Raising the Wind

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  • NR
  • 1962
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 5.9  (375)

Raising the Wind is a charming British comedy from 1961, directed by Gerald Thomas and featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, and Paul Massie. The film follows the misadventures of a group of music students as they struggle to find their footing in the world of classical music. The story centers on the students of the St. Cecilia Music School, a prestigious institution that has produced some of the finest musicians in the country. However, the school is facing financial difficulties, and the students are in danger of losing their scholarships. In order to save the school, the students come up with a plan to form a band and go on tour, hoping to raise enough money to keep the school afloat.

The band, called the Swinging Winds, is made up of a motley crew of musical talents, including a cellist who dreams of being a conductor, a pianist who loves jazz, and a trumpet player who can't read music. Together, they embark on a hilarious journey across the country, performing in pubs, tea rooms, and even a mental hospital.

Along the way, they encounter a host of colorful characters, including a flirtatious landlady (played to perfection by the wonderful Liz Fraser), a stuck-up conductor, and a group of rowdy sailors. They also run into trouble with the law, as their unorthodox approach to classical music doesn't always sit well with the authorities.

Despite the obstacles they face, the students remain determined to save their beloved school. Along the way, they learn about the importance of friendship, hard work, and perseverance, as well as the joy of making music.

One of the highlights of the film is the sparkling dialogue, which is full of witty one-liners and clever jokes. The performances are also top-notch, with James Robertson Justice stealing scenes as the grumpy schoolmaster, and Leslie Phillips bringing his trademark charm to the role of the smooth-talking band leader. Paul Massie is also excellent as the talented but temperamental cellist, and the rest of the cast is equally strong.

The film is beautifully shot, with stunning locations and stylish direction by Gerald Thomas. The music, ranging from classical pieces to jazz numbers, is expertly performed by the cast, and adds to the film's joyous atmosphere.

Overall, Raising the Wind is a charming and delightful comedy that will leave audiences tapping their toes and humming along. With its memorable characters, sparkling dialogue, and catchy music, it's a film that will appeal to music lovers and comedy fans alike.

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    1 hr 31 min
  • IMDB Rating
    5.9  (375)