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  • BFI Top 100 British Films: #66 (the 1970 film)
  • Contractual Purity: Sally Thomsett had it written into her contract that she could never let the crew know her real age - and was forbidden from smoking and drinking on set - as well as being seen with her boyfriend. She and Jenny Agutter ended up grounded after they snuck off the set to go for a night on the town.
  • Dawson Casting: The actress playing 11-year-old Phyllis in the film was 20 at the time, three years older than Jenny Agutter playing her older sister. Agutter herself was a milder example, seventeen playing Bobbie at fifteen.
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  • Distanced from Current Events: ITV pulled their airing of the remake three days after the Ufton Nervet rail crash in 2004.
  • List of Films You Should See By the Age of 14: #35 (the 1970 film)
  • Reclusive Artist: Gary Warren, who played Peter, gave up acting in the 70s and has avoided interviews and conventions.
  • Remake Cameo: Jenny Agutter, who was Bobbie in the original, played mother in the remake.
  • Star-Making Role: For Jenny Agutter.
  • Vindicated by Cable: The film was not a great success when it was released. Jenny Agutter expressed surprise when she returned from America ten years later and the film was suddenly a hit, having been played on television so much.

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