The Virgin Soldiers (film)

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The Virgin Soldiers
"The Virgin Soldiers" (1969).jpg
British quad poster by John Stockle
Directed by John Dexter
Produced by Leslie Gilliat
Nat Sherrin
Written by John Hopkins
John McGrath
Ian La Frenais
Based on novel by Leslie Thomas
Starring Lynn Redgrave
Hywel Bennett
Nigel Davenport
Nigel Patrick
Rachel Kempson
Music by Peter Greenwell
Cinematography Kenneth Higgins
Edited by Thelma Connell
High Road Productions
Open Road Films
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
15 October 1969 (UK)
5 February 1970 (US)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Virgin Soldiers is a 1969 film set in 1950, during the Malayan Emergency, and based on the novel by Leslie Thomas. The film led to a sequel, Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977).[1]


Private Brigg is a National Serviceman sent to Singapore during the Malayan Emergency along with a squad of naive new recruits. There he falls for Phillipa Raskin, the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major.


A young and uncredited David Bowie appears briefly as a soldier escorted out from behind a bar.


The film was the 17th most popular movie at the UK box office in 1969.[2]


  1. ^ "Leslie Thomas - obituary", Telegraph, 7 May 2014 accessed 7 May 2014
  2. ^ "The World's Top Twenty Films." Sunday Times [London, England] 27 Sept. 1970: 27. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. accessed 5 Apr. 2014

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