The Wildcats of St Trinian's

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The Wildcats of St. Trinian's
DVD cover
Directed by Frank Launder
Produced by E.M. Smedley-Aston
Written by Frank Launder
Ronald Searle
Starring Sheila Hancock
Michael Hordern
Joe Melia
Thorley Walters
Rodney Bewes
Maureen Lipman
Julia McKenzie
Rosalind Knight
Ambrosine Phillpotts
Rose Hill
Deborah Norton
Music by James Kenelm Clarke
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Antony Gibbs
Release date
  • 1980 (1980)
Running time
91 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Wildcats of St. Trinian's is the fifth British comedy film set in the fictional St Trinian's School. It was released in 1980.[1]

The film poked fun at the British trade union movement which had been responsible for the recent wave of strikes that culminated in the Winter of Discontent.

The film was not a critical success and has yet to be released on DVD except in the US.[citation needed]


The girls of St. Trinian's hatch yet another fiendish plot—a trade union for British schoolgirls. Their friend and mentor, Flash Harry, suggests a plan which involves kidnapping girls from other rather more respectable colleges and substituting their own "agents". Thus begins a hilarious, often bloody, battle of wits as the girls meet resistance not only from Olga Vandermeer, their Headmistress, but from the Minister of Education, a private detective, and an oil sheikh. Despite all his desperate efforts to foil the conspiracy, the Minister has to face a growing realisation that the girls' demands will have to be met—for him this will mean a very great and very personal sacrifice.



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