Movie Review: Summer Holiday (1963)


film_summerholiday001Movie: Summer Holiday

Year of Release: 1963

Language: English

Starring: Cliff Richard, Lauri Peters, Melvyn Hayes, Una Stubbs, Teddy Green, Jeremy Bulloch, Pamela Hart and Jacqueline Daryl.

Musicals are rarely interesting. Every 5 minutes there’s a song accompanied by dance which gets annoying after sometime. There are exceptions of course, with one being Summer Holiday.

It begins with four mechanic friends (Cliff Richard, Melvyn Hayes, Teddy Green and Jeremy Bulloch) who convert a double-decker bus into a caravan intending to travel across Europe. On their journey they meet a singing girl trio (Una Stubbs, Pamela Hart and Jacqueline Darly) who are on their way to an engagement in Athens. After some persuasive singing and dancing they convince the girls to travel with them. They are further joined by a runaway boy who is in fact a singer named Barbara (Lauri Peters) disguised as a boy to escape from her bossy mother. The group encounter new lands, new loves and new friends while being pursued by Barbara’s mother and agent. All the confusion leads to comic situations that they get into and get out of.

Summer Holiday is packed with humor, songs and romance. The legendary Cliff Richard is joined by his band, The Shadows and together they provide a range of whacky and fun songs. The dance and songs are enjoyable.

Summer Holiday is a simple story of adventure and love. It’s a far cry from Les Misérables (but less boring), Sound of Music, Moulin Rouge or Wizard of Oz. But it’s worth watching for the simplicity in its execution. And it helps that Cliff Richard looks like a million dollars. So get comfortable, relax and make sure you watch this movie.

Book Challenge Update: Currently, I’m reading Memoirs of a Geisha (which does not fit any of the rules). Once I’m done with reading that I’ll continue on with the challenge. Book suggestions will be highly appreciated.

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