The System (1964 film)

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The System
The System FilmPoster.jpeg
A movie poster using the film's alternative title: The Girl-Getters
Directed by Michael Winner
Written by Peter Draper
Starring Oliver Reed
Jane Merrow
Barbara Ferris
Julia Foster
Harry Andrews
Cinematography Nicolas Roeg
Music by Stanley Black
Distributed by Bryanston Films (UK)
Release date
  • 11 October 1964 (1964-10-11)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The System (US: The Girl-Getters) is a 1964 British drama film directed by Michael Winner and starring Oliver Reed, Jane Merrow and Barbara Ferris. [1] Julie Christie was originally intended to be in the film, but she had to withdraw, and was replaced by Julia Foster. The writer was Peter Draper, who in this film popularised the word 'grockle' to mean a holiday visitor. [2]


The film was crucial in the careers of both director Michael Winner and star Oliver Reed. [3]


In the seaside village of Roxham, a group of local young men mingle among the seasonal tourists in search of sexual conquests. Near the end of one summer, the leader of the group, Tinker, a strolling photographer, aims to conquer a fashion model from a well-to-do family, but he finds himself unexpectedly falling in love. The tables thus turned, Tinker begins to see that maybe it's not the tourists who are being used in these sexual games.



Extensive location filming took place in south Devon including Brixham railway station (now demolished), Brixham Harbour, Elberry Cove, Paignton Beach, Harbour, and Pier, Torquay Palm Court hotel (now demolished), and Torquay seafront. Dartmouth, the Dartmouth ferry, Slapton Sands, and Hallsands also featured. [4]

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  1. "The SYSTEM". BFI Film and TV Database. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. "What is the origin of the word 'grockle'?". Oxford Dictionaries website. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  3. Vagg, Stephen (2020). The System - audio commentary (Media notes). Kino Lorber.
  4. "Reelstreets | System, The".