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
Music by Stanley Black
Cinematography Nicolas Roeg
Distributed by Bryanston Films
Release date
  • 11 October 1964 (1964-10-11)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The System (USA: 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]



Extensive location filming took place in South Devon including Brixham station (now demolished), Brixham harbour, Elberry Cove, Paignton beach, harbour,and pier, Torquay Palm Court hotel (now demolished), and Torquay seafront. Kingswear, Dartmouth ferry, Dartmouth, Slapton Sands, and Hallsands also featured.


  1. ^ "The SYSTEM". BFI Film and TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "What is the origin of the word 'grockle'?". Oxford Dictionaries website. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 

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