The Boy Friend

Film, Drama
Sandy Wilson's delightfully lightweight musical is given the unnecessary avoirdupois that seems unavoidable with Russell. Some things work beautifully: Tommy Tune's deliriously leggy Charleston, the bathing beauty inanities of 'Sur la Plage', almost everything Twiggy does as the wide-eyed ingenue. But there are also some bloated Busby Berkeley pastiches which clash horribly with Wilson's mock-'20s score. Consistency was never Russell's strong point.

Release details

125 mins

Cast and crew

Ken Russell
Ken Russell
Christopher Gable
Barbara Windsor
Moyra Fraser
Bryan Pringle
Max Adrian
Catherine Wilmer
Vladek Sheybal
Tommy Tune
Glenda Jackson