In 1940, during World War II, an officer is sent to investigate rumors of German spies in a sleepy village where various people are the victims of war hysteria.

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Captain John Truman
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Mr. Reed
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Alice Durkow
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Karen Miller
Joanna Foster ...
Joan
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Linda
Sally Baxter ...
Susan
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Dennis Ibbetson
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Joe Hutton
Anna Mottram ...
Gayle Hutton
Bert Parnaby ...
Fleming
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John Joyce ...
Charlie Muir
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Roy Bates
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Ian Street
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A film about the cruelty of war. Charles Dance plays an officer who is sent out to investigate a rumour about German spies during the chaotic days of 1940. At the same time three land girls are arriving at a sleepy little village. These three together with a German refugee family and the local doctor falls victims to war hysteria and is killed by a local mob - while Charles Dance is trying to rescue them. Written by Robert Paladin

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10 April 1984 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Misogyny
5 September 2004 | by (Tel Aviv) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on television in 1986. To saw that it portrays the "cruelty of war" is not quite exact. It portrays (some) men's hate of women from the first to the last.

Women who are already living in, and have come to a small English village, to help the war effort in WWII create resentment among the men who have been exempt from service for various reasons and left behind. The men can only deal with their not having an opportunity to "serve their country" and jealousy of women who can by resorting to violence.

I think, although I hope not, that this was based on something that really happened.

Chilling, even when I think of it almost 20 years later.


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