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During World War II, young Rusty was sent to America for safety. It's now five years later and the spunky redhead returns to her native England. From the family she hardly remembers to snobby classmates and rule-filled boarding schools, Rusty must adapt to a whole new way of life.

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Hayley Carr, who played Rusty, was named after Hayley Mills, who portrayed her mother in this film. See more »

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Remade as Back Home (2001) See more »

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Lifeless but also very Disney
18 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

While no book has ever been made into an exact film, this Disney version of Michelle Magorian's book at least has the bones of the story down, but the body is quite listless and bloodless. The emotion, painful and joyful, has been drained out. While the book includes Rusty's inner thoughts here we get none of that and end up only skimming along the surface of the character and her story. Her extreme misery, to the point of a near suicide attempt, is glossed over or completely missing. The writers deleted outright a number of characters, greatly pared-down the ones left, and somehow manage to nearly delete an entire World War and the hardships is caused in England that were completely foreign to a girl who'd spent that time in America.

After reading "Back Home" watching the film makes me feel like I'm living through story and character rationing. I guess I'll just have to Keep Strong and Read The Book.


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