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The Return of the Soldier (1982)

PG | | Drama | 14 February 1985 (USA)
Kitty Baldry (Julie Chirstie) is a haughty society queen with a tunneled view of life. Kitty's complacency is rocked when her husband, Captain Chris Baldry (Alan Bates), returns from the ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Bridges

Writers:

Rebecca West (novel), Hugh Whitemore
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Christie ... Kitty Baldry
Glenda Jackson ... Margaret Grey
Ann-Margret ... Jenny Baldry
Alan Bates ... Chris Baldry
Ian Holm ... Doctor Anderson
Frank Finlay ... William Grey
Jeremy Kemp ... Frank
Hilary Mason ... Ward
John Sharp ... Pearson
Elizabeth Edmonds ... Emery
Valerie Whittington Valerie Whittington ... Beatrice
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Mrs. Plummer
Amanda Grinling Amanda Grinling ... Alexandra
Edward de Souza ... Edward
Michael Cochrane ... Stephen
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Storyline

Kitty Baldry (Julie Chirstie) is a haughty society queen with a tunneled view of life. Kitty's complacency is rocked when her husband, Captain Chris Baldry (Alan Bates), returns from the front during the First World War shell-shocked and suffering amnesia, not knowing who she is and determined for a reunion with Margaret Grey (Glenda Jackson), a working class lover from his past. Kitty employs psychiatrist Dr. Gilbert Anderson (Ian Holm), to help unscramble her husband's feelings for the women in his new disoriented life including his all-too caring cousin Jenny (Ann-Margret), but ultimately comes to realize that the man she knew is unreachable, as dead as the past he pines for. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violent images and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A katona hazatér See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Rebecca West's "The Return of the Soldier" (1918) novel is the only ever one which was written and published by a woman during World War I that was about The Great War itself. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Liberty Street: Return of the Soldier (1995) See more »

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Glenda the Great!
24 February 2007 | by SylSee all my reviews

Before she went into politics or public service, Glenda Jackson was one of Britain's finest film actresses. This film displays her talent despite having a supporting role in a stellar cast that includes Julie Christie as Kitty, the wife of a British Royal Captain who has lost his memory of the last 20 years, and Jenny played by American Ann-Margret in an almost unrecognizable role as the doting sister. Alan Bates plays the captain who suffers from memory loss triggered by the shell shock during World War I. Sir Ian Holm has a smaller role as the doctor treating him. You see familiar faces like Sheila Keith, Patsy Byrne, and Frank Finlay. You can't help but watch Glenda play a dowdy housewife and the first true love of the Captain but they came from different classes. It's not the greatest movie but it's good to see Glenda's amazing talent. She is still a fantastic actress, comedy or drama. She makes Margaret Grey into a likable character and you see why a regal captain fell in love with her.


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