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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Sammy T. Dobson ...
Sheila Maddison (as Sammy Dobson)
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Tommy Cowell
Angela Lonsdale ...
Polly Maddison
James Baxter ...
Alan Maddison
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Father Connolly
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Trevor Fox ...
Eddie Turnbull
Niek Versteeg ...
Billy Nicholson
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Mr Simpson
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Lily Parkinson
Madelaine Newton ...
Jenny Barlow
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Sergeant Bull
Judi Earl ...
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Woman 2
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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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A Guerra de Maddison  »

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In the opening scenes at the shipyard early in 1940 Robson and others discuss joining the LDV (later in the war known as the Home Guard), but the Daily Sketch they are reading has a front page report on the German advance on Moscow which didn't happen until late 1941. Poor research by someone. See more »

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[Harry led the Home Guard in singing a ribald song. Mr Simpson, now calling himself Major Simpson, was appalled and has summoned Harry to his office]
Mr. Simpson: That song. It's indecent. Women and children could have heard it.
Harry Crawford: We were in the middle of the countryside. Didn't seem to bother the cows. Songs like that kept us going on the Western Front.
[Simpson shows Harry a photograph]
Mr. Simpson: I know just as much as you about the Western Front, Private.
Harry Crawford: You're a bloody liar! I know you'd like us to think that that ...
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Really enjoyed this
14 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

After reading the reviews here I was not expecting much. However, the film is a worthy send off for Alan Plater who died in 2010. I always like Robson Green, Kevin Whately and Derek Jacobi and their performances make this production. While the special effects were not that special the acting was excellent and the plot gave me some insight into the Home Guard in World War 2, which reflected rather better on them than we are used to from the BBC TV series Dad's Army.

The film deals with the trauma for parents in WW11 and the pressure on relationships, but in the end is uplifting. I have been watching so much rubbish recently, it seems to me, and coming across something like this was a pleasant surprise. I don't think you will regret spending your time watching it.


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