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'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  9 August 1947 (USA)
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Joan Webster is an ambitious and stubborn middle-class English woman determined to move forward since her childhood. She meets her father in a fancy restaurant to tell him that she will ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Carney ...
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Joan Webster
Walter Hudd ...
Hunter
Duncan MacKechnie ...
Captain 'Lochinvar' (as Captain Duncan MacKechnie)
Ian Sadler ...
Iain
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Torquil MacNeil
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Ruairidh Mhór
Murdo Morrison ...
Kenny
Margot Fitzsimons ...
Bridie
C.W.R. Knight ...
Colonel Barnstaple (as Captain C.W.R.Knight F.Z.S.)
Pamela Brown ...
Catriona
Donald Strachan ...
Shepherd
John Rae ...
Old Shepherd
Duncan McIntyre ...
His Son
Jean Cadell ...
Postmistress
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Storyline

Joan Webster is an ambitious and stubborn middle-class English woman determined to move forward since her childhood. She meets her father in a fancy restaurant to tell him that she will marry the wealthy middle-aged industrial Robert Bellinger in Kiloran island, in the Hebrides Islands, Scotland. She travels from Manchester to the island of Mull, where she stays trapped due to the windy weather. While in the island, she meets Torquil McNeil and as the days go by they fall in love with each other. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

9 August 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ich weiß wohin ich gehe  »

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£200,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1947 Emeric Pressburger met the head of the script department at Paramount who told Emeric that they used 'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945) as an example of the perfect screenplay which was shown to any writers stuck for inspiration or who needed a lesson in screen writing. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits, as the factory gate swings shut the top bar on it is partially obscured by the hanging miniature that adds another floor to the factory - which is really the front offices of Denham Studios. See more »

Quotes

Torquil MacNeil: She wouldn't see a pound note from one pensions day to another.
Joan Webster: People around here are very poor I suppose.
Torquil MacNeil: Not poor, they just haven't got money.
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Torquil MacNeil: Oh no, it's something quite different.
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Crazy Credits

We gratefully acknowledge our debt to Ian Mackenzie of Iona, Malcolm MacKellaig as Gaelic adviser, John Laurie in the Ceilidh Sequences, many friends on Colonsay and on the Island of Mull, and to true Scotsmen everywhere. See more »

Connections

Featured in I Know Where I'm Going! Revisited (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nut Brown Maiden
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Roger Livesey at the Céilidh, and played by three marching pipers at the end of the film.
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One of the best pictures of all time
6 March 2001 | by (Los Angeles, Calif.) – See all my reviews

Whenever I am asked what my favorite movie of all time is, I laugh and say it's an impossible question, but if pressed, I usually say it's I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING. I never, ever tire of watching this movie. It is a beautiful picture in every way. On the one hand, it is perfectly crafted with extraordinary visuals ("a new visual trick every minute," said Powell), and on the other, the story is a gem of romanticism.

The movie is ultimately about Wendy Hiller's character coming to terms with her emotions, with her romanticism, with the idea that love is something one cannot and should not control, and that the greatest thing about love is allowing it to wash over you and transform you. Hiller is transformed, and the process is a miraculous sight to behold. You will be transformed, too. The movie gets you to experience the process of falling in love, and it does so through a magnificent story and acting, and directing choices which especially use the Hebrides landscape to sort of cast a spell on the characters and on you. The landscape is one of the most special elements of this picture. See how carefully Hiller's train journey is presented..... it's like she's being transported to another world, a powerful world of romanticism and emotion.

On the surface, there is not much "plot" to this picture. But underneath, there is so much going on that the movie is tremendously engaging on an emotional level. It also contains what I think is the greatest, most joyous movie wedding of all time!


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