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Nella Last
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Daddy (Will Last)
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Cliff Last
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Arthur Last
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Dot
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Mrs Whittaker
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Mrs Waite
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Mrs Lord
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Mrs Lynch
Wendy Nottingham ...
Miss Finch
Jane Lowe ...
Mrs Higham
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Mrs Mac
Sian Brooke ...
Evelyn Edwards (as Siân Brooke)
Laura Power ...
Madeleine Whittaker
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Dr Roger Brierley
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In the late 1930s Nella Last,a housewife aged 49,living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English coast,agrees to send details of her routine to the Mass observation project,a non-governmental scheme designed to chronicle the lives of ordinary people. When war comes Nella defies her over-protective husband to join the local Women's Voluntary Service. Initially diffident she blossoms thanks to the dominant but kindly Mrs. Waite,and enjoys her independence as a useful war worker. The film also shows her relationship with her two sons as well as the effect of the war on the community and ends by explaining that Nella kept in touch with the Mass Observation project until her death in 1968. Written by don @ minifie-1

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10 December 2006 (UK)  »

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Háziasszony 49  »

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The second time Nella Last gets off the bus at the Town Hall, the Forum 28 Theatre is visible on the top window of the bus. That is where Forum is situated, but it was not built until between the 60's and 70's. See more »

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[on VJ Night, Nella is standing at the living-room window watching the victory fireworks]
Nella Last: Must have come through on the last news at quarter to twelve. Come and see! There's huge rockets going up from the ships in the dock. Come and see!
Daddy - Will Last: [miserably] They woke me up.
Nella Last: So that's peace, then.
Daddy - Will Last: Well, it's not *my* idea of peace, this damn racket. Hope it's not going to go on all night.
Nella Last: Shall we go out? Have a see, have a drive around?
Daddy - Will Last: I can see drunken fools any time. I'm back to my bed. Will *you* go?
Nella Last:
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"We knew we weren't forgotten."
31 October 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Housewife, 49" is a remarkable film in how it captures a picture of life that commonly goes unseen. Victoria Wood, the star of the film, is quite good. She offers a performance that's very easy to get into, full of emotional complexity and human depth. I was quite impressed by David Threlfall, who plays Wood's husband here. He convincingly captures a certain generation and personality of man that you don't often see on film. Not abusive or offensive, but emotionally distance and overly self-controlled. Stephanie Cole is good, but she isn't given much to work with here. The script tends to wander a bit too much at times. The entire subplot revolving around people reading the letters seems tacked-on and ultimately unnecessary.

I'm glad I saw this. It offers up a close human insight. The TV movie format holds things down a bit, but the best is made of it. "Housewife, 49" is a good film.


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