The Wednesday Play: Season 1, Episode 71

Cathy Come Home (28 Mar. 1969)

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From the BBC's influential 'Wednesday Play' series. This tells the bleak tale of Cathy, who loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare... See full summary »

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Carol White ...
Ray Brooks ...
Reg Ward
Winifred Dennis ...
Mrs. Ward
Wally Patch ...
Grandad
Adrienne Frame ...
Eileen
Emmett Hennessy ...
Johnny
Alec Coleman ...
Wedding Guest
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Property Agent
Gabrielle Hamilton ...
Welfare Officer
Phyllis Hickson ...
Mrs. Alley
Frank Veasey ...
Mr. Hodge
Barry Jackson ...
Rent Collector
James Benton ...
Man at Eviction
Ruth Kettlewell ...
Judge
John Baddeley ...
Housing Officer
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From the BBC's influential 'Wednesday Play' series. This tells the bleak tale of Cathy, who loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system. A grim picture is painted of mid-sixties London, and though realistic the viewer cannot but realise that a political point is being made. One of the consequences of this film was the enormous public support for the housing charity 'Shelter', whose public launch came shortly after the programme was first shown. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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At an anniversary screening of 'Cathy Come Home', Ken Loach spoke of how the play had become an important part in making the debate on homelessness public. At the same event his producer, Tony Garnett, pointed out that the number of homeless in Britain had more than doubled "but Ken (Loach) and I now live in much more expensive houses." See more »

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a FANTASTIC way to ruin an evening
14 October 2004 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

Cathy Come Home is one of the bleaker movies i've ever seen. I remember some friends and i went to see a screening with the intention of going out to the bars afterwards. instead, we just all went home and drank alone...

very powerful, definitely worth a look. Cathy's hope and youth is gradually sucked out of her as she has children and slides down the economic ladder until she is completely broken. the point of the film is that the institutions designed to help get women like cathy back on their feet were traps that insured the women would lose their children. the two most notable scenes occur a) at the end when the government tracks her down and rips her children from her arms, only to leave her there sobbing b) when angry townspeople burn their gyspy shanty-town to the ground.

from the waning years of the English Free-Cinema.


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