The Moth (1997)

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Set in 1913 Northumbria, England, the story is about Robert Bradley, a strong-willed young worker at a Jarrow shipyard, who arrives home one day to find that his father has died. At the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Bradley
David Howey ...
John Bradley
Janet Dale ...
Alice Bradley
Sally Grey ...
Carrie Bradley
Angela Lonsdale ...
Nancy Parkin
Leslie Schofield ...
Billy Taggart
Mike Rossi ...
Millie Thorman
Sarah Thorman
Dave Waters
Ian Kelly ...
James Crockford
Jeremy Clyde ...
Reginald Thorman
John Quarmby ...
Samuel Bennett
Kate Thorman


Set in 1913 Northumbria, England, the story is about Robert Bradley, a strong-willed young worker at a Jarrow shipyard, who arrives home one day to find that his father has died. At the funeral he meets his father's estranged brother, his uncle John Bradley, and his wife Alice who offer Robert a new home and a place in his uncle's carpentry workshop. Robert accepts and after a few weeks at his new home, he is out walking late one night on the grounds of a rundown estate when he meets an ethereal young girl, Millie Thorman, whom the locals call the Moth, and befriends her. All seems to be going well for Robert until his cousin, Carrie, is revealed to be pregnant. Robert is immediately the suspected father, which he adamantly denies, but no one believes him. Even worse Carrie will not say who the real father is because she has always had a crush on Robert, and would rather marry him. Robert refuses to take the responsibility, shocking the townspeople, and leaves his relative's house, ... Written by

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3 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

For anyone interested in the true nature of men and women, this is an invaluable resource.

In the same way that GWTW can be watched to get a picture of true masculine energy in Captain Butler, the character of Robert Bradley in this movie shows how a dominant alpha male looks, acts, and sounds who is also capable of great tenderness and strength of character.

Sarah exemplifies strong, assertive, very feminine womanhood. I watched the movie several times over, wanting to be just like Robert and wanting to find a woman like Sarah.

All the supporting cast is excellent as well. Strong characterization; extremely plausible events and sets and props; I felt like I got into a time machine and traveled to 1913 England. The heroes and villains are entirely believable. This is in my top 10 favorite movies of all time now.

I stumbled across this movie and was shocked at how good it is. Being American, I had never even heard of Cookson. She is practically unknown in the USA, compared to her success in the UK.

I don't want to give anything away here; I will say that this movie is a perfect example of the John Sebastian lyric: "makes you feel happy like an old-time movie". If you like Jane Austen, you will like Cookson.

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