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Beat Girl (1960)

Cast: David Farrar, David Farrar, NoŽlle Adam, more...
Director: Edmond T. Greville, Edmond T. Greville
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Studio: Crash Cinema
Genre: Cult, Drama, Foreign, British Drama, Coming of Age , UK
Running Time: 83 min.
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A rebellious teenager runs away from home and joins the SoHo beatniks when her widowed father remarries a much younger woman. But beatnik life isn't all it seems and she ends up hanging out as a stripper in a sleazy club, hoping to learn about her mom. There the creepy club owner attempts to seduce her, and his lover gets jealous and stabs him. Now the two must do something fast. The film is also known as Wild for Kicks, and features music from rocker Adam Faith, the John Barry Seven, and other beatnik acts. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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Uhhh, wrong! by Evolpuss2 December 3, 2006 - 12:34 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Whoever wrote the synopsis wasn't exactly paying attention to the movie. First, the girl never ran away from home. She ran out of the house towards the end because she was mad at her father. Second, there were no beatniks in this movie. Sure, they used some beatnik vocabulary but they all listened to rockabilly and surf, not jazz. The little beatnik gang were nothing more than bored rich kids that hung out at a coffee shop. Third, the girl never worked at the strip joint. She went there to find out about her step-mom's past, and piss off her father, not for any other reason. She NEVER worked as a stripper...unless this lady saw a version of the movie that I did not. Fourth, the girl's lover, whoever that may be because she didn't have one in the movie, did not stab the club owner. The club owner's girlfriend/prostitute did. Lastly, "the two must do something fast" doesn't make any sense either because "the two" don't do anything. The girl has a crying fit and the stripper who did the stabbing just stands there and makes a flippant remark.

I can't blame the reviewer for not paying attention. This movie was seriously annoying. The "beatnik" chic was nothing more than an obnoxious little rich girl who thought she was a rebel and flirts with the idea that sexual exploitation might be good for "kicks."

Skip this one or watch it on fast forward. The one song they repeat throughout the movie is pretty cool though. Oh, and seeing some Teds beat the crap out of the rich kids' car is funny.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 5.79)
34 Votes
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