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Glorious 39 -- Anne Keyes (Romola Garai), a young woman from a powerful political family, stumbles upon evidence of a Nazi conspiracy plot. As war rages on, Anne discovers the dark truths hidden by those closest to her and becomes caught in a web of lies and betrayal.
Glorious 39 -- A historical drama of wartime conspiracy centered on the formidable Keyes family, who try to uphold their traditional British way of life on the eve of World War II, as their eldest daughter Anne (Romola Garai) unravels secret recordings of a pro-Hitler appeasement movement.
Glorious 39 -- In this tense psychological thriller, Anne Keyes (Romola Garai), a young woman from a powerful political family, stumbles upon sinister evidence relating to a secret Nazi conspiracy plot.


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Romola Garai ... Anne

Eddie Redmayne ... Ralph

Juno Temple ... Celia

Toby Regbo ... Michael

Christopher Lee ... Walter

Corin Redgrave ... Oliver

Charlie Cox ... Lawrence

David Tennant ... Hector

Bill Nighy ... Alexander

Jeremy Northam ... Balcombe
Katharine Burford ... Lucy

Jenny Agutter ... Maud

Julie Christie ... Aunt Elizabeth

Hugh Bonneville ... Gilbert

Asier Newman ... Mick

Nicholas Blane ... Vicar

Jane Fowler ... Kathleen
Sam Kubrick-Finney ... Young Walter
Angela Terence ... Betty

Jason White ... Dawson

Tom Goodman-Hill ... Director

Anthony Flanagan ... Military Policeman

Ryan Kiggell ... Soldier Guarding Door

Sarah Woodruff ... Miss Semel
Suzanne Burden ... Receptionist at Vet

Richard Cordery ... Vet
Joy McBrinn ... Mrs. Knight
Sharon Bower ... Michael's Mother
Muriel Pavlow ... Old Anne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Anderson ... Choir Boy (uncredited)
Barry Ashton ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Anna Bailey ... Sleeping Girl / Debutante (uncredited)
Catherine Balavage ... Sleeping Girl / Debutante (uncredited)
James Bartholomew ... Police Photographer (uncredited)
Alyn Gwyndaf ... Plain Clothes Detective (uncredited)
Sam Heydon ... Henry Appleby (uncredited)

David Norfolk ... Male Film Technician (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Poliakoff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Poliakoff  written by

