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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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20 November 2009 (UK) See more »
The adopted daughter of a privileged British politician uncovers a family secret in the weeks leading up to World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
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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 .... make-up trainee
Laura Goodman .... assistant makeup artist
Joe Hopker .... hair & makeup artist
Maralyn Sherman .... hair stylist
Maralyn Sherman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jeanette Haley .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Brett .... first assistant director
John K. Duncan .... crowd co-ordinator
Christian Rigg .... third assistant director
Nick Simmonds .... crowd second assistant director
Jeff Taylor .... second assistant director
Art Department
Simon Cook .... props driver
Guy Cope .... stand-by rigger
Gill Farr .... production buyer
James Fennessy .... hod painter
Richard Hawkyard .... props
Clare Holton .... assistant production buyer
Robert Judd .... stand-by props
Katie Ralph .... art department assistant
Emma Saunders .... art department assistant
Keith Stevenson .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Chris Ashworth .... production sound mixer
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Robert Edwards .... adr recordist
Stuart Hilliker .... sound re-recording mixer
Dash Mason-Malik .... sound trainee: FT2
Forbes Noonan .... foley & adr recordist
Mike Reardon .... boom operator
Andre Schmidt .... dialogue editor
Alexandros Sidiropoulos .... sound re-recording mixer
Virginia Thorn .... assistant dialogue editor
Lee Walpole .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Tim Caplan .... visual effects producer
Adam Gascoyne .... visual effects supervisor
Adam Glasman .... digital intermediate colourist
Jonathan Harris .... digital compositor
Neil Harrison .... digital intermediate systems administrator
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau
Hugh Macdonald .... digital compositor: Stranger
John Palmer .... digital film bureau manager
Matthew W.B. Plummer .... roto artist: Union VFX
Aurora Shannon .... digital intermediate assistant
Jason White .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Byrne .... first assistant camera
Abigail Catto .... clapper loader: b camera
John Evans .... second assistant camera
Richard Jakes .... central loader
Will Kendal .... rigging gaffer: best boy
Giles Keyte .... still photographer
Paul McGeachan .... gaffer
Richard Miles .... electrician
Zac Nicholson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Zac Nicholson .... steadicam operator
Luke Redgrave .... camera operator: b camera
Adam Walker .... electrician
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Andy Brierley .... casting associate
John K. Duncan .... casting coordinator
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Alice Purser .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annette Allen .... costume supervisor
Louise Cassettari .... costume trainee
Linda Gray .... costume assistant
Holly Waddington .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Siobhan Boyes .... post-production coordinator
Thomas Goldser .... credited as ft2 trainee
Emily Greenwood .... digital film editor
Laura M. Kettle .... second assistant editor
Patrick Malone .... digital intermediate head of department
Alexandra Montgomery .... post-production coordinator
Jo Smyth .... first assistant editor
Laurent Treherne .... digital intermediate technical director
Music Department
Niall Acott .... score recording engineer (as Niall John Acott)
BBC Concert Orchestra .... music performers (as The BBC Concert Orchestra)
Terry Davies .... conductor
Terry Davies .... orchestrator
Matt Dunkley .... additional orchestrator
Andrew Fisher .... orchestrator (as Andy Fisher)
Cynthia Fleming .... leader: The BBC Concert Orchestra
Ben Foster .... orchestrator
Mike Hornett .... part preparation
Adam Lewis .... music consultant
Catherine Manners .... music score coordinator
Jeremy Murphy .... assistant score recording engineer
Jeremy Murphy .... recordist
Charles Mutter .... leader: The BBC Concert Orchestra
Steve Parr .... score mix engineer
Adam Pleeth .... music consultant
Colin Rae .... part preparation
Transportation Department
David Lloyd .... unit driver
Paul Revill .... facilities driver
Richard Watkins .... facilities captain
Ian Yea .... facilities driver
Other crew
Nick Atkinson .... creative editor: uk film council
Eleri Coulten .... location assistant
Matt Curtis .... title design
Catherine Golding .... assistant production coordinator
Lisa Heathcote .... food stylist
Sue Hills .... script supervisor
Harriet Lawrence .... location manager
Phoebe Vale Markham .... floor runner
Simon Mills .... production secretary
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Charlie Pinsent .... assistant accountant
Freya Pinsent .... production accountant
John Prendergast .... assistant location manager
Marco Ruffatti .... e.p.k. editor
James Smales .... assistant: director
Neil Swain .... dialect coach
Eve Swannell .... production coordinator
Katharine Tidy .... home economist
Emma Woodcock .... location scout
Andy Young .... runner
Andy Young .... utility stand in

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Also Known As:
Rated R for some violent images, language and brief sexuality/nudity
Canada:129 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Australia:M | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:12 | UK:12A | USA:R (certificate #46145)

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Stephen Poliakoff's first feature film for 10 years.See more »
Elizabeth:This little war makes everything uncertain...See more »
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Walkin' & Swingin'See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Ultimately disappointing, 18 October 2012
Author: rogerdarlington from United Kingdom

I first came across the captivating young British actress Romola Garai in the 2004 movie "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights". Since then, most of her work has been for television, but she was back on the large screen in the 2009 film "Glorious 39". The '39' refers to 1939 when Britain was on the edge of war with Germany. 'Glorious' relates to both the nature of that year's summer and the affectionate name for Garai's character Anne, the adopted daughter of the aristocratic Keyes family which is headed by an influential Conservative Member of Parliament who is appalled by the notion of the country going to war for the second time in only a couple of decades.

Written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff as a kind of Hitchcockian thriller, this is a work replete with well-known British character actors spanning the age range from Christopher Lee & Julie Christie through Bill Nighy & Jeremy Northam to David Tennant & Eddie Redmayne. With so much talent available, one has a right to expect more than is actually delivered. The plotting is rather silly and often slow and the characterisation somewhat stilted, while the ending is most unsatisfactory. The locations - mostly in Norfolk - are fine though.

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