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OLIVER REED TINKERS WITH MICHAEL WINNER'S 'THE SYSTEM'

Title: The System Year: 1964 Rates: ****1/2

THE GIRL-GETTERS is really THE SYSTEM as the other title makes little sense — although the British New Wave comedy/drama does begin like a horny-dudes ensemble, it soon narrows solely onto Oliver Reed as Tinker, head of the wolf pack who "gets his" by falling in love with a rich model as cool, smooth, complicated and yes, beautiful as he is...

Director Michael Winner, before the Charles Bronson action flicks, began an eclectic partnership with Hammer villain Reed, and the first is their best: Winner provides a looser LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER vibe with similar satirical montage breaks; and Reed's Tinker... the local womanizing photographer... is all smiles and robust energy, hardly frowning or scowling before a long career playing frowning, scowling antagonists and anti-heroes.

Taking place during two weeks at a British vacation spot, there's a contained hanging-out overnight vibe as this might've influenced AMERICAN GRAFFITI putting you right there with the characters...

Including a female version of Tinker (Barbara Ferris); a sullen married girl (Ann Lynn); a "finally grown up" engaged friend of Tinker (John Alterton); and a ditsy conquest (Julia Foster): All working and playing at this sunny retreat where tourists abound, and our boys use their titular SYSTEM to cover the entire area (for girls and money), saving up for the approaching Winter. And although they never reach that particular season, the foreboding chill is palpable, ironically after Reed's creative, genuine charm had almost completely thawed Jane Merrow's sublime dream-girl, Nicola, in what's more of a prolonged end of a party than a beginning, middle and end of a romantic summertime adventure — yet it's all that too.   

Oliver Reed and Jane Merrow in THE SYSTEM

Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
Jane Merrow in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with David Hemmings
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with Julia Foster
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with John Alderton
Jane Merrow in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with boss Harry Andrews
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with Jeremy Burnham
Tennis rich bully Jeremy Burnham in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with Barbara Ferris
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed and Julia Foster in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with Julia Foster
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with Julia Foster
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with Julia Foster
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with Julia Foster
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with Julia Foster
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with Julia Foster
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM with Julia Foster
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed and Ann Lynn in THE SYSTEM
Ann Lynn in THE SYSTEM
 Jennifer Tafler with John Alderman and Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
Ann Lynn and Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
Andrew Ray and David Hemmings with Ray's real-life wife Susan Burnet as Jasmine the train babe
Jane Merrow in the coveted Buick Skylark from The System of Reed's POV
Oliver Reed falling in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed as Tinker prepares for Saturday Night in THE SYSTEM
Jane Merrow and Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed's best man's toast in THE SYSTEM
Jennifer Tafler and John Alderton in THE SYSTEM
Newlyweds Jennifer Tafler and John Alderton in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed as Tinker in THE SYSTEM
Like next year's The Party's Over Ann Lynn sulks over Oliver Reed THE SYSTEM
Michael Winner had Oliver Reed really slap Jane Merrow THE SYSTEM
Iain Gregory and Barbara Ferris in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed attempts an "absolutely darling" tennis match in THE SYSTEM
Clive Colin Bowler and Andrew Ray leave John Porter Davison w/ the Rolls in THE SYSTEM
Clive Colin Bowler and Andrew Ray unsuccessfully flirt with Dora Reisser and Talitha Pol in THE SYSTEM
But minutes later Germans Dora Reisser and Talitha Pol digging Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
Possum-faced director Michael Winner doing his Hitchcock cameo in THE SYSTEM, right?
David Hemmings with Andrew Ray and Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM

Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM picture-taking montage
Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM picture-taking montage
 Jennifer Tafler with John Alderman and Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
 Jennifer Tafler with John Alderman and Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed's see-through-seduction in THE SYSTEM
Jane Merrow sees through the seduction of THE SYSTEM
 Jennifer Tafler with John Alderman and Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
"And along came the backbird" THE SYSTEM Oliver Reed, David Hemmings, Andrew Ray
Oliver Reed gets a number from partner-in-crime Barbara Ferris THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed listening to Tony Kinsey in THE SYSTEM with Julia Foster
Julia Foster in Michael Winner's THE SYSTEM aka The Girl-Getters
Oliver Reed hanging out with Julia Foster in THE SYSTEM aka The Girl-Getters
Clive Colin Bowler, John Alderton and Andrew Ray in THE SYSTEM
A winking Oliver Reed as Tinker in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed in Michael Winner's THE SYSTEM aka The Girl-Getters
Ann Lynn smitten with an unreceptive Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM
In 1964, Ann Lynn's smitten with an unreceptive Oliver Reed in THE PARTY'S OVER
Back to poor Ann. still smitten but now with a drunk thus semi-receptive Reed in THE SYSTEM
British character-actor Harry Anders as Oliver Reed's boss in THE SYSTEM
Iain Gregory, Oliver Reed, John Porter-Davison, Andrew Ray fills in new guy David Hemmings for THE SYSTEM
Cool rich girl Pauline Munro as Sylvie in THE SYSTEM aka THE GIRL-GETTERS
Oliver Reed as Tinker in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed as Tinker in THE SYSTEM
Oliver Reed as Tinker in THE SYSTEM
"Nein Nein Fraulein" Oliver Reed as Tinker in THE SYSTEM
David Hemmings, Andrew Ray and Oliver Reed in THE SYSTEM

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