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Take Me High

Cliff Richard moved his film career on from the days of Una Stubbs and Summer Holiday with this wondrously frothy confection, which went all the way back to the ‘hey, let the kids groove’ ethos of the old ’50s rock ‘n’ roll films, by way of a promotional puff for a freshly Bull Ringed-up Birmingham. Cliff plays narrow boat-dwelling fast food entrepreneur Tim Matthews, who invents the Brumburger, markets it to tremendous success (and the chagrin of staunch socialist George Cole), sings a song about it and then, for reasons best known to himself, gets into a mini-hovercraft chase on the Gas Street canals, before triumphing over staid old Britain with his youthful winning ways. It is, you may have guessed, fantastic.

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  1. Cindylover1969

    December 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Unless “fantastic” in this context means “unwatchable shit for which all concerned should be horsewhipped,” I disagree.

  2. Great Bustard

    December 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    It’s not that bad if you watch it as a PG Tips ad extended to feature length and starring Clifford, Hugh Griffith, George Cole and Victoria off of Doctor Who as the chimps. Must mean a lot to fans of Birmingham.

    There’s not really a mini-hovercraft chase, though, it was more Cliff driving it about and showing off.

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