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Joe Maddison's War (2010)

Tyneside ship-builder Joe Maddison lost his faith in the trenches at the Somme in 1916. Now that World War Two has begun he is too old to enlist alongside his son and son-in-law and is also... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammy T. Dobson ...
Sheila Maddison (as Sammy Dobson)
James Atherton ...
Tommy Cowell
Angela Lonsdale ...
Polly Maddison
James Baxter ...
Alan Maddison
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Father Connolly
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Trevor Fox ...
Eddie Turnbull
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Billy Nicholson
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Mr Simpson
Jackie Phillips ...
Lily Parkinson
Madelaine Newton ...
Jenny Barlow
Charlie Richmond ...
Sergeant Bull
Judi Earl ...
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Tyneside ship-builder Joe Maddison lost his faith in the trenches at the Somme in 1916. Now that World War Two has begun he is too old to enlist alongside his son and son-in-law and is also in a reserved occupation so, after his wife Polly has left him for a sailor,he joins the Home Guard with his friends,Marxist Eddie and cynical,wise-cracking Harry.Harry's anti-authoritarian attitude causes problems with Mr. Simpson,the company commander,and Joe leads the men out on strike after Harry is expelled. However,after he has dealt with an unexploded bomb he is acclaimed a hero,and,along with his friends, reinstated,being promoted to corporal.He also meets widow Selina who brings him out of his shell but Polly returns,with the sailor's child,seeking a reconciliation, a request which splits the family. Come 1945 and the war is ending but Joe still has his personal conflict to resolve. Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 September 2010 (UK)  »

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A Guerra de Maddison  »

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30 minutes in, Joe Maddison has just been sold a 1 shilling ticket to the Russian Allies Fund Benefit Dance; when the ticket seller offers a ticket to Major Drummond who looks at the ticket and says "afraid I'll be a long way from Tyneside by then", but we have seen the ticket has no date on it. See more »

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[in the shipyard, during the lunch break, Joe and Harry look at their sandwiches]
Joe Maddison: I've got cheese. You?
Harry Crawford: Potted.
Joe Maddison: Potted what?
Harry Crawford: I'm buggered if I know! Mind you, next door's dog's gone missing. It could be potted Rover.
Joe Maddison: I'll take a chance.
[they swap sandwiches]
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Good story - poorly portrayed
23 November 2010 | by (South West) – See all my reviews

This was a good effort with some excellent performances from Kevin Whately, Derek Jacoby and Robson Green, who as a rule I don't reckon to be much of an actor. It was let down by some very poor production values, possibly driven by a low budget. The waves of bombers coming over at what looked more like 500' rather 10,000' were totally unconvincing, as were the pathetic pyrotechnic affects, with the unexploded bomb going off sounding like a Chinese cracker. Joe's son remained a sergeant all the way through the war despite flying on over 50 ops - that would never have happened, he would have almost certainly made warrant officer by the end. There were innumerable continuity errors - Joe goes out for a walk with his medal ribbons the right way up, half way through the walk they are suddenly upside down, and when he gets home they have disappeared altogether! Terrible. Shame the actors were let down by a sloppy production team. Not one I'd bother to watch again.


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