Produced by
James Atherton .... executive producer
Julie Clark .... line producer
Sheryl Crown .... executive producer
Sara Geater .... executive producer
Laurie Hayward .... executive producer
Lorraine Heggessey .... executive producer
Emma Lewis .... associate producer
Andy Ordonez .... executive producer
Martin Pope .... producer
Barney Reisz .... producer
Jane Wright .... executive producer
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
Cinematography by
Danny Cohen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jason Krasucki 
Casting by
Andy Pryor 
Production Design by
Mark Leese 
Art Direction by
Caroline Grebbell 
Set Decoration by
Andy Grogan 
Costume Design by
Annie Symons 
Makeup Department
Jade Clarke .... makeup trainee: FT2
Karen Edwards .... makeuo supervisor: crowd
Laura Goodman .... makeup assistant
Joe Hopker .... makeup artist
Maralyn Sherman .... makeup artist
Jenny Shircore .... hair designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup designer
Production Management
Jeanette Haley .... post-production supervisor
Sharon McGuinness .... unit manager: London
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Robin Pim .... unit manager: Norfolk
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Brett .... first assistant director
Lesley Gogarty .... co-second assistant director
Christian Rigg .... third assistant director
Jeff Taylor .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gary Bacon .... dressing props
Tony Bandy .... dressing props
Colin Bayliss .... property master
Alan Briant .... dressing props
Gill Farr .... production buyer
James Fennessy .... painter
Richard Hawkyard .... dressing props
Sara Hayward .... stand-by art director
Clare Holton .... graphic designer
Paul House .... stand-by carpenter
Robert Judd .... stand-by props (as Rob Judd)
Katie Ralph .... art department assistant
Simon Reeves .... construction manager
Emma Saunders .... art department assistant
Julian Searle .... property master
Keith Stevenson .... stand-by props
Palwo Wintoniuk .... stand-by art director
Sound Department
Chris Ashworth .... sound recordist
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Andie Derrick .... foley artist (as Andi Derrick)
Peter Eusebe .... sound maintenance
Stuart Hilliker .... sound re-recording mixer
Catherine Hodgson .... sound effects editor
Dash Mason-Malik .... sound trainee: FT2
Forbes Noonan .... adr recordist
Forbes Noonan .... foley recordist
Mike Reardon .... sound maintenance
Andre Schmidt .... dialogue editor (as André Schmidt)
Alexandros Sidiropoulos .... sound re-recording mixer
Catherine Thomas .... foley editor
Virginia Thorn .... assistant dialogue editor
Lee Walpole .... supervising sound editor
Robert Edwards .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Tim Caplan .... visual effects producer: Union VFX
Paddy Eason .... compositor: Union VFX
Adam Gascoyne .... visual effects supervisor: Union VFX
Jonathan Harris .... compositor: Union VFX
Hugh Macdonald .... compositor: Union VFX
Matthew W.B. Plummer .... roto artist: Union VFX (as Matt Plummer)
Bill Davey .... stunt performer
Jason White .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Byrne .... focus puller
Abigail Catto .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Guy Cope .... stand-by rigger
Vinny Cowper .... electrician
John Evans .... clapper loader
Andy Hill .... focus puller: "b" camera
Richard Jakes .... central loader
Alex Jason .... video assist: New York
Will Kendal .... best boy
Giles Keyte .... still photographer
Paul McGeachan .... gaffer
Alan McPherson .... electrician (as Alan McPhearson)
Alex Mott .... grip
Zac Nicholson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Adam Walker .... electrician
Richard Miles .... electrician (uncredited)
Zac Nicholson .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Luke Redgrave .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Andy Brierley .... casting associate
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Alice Purser .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annette Allen .... costume supervisor
Louise Cassettari .... costume trainee
George Sayer .... chief costume stand-by
Holly Waddington .... assistant costume designer
Molly Rae Withers .... costume work experience (as Molly Withers)
Linda Gray .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Siobhan Boyes .... post-production coordinator
Michael Deming .... digital film bureau
Marie Fernandes .... digital intermediate producer
Adam Glasman .... digital colorist
Thomas Goldser .... trainee editor: FT2
Emily Greenwood .... digital on-line editor
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau
Laura M. Kettle .... second assistant editor (as Laura Kettle)
Patrick Malone .... digital intermediate head of department
Alexandra Montgomery .... post-production coordinator
John Palmer .... digital film bureau manager
Gordon Pratt .... digital film bureau
Aurora Shannon .... digital intermediate assistant
