EXPRESSO BONGO - FULL FILM - DUAL (2) DISCS - DVD + BLURAY
Very nice glossy booklet
about the film included!
Yey, Expresso Bongo on DVD and Bluray format in one set!
Great unpolished raw acting from Cliff and I mean that in a good way.
Always great to see The Shadows even if they aren't speaking in this.
Val Guest's 1959 London-shot Brit Beat classic charts the fortunes of aspiring musician Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard).
Rudge stands little chance in the music business but is propelled to major stardom after being discovered in an expresso coffee shop by sleazy Soho agent Johnny (Laurence Harvey). In quick succession Rudge changes his name to Bongo Herbert, gets a record deal and strikes up a relationship with an ageing American singing sensation. As Johnny starts Herbert on the road to stardom, an unfair deal is cut which exploits the young singer and leads their relationship to turn sour.
This sharp satire on the music industry was originally a successful 1958 West End musical, adapted for the big screen the following year, and designed as a star vehicle for the young Cliff Richard and The Shadows.
Booklet contains BW pictures and chats about the movie and the making of it along with a review and a bit on producer Val Guest.