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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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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)
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 .... 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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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
England's Own Drama in WW II, 21 February 2011
Author: gradyharp from United States

Though there have been books and other films that deal with the dissidence between the aristocrats and the general populace of England around the topic of WW II, this beautifully executed 'historical thriller' brings many aspects of those discrepancies of opinion to light in a manner not unlike the similar thought processes in Germany at the same time: the gentry of Germany turned a blind eye to the events surrounding them (The Final Solution) in order to believe in what they chose to believe as a promise for stabilization and world importance as a genteel country. Writer/Director Stephen Poliakoff has based his examination of this problem on focusing on the life of one particular character whose fate was the standard of the dispossessed.

The year is 1939 and the aristocratic family of Sir Alexander Keyes (Bill Nighy) and his wife Maud (Jenny Agutter) are living what seems to be an idyllic life with their children Ralph (Eddie Redmayne), Celia (Juno Temple) and the eldest, Anne (Romula Garai) who we soon discover was adopted before the Keyes discovered they could bear children on their own. Anne is a beautiful creative actress who seems to make the family proud. The family is visited by an old friend Hector (David Tennant) who at dinner is very vocal about the fact that Hitler is a threat to England and that England must stop Hitler before he destroys them instead of pursuing a course of appeasement of Hitler that would prevent disturbance of their elegant way of life on the island of England. It is obvious that Sir Alexander is more concerned with his duties as a member of parliament and his maintenance of his family history and wealth, and his responses to Hector as well as to the mysterious Balcombe (Jeremy Northam) from the Foreign Office and the young Lawrence (Charlie Cox), a new member of the Foreign Office who is courting Anne, suggest subterfuge.

The family is visited by the very proper Aunt Elizabeth (Julie Christie) and while the entire family is on picnic, an infant transiently disappears while under Anne's care. From this point the story takes a dark turn: Anne continues filming in London with her close friend, actor Gilbert (Hugh Bonneville), and Anne discovers some phonograph records in the basement of the Keyes home, records that contain not fox trots but instead 'conversations' from meetings. Suspicions about evil derring-do arise when the family learns that Hector has committed suicide soon followed by the suicide of Gilbert and eventually the bizarre discovery of Lawrence's body among the pet animals ordered to be put to death to make the people of England more ready for abrupt changes. War with Germany begins and changes the atmosphere and results in changes in the Keyes family: Anne is imprisoned by the family because 'she is really not one of us' and unravels the harrowing mystery of the Keyes' family involvement in the dark events of the present and the past.

The mood of England of 1939 is beautifully captured by cinematographer Danny Cohen and the musical score by Adrian Johnston illustrates the dichotomy of the free-spirited Anne and the dark underpinnings of the Keyes family. Romola Garai is excellent in her treacherous role as are the other stars. Small roles by Toby Regbo, Christopher Lee, Corin Redgrave and others make this a cast rich in some of the finest British actors of the day. GLORIOUS 39 ('Glorious' is the nickname given Anne) is an enlightening film that addresses many significant issues too infrequently addressed by works of history.

Grady Harp

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