Jo Smyth .... first assistant editor
Laurent Treherne .... digital film technical supervisor
Neil Harrison .... digital intrmediate systems administrator (uncredited)
Marco Ruffatti .... editor: epk (uncredited)
Music Department
Niall Acott .... score recording engineer (as Niall John Acott)
Louise Allen .... music representative: The BBC Concert Orchestra
BBC Concert Orchestra .... musicians (as The BBC Concert Orchestra)
Andrew Connolly .... music representative: The BBC Concert Orchestra
Terry Davies .... conductor
Terry Davies .... orchestrator
Matt Dunkley .... additional orchestrator
David Firman .... additional orchestrator
Andrew Fisher .... additional orchestrator (as Andy Fisher)
Cynthia Fleming .... leader: The BBC Concert Orchestra
Ben Foster .... orchestrator (as Benedict Foster)
Carolyn Hendry .... music representative: The BBC Concert Orchestra
Mike Hornett .... part preparation
Juliette Hughes .... music clearances: TalkbackThames
Catherine Manners .... score coordinator
Jeremy Murphy .... assistant recording engineer
Jeremy Murphy .... assistant score recording engineer
Charles Mutter .... leader: The BBC Concert Orchestra
Steve Parr .... score mix engineer
Adam Pleeth .... music consultant
Colin Rae .... part preparation
Adam Lewis .... music consultant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Wes Butcher .... unit driver
Martin Clay .... driver
Simon Cook .... driver: props
Len Furssedonn .... unit driver
Martyn Giles .... unit driver
Trevor Howlett .... unit driver
Tony Hughes .... driver
David Lloyd .... unit driver
Pete McQueen .... unit driver
Steve Rogers .... unit driver
Brian Scott .... unit driver
Richard Watkins .... transportation captain
Micky Watts .... unit driver
Richard Wood Jr. .... unit driver
Richard Wood Sr. .... unit driver
Ian Yea .... driver
Bernie Yeo .... unit driver
Paul Revill .... facilities driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Nick Atkinson .... creative coordinator: UK Film Council
Natalie Bass .... legal services: Scren East, Lee & Thompson
Zoe Brown .... legal and business affairs: BBC Films
Mary Burrows .... production legal and business affairs: TalkbackThames
Sam Burton .... new talent executive: Screen East
Neil Calder .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Sally Caplan .... head of premiere fund: UK Film Council
Ming Chung .... post-production accountant: TalkbackThames
Jill Clark .... animal handler
Eleri Coulten .... location assistant
Matt Curtis .... title design: main and end titles (as Matt Curtis Jr.)
Becky Dancer .... film liaison officer: Screen East
Lindy Davies .... performance consultant: Julie Christie
Rebecca Dix .... unit publicist: Public Eye
John K. Duncan .... crowd coordinator: Norfolk (as John Duncan)
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Jamie Fewster .... health and safety: TalkbackThames
Danny Geffin .... runner: rushes, Norfolk
Catherine Golding .... assistant production coordinator
Barney Goodland .... representative: Magic Light Pictures
Sacha Grimsditch .... assistant: Sara Geater, TalkbackThames
Jane Hawley .... production executive: BBC Films
Gavin Hewson .... unit medic: London
Sue Hills .... script supervisor
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Bob Hole .... production assistant: Bill Nighy
Jacqueline Hurt .... legal services: TalkbackThames, Olswang
Monica Infante .... legal services: TalkbackThames, Olswang
Kerry Ixer .... head of locations: Screen East
Paula Jalfon .... commercial affairs: BBC Films
Harriet Lawrence .... location manager
Gloria Maduka .... production legal and business affairs: TalkbackThames
Phoebe Vale Markham .... utility stand-in (as Phoebe Markham)
Simon Mills .... production secretary
Hayley Morgan .... information and office manager: Screen East
Max Murphy .... floor runner
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Mary O'Reilly .... head of communications: TalkbackThames
Kevin O'Shea .... insurance: AON
David Oldfield .... director of finance: TalkbackThames
Jan Pace .... representative: Quickfire Films
Clara Parkes .... unit publicist: Public Eye
Abigail Payne .... legal services: Quickfire Films, Harbottle & Lewis
Charlie Pinsent .... assistant accountant
Freya Pinsent .... production accountant
John Prendergast .... assistant location manager
Vaughan Preston .... unit medic: Norfolk
Lucy Shanahan .... publicity manager: TalkbackThames
Daryl Shute .... representative: Magic Light Pictures
Nick Simmonds .... crowd coordinator: London
James Smales .... assistant to director
Neil Swain .... voice coach
Eve Swannell .... production coordinator
Matthew Vizard .... production and delivery coordinator: BBC Films
Elizabeth Walker .... post-production accountant: TalkbackThames
David Wilkinson .... head of business: Screen East
Andy Young .... utility stand-in
Lisa Heathcote .... food stylist (uncredited)
Katharine Tidy .... home economist (uncredited)
Emma Woodcock .... location scout (uncredited)

