6.8/10
2,011
21 user 11 critic

Wish You Were Here (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 24 July 1987 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Honeytrap (2002)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A woman is forced to confront her dark side when she investigates her husband's suspected infidelity.

Director: Michael G. Gunther
Stars: Emily Lloyd, Valerie Edmond, Anthony Green
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town. Shade is the type to escape in ... See full summary »

Director: Allison Anders
Stars: Brooke Adams, Ione Skye, Fairuza Balk
Rambling Rose (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall ... See full summary »

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, Diane Ladd
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Four friends lose themselves in a carefree South-East Asian holiday. Only three come back. Dave and Alice return home to their young family desperate for answers about Jeremy's mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Kieran Darcy-Smith
Stars: Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price
Scandal (1989)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Based on the Profumo Scandal of 1963, an affair between an exotic dancer and the Minister of War shakes up the British government.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: John Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

During World War II, an American serviceman in London decides to impress his English girlfriend by acting as an American gangster, which soon turns deadly.

Director: Bernard Rose
Stars: Emily Lloyd, Kiefer Sutherland, John Lahr
In Country (1989)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Samantha Hughes, a teenaged Kentucky girl, never knew her father, who died in Vietnam before her birth. Samantha lives with her uncle Emmett, who also served in Vietnam. Emmett hangs around... See full summary »

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Emily Lloyd, Bruce Willis, Joan Allen
Gone to Earth (1950)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A beautiful, superstitious, animal-loving Gypsy is hotly desired by a fox-hunting squire...even after she marries a clergyman.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Jennifer Jones, David Farrar, Cyril Cusack
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was ... See full summary »

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Sebastian Rice-Edwards
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A stormy relationship, complicated by the strictures of 1950s social class and gender roles, ends in death. Based on the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, Ian Holm
Foxes (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, Marilyn Kagan
No Reasons (2016)
Drama | Horror | Thriller

A missing girl, gangsters, a terrible secret, and a heavy body count. The British soap opera genre just got nasty.

Director: Spencer Hawken
Stars: Marc Bannerman, Lucinda Rhodes, Daniel Peacock
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trudi Cavanagh ...
Tap Dancing Lady
...
Clare Clifford ...
Mrs Parfitt
Barbara Durkin ...
Valerie
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Hubert
Charlotte Barker ...
Gillian
...
Eric
Chloe Leland ...
Margaret
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wish You Were Here!  »

Box Office

Gross:

$3,283,832 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the famous English actor that one of Lynda Mansell (Emily Lloyd)'s lovers did an impersonation of was Ronald Colman. See more »

Quotes

Lynda Mansell: Have I got nice tits, or have I got nice tits?
See more »

Connections

Version of Personal Services (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

It Had To Be You
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wish you were here, but I'm doing just fine, actually
12 May 2006 | by (Chicago IL) – See all my reviews

With another actress in the lead, this film could have been another entry in the long, venerable line of British films about the misery of working-class life, a genre that stretches from "kitchen sink" classics like "Room at the Top" and "A Taste of Honey" (wonderfully ironic titles, of course) to such Mike Leigh bleakfests as "Meantime" and "All or Nothing." However, this film stars Emily Lloyd. Her character of Lynda seems written as a fragile, wounded creature driven to extreme behavior by emotional neglect (her mother died when she was young and her father is a stern, distant dope) and a rigid, oppressive social hierarchy (she suffers after being used and abandoned by a series of heartless men who are either older or wealthier than herself). As played by Emily Lloyd, however, Lynda is a joyful nymphomaniac who delights in offending people, kind of a "Happy Hooker Goes to Liverpool." Her outrageous behavior seems less a symptom of willful self-destructiveness than an animating demon impulse. In her dalliances with men, she seems to be seeking sexual satisfaction ("it's very nice, but is that all there is?") instead of love and security. Which makes her a distinctly post-feminist heroine out of "Sex and the City" instead of a victim of injustice out of a Theodore Dreiser novel. Which makes her completely out of sync with the rest of this gray, deterministic film. It doesn't help that Emily Lloyd, at least here, is so beautiful that she's literally luminous -- she seems to glow with a light that isn't shining on anything else in the film. Plus she's so vital and boisterous that we don't believe the circumstances which should be destroying her would even slow her down all that much. The key scene, which will either delight or disgust you, comes midway through the movie when lovely young Lynda takes a midnight stroll in her garden and ends up gamboling about, waking the neighbors (neighbours?) by screaming "up your BUUUUUUUUMMMMM!" at the top of her lungs. Is she a wounded soul begging for love and tolerance? A free spirit kicking against the pricks? A brat who needs to be spanked? Your answer to this question will determine your view of "Wish You Were Here."


18 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favourite Quotes drsureshot
Emily Lloyd harbormystic
Don't be misguided by ratings.... BlueLeaves
Fantastic Film wonderfulpisces
Just Wondering.. peter_and_the_wolf_86
Discuss Wish You Were Here (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?