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Sorrell and Son

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Spanning two decades of tragedy and joy, this faithful adaptation of Warwick Deeping's best-selling novel tells the story of Stephen Sorrell (Richard Pasco), a decorated British army officer, who returns home after the First World War to face unemployment, poverty and his wife's desertion. Determined to educate his son as a gentleman, Sorrell is forced to accept exhausting and demeaning jobs in order to provide him with the best possibilities for a brighter future. As seen on Masterpiece Theatre.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Pasco, Peter Chelsom, Paul Critchley, Gwen Watford, Stephanie Beacham
  • Directors: Derek Bennett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 314 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010S6EQK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sorrell and Son" on IMDb

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By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 6, 2008
Format: DVD
Koch Vision and BBC presents "SORRELL AND SON" (13 December 1987) (314 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Splendidly acted ... a refreshing reminder of kindness, compassion and self sacrifice ...Read more ›
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I loved this movie and am considering buying it. The story line is very much true to life. A father returns from the war to find his wife is leaving him and their son. When men came back from the war in 1918 the story line depicts just how hard it was to get work and make a marriage work. Everyone who came back was differant from when they went away but Sorrell is willing to do anything to give his son the best education, the best life and the best relationship he can.
We see Steven Sorrell work in any job he is lucky enough to find to earn the money to give his son a start. Of course a little poetic license is used but it in no way affects the telling of the tale. The hotel he finds himself in becomes his home and the staff his family. The owner goes of and leaves Sorrell in charge but he is also a very compassionate man that helps Sorrell find the right path for him and his son. The wife pops up here and there but she is never made to feel comfortable and quickly fades into the background.
One review said too many bedroom scenes but they are so well done and over with that I really did not think it affected the story as a whole. Kit, the son, is given every start his father can come by and ends up as a wonderful, compassionate surgeon who marries a beautiful girl who in turn has made her money via writing and owning a dress shop. A very diverse person but with an interesting deep ability to see into people.
Well written and acted and a good look into the early 20 centuary way of life. Sure not to disappoint.
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By C. Alford on November 9, 2011
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The story is one of the most moving portraits of a father's absolute love for his son that I have ever seen. With all odds against them unemployment, poverty ,and the mother's desertion, they pull through together toward a brighter future.
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I was very happy with Sorrell as it took a topic, the raising of a child by a single parent, and portrayed it with a great deal of dignity and positivity. The lead character dealing with his divorce, unemployment and feelings of desertion post WW1 strives to offer to his son a much better life than would normally be available to one of his social "status".

The personal trials of the father are messed together with the development of the son in such a way that the interplay shows the gradual progression of boy to man and from father to friend and guide in life.

The family situations ring very true, even for a period drama, and audiences will not have a hard time relating to these characters.

I don't recall anything being to adult themed that would make this film off limits to teens and should be a good view for al audiences.
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I enjoyed this movie that is mostly about a father & son relationship. Yes, the end is tearful but so is real life. I lent this to one of my bosses (in her 50's) who lent it to her father & mother (in their 80's) & they all liked it very much. I am 70 so it is enjoyed by a variety of ages.
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A good solid set of performances in a TV series based on Warwick Deeping's novel. Creates an image of the gradual breaking down of class barriers in the England of the 1920s. The main theme of a father's devotion to his son who symbolically represents the future is sensitively conveyed. A good reminder of what some would call "old-fashioned values" .
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