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It Happened Here (1965)

In 1940, the Nazis invade Britain and transform it into a fascist state where some Britons collaborate and others resist.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauline Murray ...
Pauline
...
Doctor Richard Fletcher
Bart Allison ...
Skipworth
Reginald Marsh ...
IA Medical Officer
Frank Bennett ...
IA Political Leader
Derek Milburn ...
Partisan
Nicolette Bernard ...
IA Woman Commandant
Nicholas Moore ...
IA Group Leader Moorfield
Rex Collett ...
IA NCO
Michael Passmore ...
IA Man
Peter Dineley ...
German Officer
Barrie Pattison ...
Street Corner Speaker
Honor Fearson ...
Honor Hutton
Ronald Phillips ...
German NCO
Frank Gardner ...
Partisan
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It is the Second World War. The Nazis have invaded Britain. There is a split between the resistance and those who prefer to collaborate with the invaders for a quiet life. The protagonist, a nurse, is caught in the middle. Written by Anonymous

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The Story of Hitler's England See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | War

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Release Date:

8 August 1966 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)
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(director's cut)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in black and white on 16 mm film. Despite its grainy, newsreel feel, no actual stock footage was used. The filming equipment was mostly borrowed. The audio quality and lighting during the opening are poor, making the opening dialog difficult to follow. Stanley Kubrick donated film stock from 'Dr. Strangelove' to help finish this film. Wartime BBC radio announcers Alvar Lidell and John Snagge donated their services to reconstruct voice newsreels and radio broadcasts. Director Tony Richardson co-financed the final production. See more »

Quotes

[Pauline is registering]
Pauline: I've decided to join.
Clerk: We don't accept your decisions. You accept ours.
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Connections

Referenced in Planet of the Apes (2001) See more »

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Ascot, a Race Against Time
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Music by Jack Beaver and Ray Beaver
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Thank god it didn't!
2 July 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Being a Londoner, and born but a few months after England declared war on

Germany, this film has always held a special significance for me. I originally saw it when it opened in London: a mere twelve years after the worst war in living memory, had ended. I saw it for the second time recently at a friend's house. To me, it is still the best film about the occupation of a country by a foreign army. In his book, "How It Happened Here", co-director, Kevin Brownlow explains how he got the idea to

make this film. He just happened to be walking down a London street, at the

moment when a car screeched to a halt outside a shop. Four or so heavyset

men piled out of the car. They were dressed, recalls Brownlow, in grey

overcoats in a style reminiscent of Russian KGB agents. All were bulky and

acted in a furtive manner. It got Brownlow thinking: "what if....."

On a budget that can only be described as miniscule, it took Brownlow and his co-director, Andrew Mollo, eight years to complete the film. It's shot in a

quasi-documentary style, which makes it even more realistic. Their attention to detail is amazing considering the paucity of funds available - every uniform the actors wore was sewn by Mrs. Mollo. While I can't claim to personally 'remember' those years when London was

bombed constantly, I can recall the sound, or should I say lack of it (we were all inside a bomb shelter), when a German V-2 rocket (nicknamed a doodle-bug),

ran out of fuel and plummeted to the ground. We were lucky: it landed but a few streets away, killing many, many people, breaking windows, shaking chimneys and covering all our possesions in a thick layer of soot!


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