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We first meet young Bill Rowan (a rosy-mouthed, freckle-faced imp named Sebastian Rice-Edwards), the son of a closely-knit middle class English family, as he plays in the backyard of his London home on the day war is declared between Germany and Great Britain.
His little sister, Sue (Geraldine Muir, who could definitely pass for the daughter of David Hayman, who plays Bill's father, Clive) pedals about the backyard singing a pop ditty of the day, and his older sister, Dawn (a vivacious and overly-flirtatious Sammi Davis)angrily storms about trying to find her mislaid stockings as the children's careworn parents (including an emotional Sarah Miles as Grace Rowan)listen to a radio report of how their world is about to change.
Oftentimes, with the accompaniment of their friends, Mac and Molly (Derrick O'Connor and Susan Woolridge), we follow the Rowans through the emotional dilemma of whether or not to send Bill and Sue overseas to escape the air raids in those uncertain times, Bill's difficulties with intimidating authority figures(Susan Brown, Gerald James) in school, the disruption of a school day by an air raid, and a German pilot (Charlie Boorman) landing in a victory garden.
Air raids soon hit close to home and, and while Mr. Rowan is away in the Army, his wife and children endure a night of terror as Luftwaffe bombs shatter their windows; the following day, they deal with shattered lives.Read more ›
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A not well known movie that is touching and elevating; I don't understand why it hasn't become a household favorite. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Jeanette Rost
Don't panic. It's in English. It has Korean subtitles for those that want them. But if you love this very funny and touching account of what it was like to grow up in England... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Louise Rocha-McCarthy
The web page, and the dvd's case, claim that there are both Korean and English subtitles. There are no English titles. Annoying and inconvenient.Published 4 months ago by Ken Rothman
Great movie!!! A good insight into the resiliency of the British and also, America's greatest generation. Witty and charming, but also full of grit.Published 6 months ago by Lifespurly
It has been many years since I've seen this movie. Some of the scenes that I liked was when the children had to bring in a lot of fish they threw a stick of dynamite into the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by jackiepapertracer
Born in 1949 I grew up in London suburbs little changed from those depicted in this delightful film from John Boorman, In my early childhood bombsites were still very common and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alan. J. Reynolds
I really enjoyed this film. It reminded me of when I was young ( I was born in the middle of World War II )Published 7 months ago by Michael J.
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