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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

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

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24 July 1987 (USA)  »

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Wish You Were Here!  »

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$3,283,832 (USA)
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The picture was nominated for three BAFTA Awards and won one for Best Original Screenplay for David Leland. See more »

Quotes

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

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The Hokey Cokey
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Written by Jimmy Kennedy
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silly behaviour leads to predictable outcomes
2 May 2015 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Like most of the above reviewers say, this movie is a good film for a laugh and plenty of outrageous behaviour from the protagonist, Lynda. A terrific reproduction of 50s Britain - right down to the dressing gown patterns and minor consumer products. But what is it she really wants and what does she learn from her foolish behaviour? 'Nothing' seems to be the answer. And this 'nothing' seems to be the major theme. It is a film about folly.

In many ways Lynda's path is boringly predictable: She has no understanding of the man who manipulates her, nor of the future consequences of her rudeness and impulsive behaviour. One wonders what amount of social realism is represented here for an unmarried mother of the period. Poorly paid jobs, lack of support, a low income to further disable somebody with little patience and understanding of the situation she has largely created for herself. A fun attitude, temporary prettiness and her fast-disappearing youth will not go that far.


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