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Bitter Harvest (1963)

 -  Drama  -  10 October 1963 (UK)
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A pretty young woman will do anything to escape her deadly dull existence in the backlots of Wales. But when she reaches the bright lights of London is the price too high?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jennie Jones
John Stride ...
Bob Williams
Anne Cunningham ...
Ella
Alan Badel ...
Karl Denny
Vanda Godsell ...
Mrs. Pitt
Norman Bird ...
Mr. Pitt
Terence Alexander ...
Andy
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Rex
Barbara Ferris ...
Violet
William Lucas ...
David Medwin
Daphne Anderson ...
Nancy Medwin
Derek Francis ...
Mr. Jones
Mary Merrall ...
Aunt Louise
May Hallatt ...
Aunt Sarah
Colin Gordon ...
Charles
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A pretty young woman will do anything to escape her deadly dull existence in the backlots of Wales. But when she reaches the bright lights of London is the price too high?

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An entertaining midnight to dawn film.
21 July 2002 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie turned up on a local television station in the midnight to dawn slot and I watched it purely by chance. I had never heard of this British movie nor were any of the actors/actresses familiar to me. Despite this the opening scene, musical theme and the scene after it made me want to stick around until the end and learn the full story.

The movie is about Jenny, who predictably is poor and leads a dull ordinary life. Influenced by the models she sees in television and magazine ads, she dreams of a life full of glamour, excitement, beautiful clothes etc. A naive Jenny, in an unexpected and unplanned manner finds herself in London. She has no money and no clothes except for the clothes she's wearing. Her dream does eventually become a reality, but she becomes a victim. Was it all worth it?

The movie begins in the present, flashes back to the not so distant past and back to the present for the final scenes. Jenny's life is shown up to a certain point. After that you are left to fill in the gaps of what might have happened to her, but the clues make it obvious.

Parts of the story were predictable and you could see the story unfold from a mile away. This however did not ruin my enjoyment of the film. Part of the enjoyment was the ending. I expected a more predictable ending, but instead I was surprised and a little stunned.

The theme of the movie seems to be poor, happy and in love versus rich and miserable. The final scene to me suggests that Jenny would have been better off if she had stayed with the man who loved her even though they were living in poverty.

An entertaining dramatic film with a good but depressing storyline. It was worth staying up for.


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