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Comrades (1986)

The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs". A group of nineteenth century English farm laborers who formed one of the first trade unions and started a campaign to receive fair wages.

Director:

Bill Douglas

Writer:

Bill Douglas
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Cast

Credited cast:
Keith Allen ... James Hammett
Dave Atkins Dave Atkins ... Mr. Frampton's Foreman
Stephen Bateman Stephen Bateman ... Old Tom Stanfield
Katy Behean Katy Behean ... Sarah Loveless
Shane Briant ... Lieutenant Mann
Mark Brown Mark Brown ... Legg
Michael Clark Michael Clark ... Sailor
Lynette Curran ... Prostitute
Joanna David ... Mrs. Frampton
Phil Davis ... Young Stanfield (as Philip Davis)
Arthur Dignam ... Fop
Patrick Field Patrick Field ... John Hammett
Jeremy Flynn Jeremy Flynn ... Brine
James Fox ... Norfolk
William Gaminara ... James Loveless
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The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs". A group of nineteenth century English farm laborers who formed one of the first trade unions and started a campaign to receive fair wages. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Drama | History

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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Imelda Staunton (Betsy Loveless). See more »

Goofs

The action is set in the 1830s, but the Lanternist's magic lantern dates from the 1860s. See more »

Quotes

Vicar: It behoves us to accept our lot in life and to work for our reward.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film, information about what happened to the six Martyrs appears onscreen in the style of a magic-lantern show. See more »

Alternate Versions

To receive a PG certificate a 3 second cut was made to UK cinema and video versions during a scene hinting at oral sex between McCallum and his dog. The cut was waived for the 15-rated BFI DVD release in 2009. See more »

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Where is it now?
28 June 2008 | by roland-spencerjonesSee all my reviews

I remember watching Comrades many years ago, sitting spellbound as the story slowly unfolded. I particularly appreciated the long slow "mug-shots" of the characters, which stayed with me for years afterwards. The story of the Tolpuddle martyrs was new to me, although I remember hearing the name in my history classes. What develops in the film is the story of an early attempt at democracy and human rights, that ends with deportation to Australia. Even there the early spirit of trade-unionism emerges: United We Stand, Divided we Fall.

What a shame that the film seems to be currently unavailable on either VHS or DVD. Who can I write to about this?


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Camaradas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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