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Comrades (1986)

The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs". A group of 19th century English farm labourers 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 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 19th century English farm labourers 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Camarades See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the filming was carried out in the abandoned village of Tyneham in Dorset. The residents were forced to move away in 1943 "as a temporary measure" because the War Office (now the MOD) commandeered the village to use it as firing ranges for training troops; after the war the Army placed a compulsory purchase order on the land and it has remained in use for military training ever since. However the remains of the buildings in the village are sometimes open to the public, despite being in the middle of a firing range. The village's very rare 1929 K1 Mark 236 telephone kiosk, which had been restored by volunteers a few years earlier, was accidentally flattened during filming of Comrades, and the film company had to obtain a replacement. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Diorama Showman: My dear sir, I think you underestimate the novelty of this unique exhibition. The diorama is the highest achievement of human ingenuity, delineating the most interesting parts of the world, in varying aspects of light and shade. How about a trip to the other side of the world tomorrow?
George Loveless: What you offer, sir, is illusion. It's the real world I'd like to see. In our short lives, we move about so little...
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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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"Comrades" finally shown on TV
20 March 2009 | by godfather2See all my reviews

Sorry that this is posted a little late but Film4 showed 'Comrades' at 12.20am on March 20th 2009, complete with advertisements unfortunately.

The announcer said "now for a rare screening of a British epic", too right, I estimate it hasn't been on TV for 20 years.

They do tend to show films more than once so it might be repeated in the next few weeks, probably in a graveyard slot again.

Not sure if I enjoyed it as much as the first time around but the location filming and Dorset landscapes are stunning.

Seeing as they released the Bill Douglas 'Trilogy' on DVD last year perhaps a release for this overlooked epic is in the pipeline?


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