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Rated R for some violent images, language and brief sexuality/nudity
Canada:129 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:M | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:12 | UK:12A | USA:R (certificate #46145)

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78 out of 111 people found the following review useful.
A glorious triumph of the drama of anxiety and suspense, 9 April 2010
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

Stephen Poliakoff, Britain's own resident television drama genius (both writer and director), has really outdone himself this time with his first feature film in ten years. This film bears all the traditional hallmarks of Poliakoff obsessions: the evocative power of the past, the magic of memory, the mystical bonds of extended family connections, the hidden energies of secrets kept buried for too long, and the shattering consequences of the revelation of truth which has been suppressed. This film is set in 1939 in Britain, and what it reveals is one of the most terrifying of all the untold stories in which the true and secret history of Britain abounds. The British are remarkable for their ostrich qualities, and they have always been experts at not knowing what they do not want to know, and also at thinking the unsustainable. Here Poliakoff partially strips the veneer from the genteel surface, but I wish he had gone further and been more explicit even than this. His subject is the aristocratic Nazi sympathizers of the Neville Chamberlain clique who tried to prevent Britain entering the War, and wished not only to appease Hitler but to submit to him in the fashion of the Vichy Regime. We must never forget that Chamberlain had been a member of the Eugenics Society, and just imagine the fate of the British Jews if these people had succeeded in their aim. What Poliakoff does not state, and perhaps does not even know, is that the more fanatical of the pro-Nazis in Britain were members of the secret society known in Germany as the Vehme (pronounced 'fame-uh'), which carried out ruthless campaigns of assassination of political enemies, such as are shown in this film. During the 1920s and 1930s, the Vehme assassinated more than 6,000 leading members of the political opposition inside Germany, thereby so enfeebling the opposition parties that they had no effective leadership left even before the Reichstag fire which Hitler arranged as his pretext for the Enabling Act which gave him the supra-legal powers to establish his absolute dictatorship and dispense with the opposition altogether by arresting and executing their leaders with the official sanction of the state. A typical Vehme-style execution on the continent was carried out by hanging, and an example of one of those which occurred in London in our own time was the assassination by hanging of Roberto Calvi in 1982 ordered by the P-2 Masons of Italy, who are linked to the Vehme. (It was no accident that Blackfriars Bridge was chosen for the hanging, as the Black Friars are the Dominicans, who were the order who presided over the Inquisition, and Calvi was 'banker to the Vatican' as the newspapers have often called him.) It is interesting that one of the victims of the British Vehme shown in the film is someone we see hanging upside down in a sack. The leading members of the Vehme call themselves the 'Wissende' ('knowing ones'). One of their secret signs of recognition is to turn their knives round at the dinner table so that the points are towards themselves. This harrowing and extremely nail-biting film shows the slow and painful discovery of the British Vehme at work, as perceived by the adopted daughter of one of them, who is a British MP played by Bill Nighy with his usual brilliance and effectiveness. The terrified and totally apolitical adopted daughter who discovers the truth is played with rising levels of hysteria and terror by the amazingly talented Romola Garai. Her eyes get wider and wider with each passing minute of screen time as her fear mounts. Her sinister aunt is played by Julie Christie with menacing effectiveness, and her brother and sister (not adopted, but 'blood family' to Nighy) are played by Juno Temple and Eddie Redmayne. All of them are horrifyingly convincing at being blood-conspirators working for Hitler inside the British Establishment. The scariest of all the cast, as the spy Balcombe, is Jeremy Northam, more sinister and menacing than I have ever seen him before, and that is saying something, as he only has to remove the pillow case from his head when he wakes up every morning in order to frighten the very flies on the wall. The British Foreign Office in 1939 probably contained a proportion of civil servants who might be divided as follows: one third Nazi sympathisers, appeasers, or 'Petainists', one third Soviet agents, and only about one third simply loyal to their country. The Home Office had in proportion fewer communists but more fascists than the Foreign Office. Britain in the 20th century produced traitors of all kinds at such a rate that there was simply no way of keeping track of them all, and few of them have ever been publicly acknowledged. (The handful the public knows about were not necessarily the most important ones anyway.) Just why the anonymity of the fascist traitors is still being protected today is something of a puzzle. This film goes a long way towards ripping the lid off this scandal, but the film is in no way a political film, it is a personal drama in the format of a hyper-tense thriller. Poliakoff was too clever to turn this into a didactic piece, and keeps it very much as a typical Poliakoff-style personal and family drama. The production values are marvellous, the music is good, the locations are absolutely staggering, everyone is brilliant, and the Poliakoff script and direction are the best of all. If anyone is looking for British television drama to rival the American MAD MEN (2007-2010, see my review), Poliakoff's TV series are the answer every time. And for a thriller feature film with real depth and meaning, how much further can anyone go than this one? Poliakoff is the Rembrandt of contemporary British filmed drama, who paints the light magically and miraculously with a uniquely dark and Manichean brush.

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