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The Dressmaker (1988)

In England during World War II, a repressed dressmaker and her sister struggle looking after their seventeen-year-old niece, who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier.

Director:

Jim O'Brien

Writers:

Beryl Bainbridge (novel), John McGrath
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Plowright ... Nellie
Billie Whitelaw ... Margo
Pete Postlethwaite ... Jack (as Peter Postlethwaite)
Jane Horrocks ... Rita
Tim Ransom ... Wesley
Pippa Hinchley ... Val
Rosemary Martin Rosemary Martin ... Mrs. Manders
Tony Haygarth ... Mr. Manders
Michael James Reed ... Chuck (as Michael James-Reed)
Sam Douglas ... Cpl. Zawadski
Bert Parnaby Bert Parnaby ... Mr. Barnes
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Factory Girl
Mandy Walsh Mandy Walsh ... Factory Girl
Margi Clarke ... Shopwoman
Andrew Moorcroft Andrew Moorcroft ... Butcher's Boy
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In England during World War II, a repressed dressmaker and her sister struggle looking after their seventeen-year-old niece, who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier.

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Drama | Romance

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You Are My Sunshine
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
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An Unexpected Wow!
28 July 2019 | by Moviegoer19See all my reviews

I know a film is powerful when I find myself talking out loud to the characters. This was the case with The Dressmaker. The four main characters: Rita, Margo, Nellie and Jack, each had an intense character to play and did so with great acting. And, the script itself gave them a great vehicle in which to display their considerable skills.

I found myself thinking about something I was taught when writing a filmscript: a main goal of the script is to produce emotion, both in the characters and in the viewers. This film did so in spades. The plot had enough going in it, including the relationships between the main four, to produce intense feelings. Enough so I was compelled to try and tell them what to do or think or say.

The ending was both unexpected and satisfying in a odd way. Having a satisfying ending was a relief after such tension.

If you want to watch a great drama about both familial relationships and their interactions with world events (WWII) don't miss this film.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1989 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A varrónő See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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