smashing Time

Director: Desmond Davis

Cast: Desmond Davis, Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave, Michael York

     
 

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Director Desmond Davis' look at Swinging Sixties London, Smashing Time, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Although there are no extra features, the picture and sound

Overview

Director Desmond Davis' look at Swinging Sixties London, Smashing Time, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Although there are no extra features, the picture and sound quality are both high, making this disc worthwhile to anybody interested in the late '60s.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Smashing Time is a very enjoyable little comedy, but it's even more enjoyable as a time capsule. Although definitely a satire, and therefore employing some exaggeration, most of Smashing does a very good job of capturing the specific look and atmosphere of 1960s "mod" London. Those who know of the era only through Austin Powers and similar films should definitely grab a look at Smashing and see what the real thing was like. As a film rather than a snapshot of an era, Smashing is subject to greater scrutiny, and it definitely has flaws. The comedy is overly broad, the slapstick sequences (especially the obligatory pie fight) don't work as well as they ought to, and Desmond Davis' direction isn't as "with it" as it thinks it is. Smashing needs a Richard Lester, and while Davis' work is solid and respectable, it's too traditional for the material. Smashing's stars work very well together, with Lynn Redgrave's brash and confident Yvonne and Rita Tushingham's initially shy and adorable Brenda working as perfect foils for each other. Ian Carmichael is a marvelous upper-class lech, Anna Quayle brings her unique personality to the proceedings, and Michael York is a most appealing photographer. Despite its flaws, Smashing is an engaging romp with a look that just won't stop.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2000
UPC:
0013131094695
Original Release:
1967
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rita Tushingham Brenda
Lynn Redgrave Yvonne
Michael York Tom Wabe
Anna Quayle Charlotte Brilling
Irene Handl Mrs. Gimble
Ian Carmichael Bobbi Mome-Rath
Toni Palmer Toni
Jeremy Lloyd Jeremy Tove
Arthur Mullard Cafe Boss
Sydney Bromley Tramp
Murray Melvin 1st Exquisite
Paul Danquah 2nd Exquisite
Valerie Leon Tove's Secretary
Jerold Wells Man in Cafe No. 6
Bart Allison Actor
Kate Binchy Actor
Yuri Borienko Actor
Veronica Carlson Actor
Golda Casimir Actor
John Clive Sweenie Todd Manager
George A. Cooper Irishman
Julian Curry Actor
Amy Dalby Demolished Old Lady
Desmond Davis Actor
Tom Gill Actor
Danny Green Actor
Geoffrey Hughes Actor
Peter Jones Dominic
Brenda Kempner Actor
Sam Kydd Actor
Bruce Lacey Clive Sword
David Lodge The Caretaker
Arthur Lovegrove Actor
Howard Marion-Crawford Hall Porter
Vanessa Redgrave Actor
Cardew Robinson Custard-Pie Vicar
Stuart Saunders Actor
Frank Sieman Actor
Will Stampe Actor
Ronnie Stevens 1st Waiter
Michael Ward Actor
Gabor Baraker Actor
Bernard Stone Actor
Susan Whitman Actor

Technical Credits
Desmond Davis Director
John Addison Score Composer
Ken Bridgeman Art Director
George Melly Screenwriter
Roy Millichip Producer
Richard Mills Makeup
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlo Ponti Producer
Victor Smith Score Composer
Barrie Vince Editor
Manny Wynn Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits/London at Last [11:03]
2. Mayhem in the Restaurant [12:44]
3. At the Jabberwock Gallery [5:33]
4. Nightclub Hostesses [5:00]
5. Brenda to the Rescue [11:36]
6. The Next Morning [5:59]
7. Charlotte's Shop [6:11]
8. A Pie for a Pie [8:41]
9. "You Can't Help Laughing" [5:32]
10. The Road to Fame [8:49]
11. Brenda and Tom [5:45]
12. Yvonne's Party [7:11]
13. End Credits [1:31]

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