Having a Wild Weekend (1965)

Having a Wild Weekend (1965)

Released: 1965
Genre: Comedy, Genre, Music
Director: John Boorman
Starring: Barbara Ferris, The Dave Clark Five, Dave Clark, ,
Run time: 91 min
IMDb: 5.8/10
Country: UK
Views: 29954


Dinah is a model whose face appears in an ad campaign for meat. While shooting a TV commercial, she and Steve, one of the stunt men, run off together. The advertising executives use their disappearance to generate more publicity for… meat.
Written by
George S. Davis
User Reviews: The Dave Clark Five are certainly no match for the Beatles, but this film is easily worthy of comparison with A Hard Day’s Night and Help! A lot of the credit must go to director John Boorman (giving a taste of the visual pyrotechnics he later unleashed in Point Blank), and to the surprisingly melancholy screenplay by Peter Nichols. (Georgy Girl, Privates on Parade)

Two young people, a stuntman (Dave Clark) and a model (Barbara Ferris), go AWOL from a commercial shoot and embark on a trip across England. But their jaunt isn’t all larky fun. They bicker and quarrel, they encounter a self-consciously hip and desperately unhappy married couple; they find that their exploits have been incorporated into the glitzy ad campaign they were trying to escape from in the first place.

A fun little rock and roll film that makes dark observations about the impermanence of youthful exuberance, the futility of youthful rebellion, and the commodification of youth culture. Overall, the tone is more in keeping with the manic depressive grunge rock aesthetic than with the go-Go-GO madcap vibe of other youth films of the 60s.

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