The adopted daughter of a privileged British politician uncovers a family secret in the weeks leading up to World War II.

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1939 is set between present-day London and the idyllic British countryside in the time before the beginning of the Second World War. At a time of uncertainty and high tension, the story revolves around the formidable Keyes family, who are keen to uphold and preserve their very traditional way of life. The eldest sibling Anne is a budding young actress who is in love with Foreign Office official Lawrence, but her seemingly perfect life begins to dramatically unravel when she stumbles across secret recordings of the pro-appeasement movement. While trying to discover the origin of these recordings, dark secrets are revealed which lead to the death of a great friend. As war breaks out Anne discovers the truth and flees to London to try to confirm her suspicions, but she is caught and imprisoned and only then does she finally begin to discover how badly she has been betrayed. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some violent images, language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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20 November 2009 (UK)  »

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£3,700,000 (estimated)

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£72,780 (UK) (27 November 2009)
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Garai and Temple starred earlier together in Atonement. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: This little war makes everything uncertain...
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 12 August 2011 (2011) See more »

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Goody Goody
(Johnny Mercer, Matty Malneck)
© 1935 The Johnny Mercer Foundation (ASCAP) and Chappell & Co. Inc (ASCAP)
All rights on behalf of the The Johnny Mercer Foundation
Administered by WB Music Corp. All rights reserved
Performed by Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy
Courtesy of GRP Records
Licensed by kind permission of Universal Music Operation Ltd.
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Such a disappointment
1 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have just watched this film with my wife, 43, my daughters 16, & 19 and my daughter's friend (male, 20). Being interested in history, we were expecting to be intrigued, entertained,thrilled. We were laughing at the absurdity of it my the end and although we stuck it out for 2 hours, we were beginning to not care how it ended. The film had a very poor storyline, was overly dramatic, built tension so many times with so many anticlimaxes it left us feeling like we had just wasted 2 hours of our lives. What a waste. We are not surprised this was a flop and ended up in the bargain bin. If you value your time and your sanity at all, please watch something else. Schindlers List, Charlotte Gray or Black Book all are good examples of entertaining storytelling about our history. Glorious 39 was quite simply, awful. Such a disappointment. Why can't we British make films anymore like we did in the 40s and 50s with John Mills and Richard Attenburgh at the helm.


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