The Virgin Soldiers. Image shows from L to R: Phillipa Raskin (Lynn Redgrave), Brigg (Hywel Bennett). Copyright: Columbia Pictures
The Virgin Soldiers

The Virgin Soldiers

  • 1969 film

Comic war movie following the exploits of a bunch of National Service conscripts serving in Singapore in the 1950s. Stars Lynn Redgrave, Hywel Bennett, Nigel Davenport, Rachel Kempson, Tsai Chin and more.

The Virgin Soldiers. Image shows from L to R: Brigg (Hywel Bennett), Juicy Lucy (Tsai Chin). Copyright: Columbia Pictures

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1969
Creator
Leslie Thomas
Stars
Lynn Redgrave, Hywel Bennett, Nigel Davenport, Rachel Kempson, Tsai Chin, Christopher Timothy, Jack Shepherd, Michael Gwynn and more
Writers
John Hopkins, John McGrath and Ian La Frenais
Directors
John Dexter and Claude Watson
Producers
Leslie Gilliat, Ned Sherrin and Carl Foreman
Companies

Comedy-drama about a group of conscripted soldiers serving in Singapore in the 1950s. Young and inexperienced, the men have yet to prove themselves in bed and battle - and seem to be failing miserably at both.

Foremost amongst the bunch is Private Brigg, who first encounters prostitute Juicy Lucy, then Sergeant Major's daughter Phillipa Raskin, and finally the enemy, in the form of armed guerillas who lay seige to the barracks.

Additional details

UK certificate
X
Duration
99 minutes
UK cinematic release
October 1969
Produced
October - December 1967
UK premiere
Wednesday 15th October 1969
Distributors

Columbia Pictures

Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Recording details

  • England, Malaya, Singapore and Reading - Locations
  • Shepperton Studios - Studios
  • Bury St Edmunds - Train ambush scenes

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