Wish You Were Here (1987)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  24 July 1987 (USA)
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In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age.... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trudi Cavanagh ...
Tap Dancing Lady
Clare Clifford ...
Mrs. Parfitt
Barbara Durkin ...
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Hubert Mansell
Charlotte Barker ...
Chloe Leland ...
Charlotte Ball ...
Pat Heywood ...
Aunt Millie
Abigail Leland ...
Margaret (aged 7)
Susan Skipper ...
Lynda's Mother
Geoffrey Durham ...
Harry Figgis
Sheila Kelley ...
Joan Figgis
Neville Smith ...
Cinema Manager


In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age. At sixteen, she becomes more exhibitionist and seeks out sexual encounters challenging the prevailing lower-middle class attitudes to sex. She eventually becomes pregnant by an acquaintance of her father. Written by Will Gilbert

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Some people march to the beat of a different drummer. Lynda's got her own brass band.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

24 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wish You Were Here!  »

Box Office


$3,283,832 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The age of actress Emily Lloyd when she appeared in this movie was about sixteen years old. See more »


Lynda Mansell: Have I got nice tits, or have I got nice tits?
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Referenced in Madam Cyn's Home Movies (2006) See more »


The Robin's Return
(1898) (uncredited)
Music by Leander Fisher
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27 April 2002 | by (huddersfield - england) – See all my reviews

a beautiful film, very human, very funny...... faultless performances all round. Emily Lloyd is wonderful, this is a performance of real depth and adeptness. Wonderfully emotive and poignant whilst being funny. Where are you Emily?

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