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Glorious 39 (2009)

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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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Katharine Burford ...
Aunt Elizabeth


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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Drama | History | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 November 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

1939  »

Box Office


£3,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£72,780 (UK) (27 November 2009)


£84,063 (UK) (27 November 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Performed by Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy
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Pure pleasure to watch
30 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a treat is this dark and serpentine story of conspiracy, betrayal and innocence violated. It is the more powerful, compelling and involving for its subtle and wonderfully gentle understatement.

A very English film, it presents genuine, familiar and engaging period performances from a fine cast headed by the extremely watchable Bill Nigh - who's character oozes honeyed treachery. It resonated strongly with me. The themes and characters are gripping.

Such a pity it was not made fifty years ago so that it could now be watched in authentic black and white. I've not noticed it on general release in the UK. I can't imagine why not - it will become a classic. I watched it without seeing any of the credits first, but recognised it after just a few minutes as the work of Stephen Poliakoff.

Watching this film gave me much pleasure. I commend it highly.

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