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Comrades (1986)

The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs". A group of 19th century English farm labourers who formed one of the first trade unions and started a campaign to receive fair wages.

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The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs". A group of 19th century English farm labourers who formed one of the first trade unions and started a campaign to receive fair wages. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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23 August 1987 (UK)  »

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Comrades - uomini liberi  »

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Trivia

Much of the filming was carried out in the abandoned village of Tyneham in Dorset. The residents were forced to move away in 1943 "as a temporary measure" because the War Office (now the MOD) commandeered the village to use it as firing ranges for training troops; after the war the Army placed a compulsory purchase order on the land and it has remained in use for military training ever since. However the remains of the buildings in the village are sometimes open to the public, despite being in the middle of a firing range. The village's very rare 1929 K1 Mark 236 telephone kiosk, which had been restored by volunteers a few years earlier, was accidentally flattened during filming of Comrades, and the film company had to obtain a replacement. See more »

Goofs

The action is set in the 1830s, but the Lanternist's magic lantern dates from the 1860s. See more »

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Diorama Showman: My dear sir, I think you underestimate the novelty of this unique exhibition. The diorama is the highest achievement of human ingenuity, delineating the most interesting parts of the world, in varying aspects of light and shade. How about a trip to the other side of the world tomorrow?
George Loveless: What you offer, sir, is illusion. It's the real world I'd like to see. In our short lives, we move about so little...
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At the end of the film, information about what happened to the six Martyrs appears onscreen in the style of a magic-lantern show. See more »

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Very Good Film
29 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

likewise..this is a truly great bit of film making. I have never seen a film before or since that gives such an interesting and atmospheric account of life in the English countryside of the 19th century. Also a film with a compassionate social message with strong characters that looks at what "ordinary" people can achieve when they work together. This is a film that should be issued on DVD and i would urge whomever is in charge of such things to find a way of doing this. It would appeal to many people from film buffs through to history students. I originally had to watch the film as part of a history course and it really brought that period of history to life for me.


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