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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.
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.
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.

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Stephen Poliakoff (written by)
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20 November 2009 (UK) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A glorious triumph of the drama of anxiety and suspense See more (64 total) »

Cast

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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)
Anna Bailey ... Sleeping Girl / Debutante (uncredited)

Catherine Balavage ... Sleeping Girl / Debutante (uncredited)
James Bartholomew ... Police Photographer (uncredited)

David Frost ... Male Film Technician (uncredited)
Alyn Gwyndaf ... Plain Clothes Detective (uncredited)
Sam Heydon ... Henry Appleby (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stephen Poliakoff 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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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
 
Stunts
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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Rated R for some violent images, language and brief sexuality/nudity
Runtime:
Canada:129 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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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 »
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Elizabeth:This little war makes everything uncertain...See more »
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76 out of 108 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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