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The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music | TV Movie 26 August 2000
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A woman tries to reunite the swing band she played with during WWII.

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Elizabeth
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Patrick
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Madeleine
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Dinah
Cleo Laine ...
Gwen
Joan Sims ...
Betty
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Evelyn
June Whitfield ...
Annie
Thelma Ruby ...
Vera
Millie Findlay ...
Joanna
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Patricia
Nicholas Palliser ...
Edward (as Nicholas Pallister)
Valentine Pelka ...
Leslie
Carla MacKinnon ...
Carol
Dom Chapman ...
Paul
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After Elizabeth's husband dies, she begins to play her tenor saxophone again, and remembers when she was 15 and a member of the Blonde Bombshells, an all-girl (with one exception) swing band. Accompanied by the exception and urged on by her grand-daughter, Elizabeth hunts up all the old members of the band and urges them to perform, and in doing so, learns more than she knew about the band, its members, the roses on the drum set, and herself--the last of the Blonde Bombshells. Written by Kathy Li

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It's never too late for an encore.

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »
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Also Known As:

Az utolsó szőke bombázó  »

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The film contains the last acting performance of Joan Sims. See more »

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When the girls are walking across the rubble after the bombings we see one of the girls in a red coat wearing trainers. See more »

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[At the crematorium, according to the late George's wishes the song 'Magic Moments' is played]
Patricia: Are you alright?
Elizabeth: As well as can be expected.
Patricia: If you want to cry, go ahead.
Elizabeth: I just hate this fucking tune.
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Featured in Timeshift: Alan Plater: Hearing the Music (2005) See more »

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When the World Was Young
From the song "Chevalier de Paris"
Music by Philippe-Gérard
Lyrics by Angèle Vannier
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Cleo Laine and The Blonde Bombshells
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Nostalgic Charm
7 March 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Blonde Bombshells were an all-British World War II jazz band/big band. It was nearly an all-girl band, too, except for Patrick (Ian Holm), the drummer. Judi Dench, a saxaphonist for the group, wishes to reunite the Blonde Bombshells for a gig at her granddaughter's school dance. The idea is slightly comparable to Penny Marshall's "A League of Their Own," except there is about even focus on both past and present whereas Marshall's film is primarily all flashback.

It is a charming little film with great performances by British (Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Leslie Caron), American (Olympia Dukakis), and Jazz heavyweights (Cleo Laine) who provide that sentimental charm and excellent humor to make this a fine film.


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