- Title Summer Holiday
- Director Peter Yates
- Year 1963
- Run time 1hr 48m
- Genres Romance, Music
- Tagline From the first kiss to the last blush, it's the craziest riot on wheels!
Four London bus mechanics strike up a deal with London Transport. They do up a London bus and drive it around Europe as a hotel. British filmmaker Peter Yates directs singer Cliff Richard in the starring role in this pop music romp. The cast includes the real rock group The Shadows.
|1:13||Yay, raining on your summer holiday, so true.|
|3:56||I don’t think Transport for London would lend them a bus these days, but I like it.|
|4:54||When he asked, they wanted no part of it, but when he sung it, the entire garage was on board.|
|6:04||It’s a bit like Challenge Anneka.|
|16:40||Forgot how kidnappy this song was, but I guess it all works out in the end.|
|17:35||“Load the bus boys, here we come.”|
|22:35||That’s like trying to get Mr C out of the pub. Needs more netting.|
|31:40||“A star must work and work and work.”|
|38:24||Oldest hitchhiking trick in the book.|
|42:19||“Tourists can be many things.”|
|49:12||I do question whether they could rig up a wire in ten minutes.|
|55:06||“At this speed even I can’t see us.”|
|57:40||Who took the fishing rod out of the bus to make it lighter? Madness!|
|1:09:49||Anything for a rhyme but seriously, cowses?|
|1:18:28||Cliff’s string vest is an interesting look.|
|1:22:33||How did the men think they were going to feed themselves all week if every time food is mentioned they look to the women to do it?|
|1:23:49||“Your enemies don’t sing to you, do they?”|
|1:33:45||Uh oh, the Daily Mail.|
|1:35:40||“If you’d caught your train, you’d be working now instead of facing a kidnap charge.” I’d say that warrants an apology.|
|1:43:32||“There are two sides to every question.” Are there? Story, yes, question though?|
I’ve watched this one a lot when I was a kid but not so much since then, and when it was recently released on Apple TV, I wanted to snap it up and watch it again. Convincing Mr C to get on board wasn’t easy but eventually I wore him down.
I couldn’t promise him that it was a good film, because in my memories it wasn’t the best, despite the fact that I loved it. But actually, on this latest watch, I was pleasantly surprised. It is a good film. It has some problems in the current climate, and the bit with the mime is always a bit I could do without, but otherwise it’s a fun story with mostly good songs and some cheeky adventures along the way.
We ripped a lot of holes in the plot as we went along, naturally, but that’s part of the fun, and all in all it was a far more enjoyable experience than I, or Mr C, had any right to expect.
Rating: 4 / 5