Review: ‘Melody’

Melody is the story of a couple of 10-year-olds who fall in love and want to get married.

Melody is the story of a couple of 10-year-olds who fall in love and want to get married.

Mark Lester and Tracy Hyde as the very young lovers persist on ogling each other in class, despite the taunts of their fellows. Later, they forthrightly present their marriage plans to their parents and teachers. Jack Wild, as their engaging friend, makes the kind of overt attempt to woo his buddy away from romance that no sane kid would be able to filter past his learned notions of the acceptable.

Screenwriter Alan Parker and director Waris Hussein are to be congratulated for attempting something that – whatever its surface strains on credulity – is a lot closer to what kids are about than the mush they’re usually served at matinees.

The acting by the adults is intentionally exaggerated, as if seen through the kids’ eyes, and the young people, for the most part, are both natural and appealing. Lester is a bit too cute and a trifle phony, but Hyde, in the title role, is more than acceptable – and Wild, an actor of remarkable intelligence and wit, runs off with the picture.

Melody

UK

Production

Hemdale/Sagittarius. Director Waris Hussein; Producer David Puttnam; Screenplay Alan Parker; Camera Peter Suschitzky; Editor John Victor Smith; Music The Bee Gees; Art Director Roy Stannard

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Jack Wild Mark Lester Tracy Hyde Sheila Steafel Roy Kinnear Hilda Barry
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