Time Out - John Barry / Adam Faith / Shirley Anne Field - Music From The Film Beat Girl
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Beat Girl is a British teen exploitation film directed by Edmond T. The film was released in the United States under the title Wild for Kicks. The title character of Beat Girl was played by starlet Gillian Hillswho later went on to have numerous small roles in s and s films, Life Waster - The Orange Demos as Blowup and A Clockwork Orangeand became a successful " ye-ye " singer in France.
The film also features Christopher Lee and Nigel Green as strip joint operators, and Oliver Reed in a small role as one of the "beat" youth. He brings his new wife: beautiful, French, year-old Nichole Noelle Adamwhom he has just married in Paris.
Paul is anxious to introduce Nichole to his teenage daughter Jennifer Gillian Hillsbut Jennifer appears less than happy about her father's remarriage and coldly rejects Nichole's friendly overtures all evening. Dave and Jennifer are attracted to each other. The next day Nichole plans to meet Jennifer at Saint Martin's School of Artwhere she is studying, so they can have lunch together.
The fact that her friends, especially Dave, seem to like Nichole upsets Jennifer. Nichole leaves, reminding Jennifer to be home for her father's important business dinner that night. As Nichole leaves, she passes Greta Delphi Lawrencethe star performer at the strip club across the street.
Greta recognises Nichole and greets her by name, but Nichole ignores her, to Greta's annoyance. Jennifer and her friends see this encounter and wonder how Greta and Nichole might know each other. Jennifer suspects that Nichole was also a stripper before meeting her father. That night at Paul's business dinner, Jennifer tries to embarrass Nichole in front of the guests by bringing up the encounter with Greta, making sure to emphasise that Greta is a stripper.
After the guests leave, Paul questions Nichole, who says that she knew Greta in Paris and that they were in ballet together but Greta pursued a different way of life and Nichole lost track of Seismic - Dogwood - Seismic. Paul accepts her explanation, but Jennifer goes to the strip club to ask Greta directly.
Greta at first claims she made a mistake and doesn't really know Nichole, but under pressure from her boyfriend, strip club manager Kenny King Christopher Leeshe reveals that she and Nichole worked together as strippers and occasional prostitutes in Paris. Jennifer, encouraged by Kenny, becomes enamoured with the idea of becoming a stripper herself. Jennifer is caught by Paul and Nichole coming home from the strip club at 3 am and an angry confrontation results. Jennifer taunts Nichole by telling her she has spoken with Greta and threatens that if Nichole doesn't stay out of her life, Jennifer will tell Paul about Nichole's background.
Nichole visits the strip club to tell Kenny and Greta to Wakey Wakey - Various - Best Of Bonkers away from her stepdaughter, but Kenny says that Jennifer will be welcome at the club any time and that if Nichole interferes he will tell Paul about her past.
Jennifer and her friends have a wild night including dancing at Chislehurst Cavesa dangerous car race, and a game of "chicken" on railway tracks where the last person to leave the rails before the train arrives Jennifer wins.
Throughout the evening, Jennifer and Dave dare each other to increasingly dangerous behaviours as a way of flirting. Jennifer invites everyone to continue the party at her house, as her father is out of town and Nichole presumably won't interfere for fear Jennifer will reveal her past. Jennifer accepts a dare to "strip like a Frenchie" and begins a striptease to music, but when she gets down to her underwear Nichole bursts from her bedroom and stops her.
Then Paul suddenly arrives home and breaks up the party, throwing all of the beatniks out of his house including Dave. Jennifer angrily tells her father about Nichole's activities in Paris. Nichole, crying, admits it is true and explains she only did it because she was broke and hungry. Paul and Nichole profess their love for each other and reconcile. She walks out on her friends and meets Kenny across the street at the strip club.
Kenny invites her to go to Paris with him and have him train her to be a star stripper. Greta, performing onstage, is told by stage manager Simon Nigel Green that Kenny plans to leave her and go off with Jennifer. Just as Kenny makes a pass at Jennifer, a woman's hand is shown stabbing Kenny to death with a letter opener. The club staff, thinking Jennifer killed Kenny, lock her up and call the police.
Jennifer screams that she didn't do it, and the real culprit, jealous Greta, emerges from behind a curtain. Paul and Nichole arrive on the scene searching for Jennifer just as the police drag her, in hysterics, out of the strip club. The police release Jennifer to Paul and Nichole, and they head for home, arms around each other, as Dave throws his broken guitar in a rubbish bin and proclaims "Funny, only squares know where to go. The original script, entitled "Striptease Girl," was submitted to the British Board of Film Censors in Marchwhose reviewer termed Time Out - John Barry / Adam Faith / Shirley Anne Field - Music From The Film Beat Girl "machine-made dirt" and "the worst script I have read for some years.
Ultimately, the film received an "X" certificatecausing its release to be delayed as its release was queued behind a glut of other X-rated films. After Adam Faith was cast, John Barry was asked to compose the film soundtrack as he had already been collaborating with Faith as an arranger. In addition to the Beat Girl soundtrack LP reaching number 11 in the album charts, the song "Made You," composed by John Barry and Trevor Peacock and performed in the film by Faith, achieved minor hit status before being banned by the BBC for suggestive lyrics.
Pascaline, the Haitian exotic dancer who appears in a sequence performing with Mathias Novak et son orchestre - **Cordes Tziganes et Percussion** scarf, had performed in real life as an exotic dancer at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Beat Girl UK film poster. Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. Feral House, Palgrave MacMillan,p. Mods, Rockers, and the Music of the British Invasion. Praeger Publishers,p. Every Chart Topper Tells a Story. Mainstream Pubs. Retrieved 18 December — via Google Books. Retrieved 18 December Films directed by Edmond T.
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