This film is a beautiful and unusual cinematic gem, a children’s romantic comedy-drama to be exact. It’s also a fascinating document of early 1970s London, as seen through the eyes of a group of rowdy school kids. Melody marked the first feature film outing for British cinematic legends Alan Parker (Bugsy Malone, The Commitments) and David Puttnam (Local Hero, The Killing Fields). It is in fact based on the true story of how Alan Parker met his wife. This rare but perfect British masterpiece also features an amazing Bee Gee’s soundtrack.
Grade schoolers Melody (Tracy Hyde) and Daniel (Mark Lester) are completely earnest in their desire to wed one another. Unfortunately, no one seems to understand the ardor of their loving bond. Their parents and teachers find the marriage proposition ridiculous, and Daniel’s closest pal, Ornshaw (Jack Wild), doesn’t want to lose his buddy to a girl. However, the mischievous Ornshaw eventually warms to the idea, and helps Daniel and Melody escape the cruel clutches of the adults.