The System
A movie poster using the film's alternative title: The Girl-Getters
Directed byMichael Winner
Written byPeter Draper
StarringOliver Reed
Jane Merrow
Barbara Ferris
Julia Foster
Harry Andrews
CinematographyNicolas Roeg
Music byStanley Black
Distributed byBryanston Films (UK)
Release date
  • 11 October 1964 (1964-10-11)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The System (US: 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]

The film was crucial in the careers of both director Michael Winner and star Oliver Reed.[3]



Extensive location filming took place in south Devon including Brixham railway station (now demolished), Brixham Harbour, Elberry Cove, Paignton Beach, Harbour, and Pier, Torquay Palm Court hotel (now demolished), and Torquay seafront. Dartmouth, the Dartmouth ferry, Slapton Sands, and Hallsands also featured.[4]


  1. ^ "The SYSTEM". BFI Film and TV Database. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. ^ "What is the origin of the word 'grockle'?". Oxford Dictionaries website. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  3. ^ Vagg, Stephen (2020). The System - audio commentary (Media notes). Kino Lorber.
  4. ^ "Reelstreets | System, The".