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The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Music  -  26 August 2000 (USA)
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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 (Elizabeth's granddaughter)
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Patricia
Nicholas Palliser ...
Edward (as Nicholas Pallister)
Valentine Pelka ...
Leslie
Carla MacKinnon ...
Carol
Dom Chapman ...
Paul (street musician)
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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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band | blonde | swing band | drums | death | See more »

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It's never too late for an encore.

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Comedy | Music

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »
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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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Joanna: So you were the only man in the band?
Patrick: Just me and all those chicks.
Elizabeth: Oh do you mind? I'm not and never have been a chick.
Joanna: How did you get the job?
Patrick: Well, they couldn't find a girl who played the drums. I had a quiet word with Betty the Bandleader, two pairs of nylon stockings and the job was mine.
Elizabeth: Also he was on the run.
Patrick: Also I was on the run.
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Featured in The Unforgettable Joan Sims (2002) See more »

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Written by Max Harris
Performed by Andy Cass
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Simply, great drama
16 August 2003 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is about the reuniting in the present day of a female jazz band, established during the Second World War, first broadcast by the BBC in 2000. Watching it was quite an experience.

Judi Dench and Ian Holm play a widowed saxophonist and dragged up drummer who try to reunite the band, which includes singer Cleo Laine, US actress Olympia Dukakis and June Whitfield, of Absolutely Fabulous fame.

The late Joan Sims is perfectly cast as the bandleader, who is found playing the piano in a Hastings pub; French star Leslie Caron and Billie Whitelaw in cameos makes it all the more enjoyable.

A rare example of good drama, surprisingly good drama - I recommend it to everyone.


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