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Wish You Were Here (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 24 July 1987 (USA)
In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age.... See full summary »

Director:

David Leland

Writer:

David Leland
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trudi Cavanagh Trudi Cavanagh ... Tap Dancing Lady
Emily Lloyd ... Lynda
Clare Clifford Clare Clifford ... Mrs Parfitt
Barbara Durkin ... Valerie
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Hubert
Charlotte Barker Charlotte Barker ... Gillian
Tom Bell ... Eric
Chloe Leland Chloe Leland ... Margaret
Charlotte Ball Charlotte Ball ... Lynda (aged 11)
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Aunt Millie
Abigail Leland Abigail Leland ... Margaret (aged 7)
Susan Valentine ... Lynda's Mother (as Susan Skipper)
Geoffrey Durham Geoffrey Durham ... Harry Figgis
Sheila Kelley Sheila Kelley ... Joan Figgis
Neville Smith Neville Smith ... Cinema Manager
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Storyline

In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age. At sixteen, she becomes more exhibitionist and seeks out sexual encounters challenging the prevailing lower-middle class attitudes to sex. She eventually becomes pregnant by an acquaintance of her father. Written by Will Gilbert

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Some people march to the beat of a different drummer. Lynda's got her own brass band.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is kind of a female Catcher In the Rye. See more »

Goofs

The U.S. flag on the bandstand during the dance has fifty stars. The U.S. flag in 1951 had only 48 stars. See more »

Quotes

Lynda Mansell: Up your bum!
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Connections

Referenced in Meet the Parents (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Hokey Cokey
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Kennedy
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Up your bum.....

Emily Lloyd is great as 15 year old foul mouthed (for the 50s anyway) tenacious yet likeable tearaway Linda, growing up in a humdrum seaside town. The film's title potentially explains her volatile behaviour, having lost her mum when very young. A very enjoyable 7 out of ten


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wish You Were Here! See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,611, 26 July 1987

Gross USA:

$3,283,832

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,283,832
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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