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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 »

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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 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 »

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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

Gross USA:

$3,283,832
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

One of two produced movie screenplays written by screenwriter David Leland that were first released in the year of 1987 the other being Personal Services (1987). Both pictures are loosely based on the life of and stories told by Cynthia Payne. See more »

Quotes

[Lynda and Eric are having an argument]
Lynda Mansell: Lynda up the duff - what odds do you put on that, eh, Mr Clever Dick, eh? That's shut his gob. That's put a crease in his brand-new suit.
Eric: I don't believe you. You're joking. How? How d'you know?
Lynda Mansell: You're the one that should know. You put it up me, Mr Bareback Rider! You knew when you were gonna spunk! How the hell was I supposed to know?
Eric: No, you soft cow! I mean, how do you know? Are you sure?
Lynda Mansell: You're the one with eyes. Look! Can't you see?
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Madam Cyn's Home Movies (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Cosi fan tutti
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Stanley Myers
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Low budget, excellent outcome!
10 September 2003 | by pillixSee all my reviews

In my country this film did not reach the cinema theaters. I saw it back in 1989 in a small room (100 seats or less) of a private university's Cine Club.

It was a beautiful surprise. I was not expecting such a good film with dark drama and comic moments at one time. And the end is so relaxing after so much trouble... The best to me is the natural way Emily Lloyd acts, whom I try to follow after I saw this film.

In my opinion, she is underrated and not present in many films. Alas! Such a waste of talent and expressiveness.


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