Mix Me a Person


Crime / Drama / Mystery

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Anne Baxter Photo
Anne Baxter as Dr. Anne Dyson
Nigel Davenport Photo
Nigel Davenport as Harry's Mother's Boyfriend
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Jack MacGowran as Terence
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993.36 MB
English 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 48 min
P/S 4 / 14
1.8 GB
English 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 48 min
P/S 8 / 32

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by loza-17 / 10

A mixed up film

At the time this film was made the Swinging Sixties in Britain were yet to begin. Britain's old social mores still held sway, while youth culture was bubbling up ready to take centre stage. In this film teenagers at the Paloma café call each other "nit" and "berk" and say things like "Cor! Strike a light!" While the word "virginity" is censored to a "V."

The star of the film is the pop singer Adam Faith. Although he sings the theme song "Mix Me a Person" and does an English language version of "La Bamba" in the film, he plays a serious role in a serious film dealing with serious issues. Faith can almost certainly act better than he can sing; and, as the teenager sentenced to death for the murder of a policeman is totally convincing throughout.

The plot is not too bad although it hangs together with a series of unbelievable coincidences. But I suppose that just goes to show that no matter how convincing the case against a condemned man is, there is always an element of doubt, which makes the irreversible death penalty useless in a civilised justice system.

The film is fairly well directed. The script is a little jaded and unreal. Otherwise Mix Me a Person is well above average for a British B movie; and is much, much better than the cops and robbers tripe that was typical of the period.

Now the acting. The warders, police, villains, do their jobs well. It's the principle characters that are - well - they are absolutely pathetic in many cases. As mentioned, Adam Faith is great. Anne Baxter, who plays the psychiatrist with gravity-defying hair who tries to prove Faith's innocence, acts well or badly, depending on whom she is playing the scene with. If she plays with someone who acts well, she acts well. Unfortunately, many of her scenes are played with her barrister boyfriend played by Donald Sinden. Sinden chews up the scenery so much that there must have been teethmarks all over the film stock; so, in her scenes with Sinden, Baxter does likewise. Then there are the new generation of actors represented by the kids at the Paloma Café. Of these, Dr Who girl Carole Ann Ford is excellent and totally convincing. The rest, which include Tony Blair's father-in-law Anthony Booth, are, in my opinion, absolutely APPALLING.

On the credit side, the abolition of the death penalty was a hot topic at the time. It would be easy for this film to sentimentalise and trivialise this subject; somehow this film avoids that, and no doubt had a minor role to play in the death penalty's final abolition a year or two later. The helplessness of the innocent man and those who take his cause against a bureaucratic and rigid justice system determined to exact its pound of flesh is captured wonderfully well.

For all its faults this mix-me-a-film is well worth watching. Its good points outweigh its bad ones, which is why I have given it 7 out of 10.

Reviewed by BOUF4 / 10

Clunky mystery with young Adam Faith giving better performance than more seasoned actors

Adam Faith shows Anne Baxter and Donald Sinden a thing or two about natural acting. While they play to the gallery, the 50s/60s pop idol nicely underplays his part as a young lad charged with murder. The scriptwriter/production designer/director has a ludicrous, but typical idea of what 'upper-class' Sinden calls a teddy-boy (already a dated idea in 1962.) Faith and his mates are a neatly attired, clean-cut crowd, hanging out in an espresso bar, decked with pictures of Ella Fitzgerald and Chris Barber (!) - a more likely venue for 40 year olds at that time. It was the pre-Beatles era, and most British films were very myopic in their portrayals of youth, although 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' had hit the screens two years previously. This does seem like the Tunbridge-Wells version of youth gone astray,and accordingly it wasn't exactly a box-office smash. The clunky plot has more than one handy coincidence, and while the portrayal of the working classes is condescending, at least Anne Baxter's psychiatrist character gets to voice her opinion that people are human beings and should be treated as such. Jack MacGowran shines as a villain, as does Alfred Burke as a humane screw, and it's good to see Aussies Ed Deveraux and Ray Barrett playing senior coppers, but generally the whole pic is just a budget cut above one of the typical British supporting features that were still being produced at the time.

Reviewed by MOscarbradley4 / 10

Terrible but undeniably entertaining

Terrible but like a lot of bad films, undeniably entertaining, "Mix Me A Person" was a 'hard-hitting' (for that read, X certificate),British film dealing with crime, punishment, teenage delinquents and what appears to be the IRA. Anne Baxter, whose career was on a somewhat downward spiral at the time, is the psychiatrist trying to prove Adam Faith's innocence on a charge of murder. She also happens to be married to his barrister, Donald Sinden. Lots of flashbacks tell us that Adam is indeed innocent while in the present Anne takes on the role of investigating snoop. The dialogue, by Ian Dalrymple, is laughably bad as is Leslie Norman's insipid direction but it gallops along and it's always fun seeing someone like Baxter slumming it. Needless to say the film wasn't a success and has all but disappeared. Don't seek it out but should it come your way, you could do a lot worse.

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