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Swingers' Paradise (1964)

Wonderful Life (original title)
Not Rated | | Music, Musical, Romance | 3 July 1964 (UK)
A group of (literally) drifting popsters find themselves involved in a grim sand-and-sandals desert movie. They reckon a few song-and-dance numbers would liven things up.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Peter Myers (original story and screenplay), Ronald Cass (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Cliff Richard ... Johnnie
Walter Slezak ... Lloyd Davis
Susan Hampshire ... Jenny Taylor
Hank B. Marvin Hank B. Marvin ... Hank (as The Shadows)
Bruce Welch Bruce Welch ... Bruce (as The Shadows)
Brian Bennett ... Brian (as The Shadows)
John Rostill John Rostill ... John (as The Shadows)
Melvyn Hayes ... Jerry
Richard O'Sullivan ... Edward
Una Stubbs ... Barbara Tate
Derek Bond ... Douglas Leslie
Gerald Harper Gerald Harper ... Sheik / Scotsman / Harold
Joseph Cuby ... Miguel (as Joe Cuby)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Royston Ellis Royston Ellis
The Shadows The Shadows ... The Shadows
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Storyline

A group of (literally) drifting popsters find themselves involved in a grim sand-and-sandals desert movie. They reckon a few song-and-dance numbers would liven things up. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Cliff's back! - He's swingin' singin' livin' and dancin' to a dozen it tunes!

Genres:

Music | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Swingers' Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

Canary Islands, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Derek Bond was booked after Dennis Price who was first hired was fired. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the "Home" sequence, Johnny, Jerry and Edward sit on the back of the boat and have to pretend they are falling backwards off the stern. Moments before they are supposed to fall, the hands of two or three members of the crew can be seen raising into shot ready to catch them. See more »

Connections

References The Wooden Horse (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Wonderful Life
Written Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett
Performed by Cliff Richard
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Like Mel Brooks doing Bollywood
24 April 2007 | by justincwardSee all my reviews

'Wonderful Life' has its moments. Moments when you feel you can close your gaping mouth and swallow. The rest of the time you are just blown away by the arrogance of the people who thought this qualified as entertainment in any way shape or form, by the stupidity of the people who put up the money - which looks to have been an awful lot - and by the tragedy of how this pile of undercooked nostalgia was the best the mainstream British film industry could be bothered to come up with at the time. Oh, and never mind the complete ego trip of Cliff, comparing himself to every mainstream film icon from Chaplin to Sean Connery - there's even a creepy bit where he is smooching Susan Hampshire in a bikini (pre-nose job, much nicer) and his hand wanders down to her lap, then his fly...no, it's a tiny gun on his key fob! Eee-Yeww! An honourable mention for Una Stubbs looking older than she does now and baring more midriff than Madonna, and the rest of it is rubbish songs ('On The Beach' is the best of a woeful bunch), bizarre choreography, school play acting, weedy singing, useless dubbing, faulty colour grading, you get the idea - presumably this was part of Cliff's plan to 'crack' the US market, but to me it's a rival to 'Take Me High' as something you want erased from your memory as soon a possible. And TMH was funny. NOT so bad it's good. So bad it's infuriating.


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