A young Englishwoman spends 20 years to make whatever kind of life for herself at the expense of others around her in post-World War 2 England.

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Cast

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Raymond Brock
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Alice Park
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Sir Leonard Darwin
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Mick
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Sir Andrew Charleson
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Lazar
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Mr. Aung
André Maranne ...
Villon
Pik Sen Lim ...
Madame Aung
Ian Wallace ...
Medlicoti
Tristram Jellinek ...
Dawncey
Peter Forbes-Robertson ...
Brussells Hotel Manager
Hugo De Vernier ...
Doctor
James Taylor ...
Tony (dead man)
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Susan Traherne has been irreparably changed by her wartime experiences as a Resistance fighter. She sets out in the post-war world to make her way to what she wants, no matter who is hurt, or how. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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She would settle for nothing less... See more »

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20 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Bolluk  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

SOE stands for the "Special Operations Executive". It was a British Second World War military intelligence outfit. The SOE was officially formed by Hugh Dalton, the UK Minister of Economic Warfare, after cabinet authorization on 22nd July 1940. Its aims were to undertake sabotage, espionage and reconnaissance in WW II Europe under enemy occupation. Later, war operations were also conducted in South East Asia as well against any Axis powers there such as Japan and also to provide assistance to any regional resistance movements. The SOE also had nick-names and unofficial names, such as "Churchill's Secret Army", "The Baker Street Irregulars", and "The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare". See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Meryl Streep and Charles Dance meet for the first time in her apartment in England, after he removes her coat and the camera starts a slow dolly in (right after she says "A commute on the cross-channel ferry"), a wheel of the dolly is visible in the reflection of the painting of the cherubs on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Susan Traherne: I would stop, I would stop, I would stop fucking talking if I ever heard anybody else say anything worth fucking stopping talking for!
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Down by the Riverside
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Arranged by Terry Lightfoot
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A post WWII world seen through English eyes
11 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

David Hare's brilliant stage play has been translated beautifully to the screen. The peculiar English trait of natural melancholy radiates throughout this sad exercise of seeing all through the lens of British class consciousness, repression and despair. The color photography, the performances, the stifling framing of the widescreen shots all add to the oppressive beauty of a story about the self-destruction of a preternaturally beautiful woman. Mery Streep has never been better before or since. Hare makes her intellectual acuity a weapon against herself as she sees through all the ghastly pretenses of a corroding Empire. No insight, no beauty of body, no letting go of formality and pretense can save her from herself. Feminism itself is taken to the burning stake as Streep's character thrashes, Hedda Gabbler like, against walls and prohibitions beyond her understanding. Rarely has such condemnation looked so ravishing.


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