An adaptation of JB Priestly's play set in a post-apocalyptic 1975.

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Dr. Bahru
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Franklyn Heimer (as Mike McShane)
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It is 1975. The third world war happened soon after the second ended and Britain was devastated by nuclear weapons. The largest town is Shrewsbury and the country is entirely pastoral. After an important mineral is found in the South Downs, the three great powers, USSR, America and India send representatives to organize the mining of the mineral. Due to travel problems in this non-industrial country they have to stay with a local family for much longer than expected. During the stay they are each asked difficult questions about their lives and the societies they come from. The inhabitants of the now non-industrial Britain have no dislike of their pastoral existence. The title of the play comes from a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" that is being produced by two members of the family. Written by Jules

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26 November 1994 (UK)  »

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Difficult to Find Emily Watson Early Treasure
18 October 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

The film itself is only worth the effort of finding in order to witness the very early brilliance of Ms. Emily Watson. Her role is small but she shines so blindingly that there is clear evidence that we are witnessing something very, very special happen as Watson blooms before our very eyes into the supremely gifted genius who has become recognized as the finest actor of our time. Other actors might be lost within the group of actors in this motion picture but there is something so special about Ms. Watson that she can't begin to contain the stunning gifts bursting forth from within her soul. Each performance recorded in front of the cameras has been breathtakingly magnificent and it is interesting to watch that greatness first explode onto the screen in this early modest effort. Of the film itself there is little to say and it is certainly only the presence of the incomparable Emily Watson that makes it worthy of any note at all. However, Watson alone is reason enough to seek out this film and treat oneself to one of the earliest examples of what was to become the most phenomenal career in cinema history. Critics may not always be kind to every film in which Watson has appeared but they have uniformly raved about her performances without exception. So, even this little noticed motion picture is lifted from obscurity by the mere appearance of this living gem, this national treasure, in an early display of the wondrous gifts of Ms. Emily Watson, actor of beauty, passion, and extraordinary limitless depth and power.


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