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Release Date:
7 December 1986 (UK) See more »
3 nominations See more »
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A fantastic film - The original that spurned the Popular ITV Drama See more (1 total) »


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Gary McDonald ... Ethnic
Mark Arden ... Vaseline
James Hazeldine ... Bayleaf
James Marcus ... Tate
Sean Blowers ... Hallam

Rupert Baker ... Malcolm
Richard Walsh ... Sicknote
Gerard Horan ... Charisma

Jerome Flynn ... Rambo
Katharine Rogers ... Josie
Eric Deacon ... Gerry
Yvonne Edgell ... Nancy Tate

Hetty Baynes ... Mrs. Grant

Joy Richardson ... Charlene
Corinne Skinner-Carter ... Beatrice
Jason Rose ... Eldridge
Roger Griffiths ... Lloyd
Mary Jo Randle ... Marion I
Helen Blizard ... Marion II
James Saxon ... Man in Distress
Nigel Louie-Marie ... Street Kid (as Nigel Louis-Marie)
Astley Harvey ... Mr. Winston
Patrick Henry ... Aerosol Kid
Tricia Thorns ... Cash & Carry Cashier
Cynthia Powell ... At Community Centre
Kenneth Breinburg ... First Rasta
Leonard Hay ... Second Rasta
Peter McNamara ... Whitey
Stephen Brigden ... First Policeman

Ralph Brown ... Second Policeman

Steven O'Donnell ... Video Shop Proprietor
Norman Warwick ... Man at Fire
Brenda Cowling ... Man's Wife
Robert East ... Mr. Grant
Betty Romaine ... Old Lady
Jean Leppard ... Mrs. Lane
Bill Spencer ... Man with TV
Winston Crooke ... Pusher
Steve Emerson ... Policeman

Richard Cordery ... Registrar
John Joyce ... Doctor
Clive Shilson ... First Detective
Gary Webster ... Second Detective
Marsha Millar ... Young Woman
Gavin Brown ... Operator
Reginald Stewart ... Neighbour
Sammy Blair ... Child at Fire
Joe Blair ... Child at Fire
Eve Bland ... Mother at Fire
Leon Davis ... Teacher
P.J. Nicholas ... Dominic
Jelena Budimir ... Woman at Phone Box
Leon Silver ... Man at Phone Box
Kit Jackson ... Bank Teller
A.J. Clarke ... Commander Petrie

Joanne Zorian ... Jean Quigley
Rory O'Connor ... Snooker Referee
George Sweeney ... Club Official
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jade Goody ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Les Blair 
Writing credits
Jack Rosenthal (written by)

Produced by
Linda Agran .... executive producer
Paul Knight .... producer
Original Music by
Simon Brint 
Rowland Rivron 
Cinematography by
Geoff Harrison 
Film Editing by
John Costello 
Frank Webb 
Casting by
Corinne Rodriguez 
Production Design by
Colin Monk 
Costume Design by
Brenda Fox 
Makeup Department
Lorraine Brooks .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter McKay .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Brett .... first assistant director
Bill Challoner .... second assistant director
Kevin Holden .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Day .... assistant designer (as Bob Day)
John Demetri .... assistant designer
Ray Holt .... chargehand
Ray Holt .... standby props
Gerry Lambe .... property master
Jim Luck .... construction manager
Bill McCausland .... production buyer
Dick Whitbread .... graphics
Terry Jones .... production buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Holloway .... sound editor
Richard King .... sound mixer
Danny Longhurst .... assistant sound editor
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator
Reg Mills .... sound recordist
Alf Joint .... stunt advisor
Gareth Milne .... stunt arranger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Cadwallader .... key grip
Mike Lippmann .... focus puller
Ken Lowe .... camera operator
Bill Smith .... chief electrician
Mike Spragg .... clapper loader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Born-Thompson .... assistant costume designer
Jacqui Walton .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mick Gunter .... assistant editor
Sam Morton .... assistant editor
Music Department
November One .... songs
Other crew
Quenton Annis .... location manager
Jenny Brassett .... production secretary
Brian 'Nobby' Clark .... technical advisor: London Fire Brigade (as Brian Clark)
Jane Denholm .... stage manager
Sam Donovan .... continuity
Sam Donovan .... production assistant
Brian Kelly .... location manager
Brian Kelly .... researcher
Patsy Lightfoot .... producer's secretary
Mike Littlejohn .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

120 min (including commercials)

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A fantastic film - The original that spurned the Popular ITV Drama, 20 April 2005
Author: ajlewisdipponsmill from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Londons Burning the Movie! If you were a fan of London's Burning in its hey day, before it got over dramatised and silly, (thanks to ITV demanding that all ITV dramas get more gritty and feature more stunts in a bid to attract more viewers) then Londons Burning the Movie is will be a real treat.

Featuring many of the now familiar Londons Burning cast which reads like a who's who of famous British television actors the film is hard hitting compulsive viewing from the very start.

Jack Rosenthal (who sadly passed away this year) knew exactly how to write hard hitting , on the edge of your seat, dramas with just the right amount of comedy to keep things ticking along nicely.

Designed to be a one off -made for TV - movie, the film was that popular it spurned the popular ITV drama of the same name, which ran for many years before being axed in 2002.

The plot is based around the life and times of Blue Watch, Blackwall Fire Station East London.

Firstly there is Jose - London's first female firefighter,(remember the film was made back in the early eighties)how will the lads cope with a woman on their patch? Then there is the fantastic array of incidents and emergencies to respond to and of course the hilarious practical jokes and general tom foolery firefighters are famous for - adding some great comedy moments.

The screenplay is truly brilliant,and the observation of the characters portrayed is very accurate indeed.

The cast really get across the message that despite the practical jokes, the teasing , and general tomfoolery a fire crew is not just a group of "laddish" testosterone fuelled males, but a committed group of people who would do anything for their colleagues, they are a team who are more like a close knit family, the fire service family, a family which relies on each other to keep safe in the most dangerous situations.

The film climaxes with a thrilling on the edge of your seat scene that jeopardises the crew... I won't spoil it - all Ill say is watch it - the plot line is simply electric - a great story interwoven with many sub plots to keep things in top gear all the way through.

Compulsive viewing - fantastic film which was ahead of its time when released back in the early eighties as it was the first ever dramatisation portraying a British Fire Crew.

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