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The Winslow Boy (1999)

Early 20th century England: while toasting his daughter Catherine's engagement, Arthur Winslow learns the royal naval academy expelled his 14-year-old son, Ronnie, for stealing five ... See full summary »

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Dickie Winslow
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Lana Bilzerian ...
Undermaid
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John Watherstone
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Desmond Curry
Eve Bland ...
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Miss Barnes, Beacon Reporter
Perry Fenwick ...
Fred
Alan Polonsky ...
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Early 20th century England: while toasting his daughter Catherine's engagement, Arthur Winslow learns the royal naval academy expelled his 14-year-old son, Ronnie, for stealing five shillings. Father asks son if it is true; when the lad denies it, Arthur risks fortune, health, domestic peace, and Catherine's prospects to pursue justice. After defeat in the military court of appeals, Arthur and Catherine go to Sir Robert Morton, a brilliant, cool barrister and M.P., who examines Ronnie and suggests that they take the matter before Parliament to seek permission to sue the Crown. They do, which keeps Ronnie's story on the front page and keeps Catherine in Sir Robert's ken. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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29 October 1999 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$80,553, 2 May 1999, Limited Release

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$3,956,112, 31 October 1999
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Trivia

Actor Neil North, who played the First Lord of the Admiralty in this 1999 version, played Ronnie Winslow in the first film version of The Winslow Boy (1948). See more »

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Reflected in the cab window as Mr. Curry gets out. See more »

Quotes

Catherine Winslow: One thing puzzles me. Why are you always at such pains to prevent people knowing the truth about you, Sir Robert?
Sir Robert Morton: Am I indeed?
Catherine Winslow: You know that you are. Why?
Sir Robert Morton: Which of us knows the truth about himself?
Catherine Winslow: That is no answer.
Sir Robert Morton: My dear Miss Winslow, are you cross-examining me?
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Version of BBC Play of the Month: The Winslow Boy (1977) See more »

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Odd but Lovely
20 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit right off that I have never read the Terence Rattigan play from which this film is derived. Therefore, my evaluation of it purely concerns the film itself. I saw the movie during its brief stint in American theaters, and I was very surprised. It is the sort of film that I was amazed made it into Anerican movie theaters at all. It is neither fast-moving nor action-packed, and it contains no sexual content or violence. It centers around a functional British family and has very little romance. It does, however, address many issues and has a great deal of sophisticated humor.

Rebecca Pidgeon's performance was particularly memorable. She had the perfect combination of restraint and sarcasm. I have heard complaints about her-that she was too stiff and lackluster, but I found her character very believable. Perhaps this is because I come from a close, sarcastic family myself. The Winslows came off as very attached to each other, but their Britishness prevented them from being mushy.

I would definitely not recommend this movie to everyone. It is a very specific type of film and probably would be enjoyed by someone who is a fan of slow-paced, dialogue-driven period pieces or by someone who is a bibliophile. It is an unusual film, but I personally think it is pure gold.


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