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    I just watched a charming black and white from the fifties on TCM called whistle down the wind, it stars Hayley mills ,Alan bates and Bernard lee but the real star here is the young kid who played Charles with his funny broad yorkshire accent, he's hilarious!...Alan bates plays a convict on the run who hides out on the family farm in one of the barns, he has a vague similarity to jesus so when Mills discovers him hiding she asks "are you jesus"? to which he replies "yes", It than becomes the worst kept secret in the village as the three children vow to take care of his every need until inevitably he is discovered by the police...here is a picture of young Charles....
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    Was that the film where the Boyzone song No Matter What originally came from? - I have always thought of it as a 1990s song because of the boyband.

    It was made in 1961, wasn't it?
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    It's a wonderful film. Some great acting and direction. Yes, the actor who plays the young lad steals every scene he is in. Some lovely camerawork, showing off the bleakness of the countryside. I have seen it umpteen times--it used to turn up quite regularly on BBC2 in the 80s and 90s, and I had the pleasure of introducing the film to my wife, who had never seen it, during one of those transmissions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffslad View Post
    It's a wonderful film. Some great acting and direction. Yes, the actor who plays the young lad steals every scene he is in. Some lovely camerawork, showing off the bleakness of the countryside. I have seen it umpteen times--it used to turn up quite regularly on BBC2 in the 80s and 90s, and I had the pleasure of introducing the film to my wife, who had never seen it, during one of those transmissions.
    It was filmed near us and they all kinda talk like us around here ..

    Good old northern accents


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    It gets shown on Film 4 or Talking Pictures every now & again, I've seen a lot of good old films on them recently.
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    I never watched the Film, but in all honesty Boyzone and the late great Stephen Gately probably made this - even more memorable with No Matter What and Stphen's amazing amazing voice on here. I can recall this song like yesterday from 1999 and exactly what I was doing and just knew it'd be a mega mega mega hit!!

    What a talent - Stephen was he taken way too soon from us

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    I think it was a 1998 number one, but point taken - when I think of a Boyzone song, just lots of number ones done by artists and groups, No Matter What is the usually the first one that comes to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 80sChav View Post
    I never watched the Film, but in all honesty Boyzone and the late great Stephen Gately probably made this - even more memorable with No Matter What and Stphen's amazing amazing voice on here. I can recall this song like yesterday from 1999 and exactly what I was doing and just knew it'd be a mega mega mega hit!!

    What a talent - Stephen was he taken way too soon from us

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    The film was made in the 60s and the song does not feature
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    It gets shown on Film 4 or Talking Pictures every now & again, I've seen a lot of good old films on them recently.
    My mum loves this film, it was on recently too.

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    The kids are undoubtedly the stars here but the only professional film stars among them were Hayley mills as Cathy and Roy holder as Jackie, the other kids were locals who were undoubtedly excited to appear. The real star however was Alan barnes who plays Charles,the youngest of the three siblings who steals every scene
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