Summer Holiday

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"From the First Kiss to the Last Blush It's the Craziest Riot On Wheels!"
  • Approved
  • 1963
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 6.1  (1,831)

Summer Holiday is a 1963 British musical film directed by Peter Yates, starring Cliff Richard, Lauri Peters, and Melvyn Hayes. The plot follows a group of friends who embark on a journey across Europe in a red double-decker bus to escape their daily routines and enjoy a carefree summer vacation. The film begins with Don (Cliff Richard), a London bus mechanic, dreaming of a summer holiday away from the rainy British weather. He is also planning on proposing to his girlfriend, Barbara (Una Stubbs). One day, while fixing the engine of a red double-decker bus, Don has an idea to convert it into a mobile vacation home and travel to the south of France. He is joined by his co-workers Cyril (Melvyn Hayes), Edwin (Teddy Green), and Steve (Jeremy Bulloch), who are also seeking adventure.

On their journey, they meet a group of young American musicians led by Barbara (Lauri Peters), who have missed their connecting train and are stranded in Paris. Don offers to take them to Athens, where they are scheduled to perform in a nightclub. As they travel across Europe, they encounter several mishaps and adventures, including getting lost in the Alps, being chased by the police, and helping a group of nuns fix their car. Along the way, Don and Barbara fall in love, despite the differences in their lifestyles and backgrounds.

The film was shot on location in several European countries, including France, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece, showcasing the beautiful scenery and landmarks. The musical numbers in the film feature upbeat and catchy songs, such as "Summer Holiday", "Bachelor Boy", and "Dancing Shoes", which became popular hits in the UK.

Summer Holiday was a box office success and received positive reviews from critics. It was praised for its lighthearted tone and escapist appeal, providing audiences with a cheerful and carefree vision of summer vacation. The film also marked the first leading role for Cliff Richard, who became a popular British singer and actor in the 1960s.

Overall, Summer Holiday is a charming and nostalgic musical film, capturing the spirit of adventure and romance in a summer vacation. It is a feel-good movie that will make you want to jump on a red double-decker bus and hit the road to explore new places and make lasting memories.

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    6.1  (1,831)