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Tumbledown (1988)

Based on the experiences of Lieutenant Robert Lawrence, M.C..

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Richard Eyre

Writer:

Charles Wood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Robert Lawrence
Paul Rhys ... Hugh MacKessac
David Calder ... John Lawrence
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Jean Lawrence
Emma Bowe Emma Bowe ... Sophie Martin-Wells (as Emma Harbour)
Rupert Baker ... Nick Lawrence
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ... Christopher Lawrence
Roddy Maude-Roxby Roddy Maude-Roxby ... George Stubbs
Ann Bell ... Helen Stubbs
Sophie Thompson ... Louise Stubbs
Dan Hildebrand ... Prothero
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Sergeant Brodick
Mark Williams ... Lumpy
Ian Michie Ian Michie ... Fraser
Paul Higgins ... Saltemarsh
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Based on the experiences of Lieutenant Robert Lawrence, M.C..

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Dank des Vaterlandes See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Based on the experiences of Lieutenant Robert Lawrence MC. See more »

Quotes

[an RAF doctor is giving Robert yet more tests]
Squadron Leader Wentworth: Your father gave me a lesson in military etiquette. I shall give you one. I am called "Sir".
Robert Lawrence: What are you? Squadron Leader? In the Household Division we don't call your rank "Sir".
Squadron Leader Wentworth: Well you can start now, Lawrence.
Robert Lawrence: You're in the Royal Air Force. Are you a flyer?
Squadron Leader Wentworth: No I'm not. I'm a doctor.
Robert Lawrence: [snarls] Well listen, Doctor. Just test this fist. It's just about to give you your first fucking flying lesson!
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Absorbing,Honest, Poignant,Gripping and Emotionally moving Film
1 April 2005 | by firthfantasticSee all my reviews

This film is a 'must' to watch. I felt so emotionally overwhelmed and stunned after watching Colin Firths portrayal of Robert Lawrence that I felt the need to put down some of my thoughts and to thoroughly recommend this film to others. Tumbledown was totally absorbing, gripping and a poignant reminder to us all of just how our Soldiers suffered and what they sacrificed during and after the Falklands War. Its brought home to me the realities of the battle and the truth about how the Soldiers and their families coped with the aftermath of Battle and their own 'personal'struggles to recover from and cope with their physical and mental injuries during and after the War.

Colin Firths portrayal of Robert Lawrence's was totally captivating and electrifying that one could really relate to and feel the struggle that Robert had gone through to recover from his injuries and his experiences and nightmares of the battle, also it was chilling to watch just how insensitive and distant the Nurses, Doctors,some Senior Officers and people in general were towards our great hero's, their experiences and sufferings in battle and the mental and physical scars they were left with.

After watching Tumbledown it just confirms my beliefs further still that Colin Firth is such a natural highly talented, fantastic Character actor and he deserves far more recognition and credit when he plays such roles. It shone through that Colin Firth had thoroughly researched this role and whilst spending time with Robert during filming had got to know and understand the very essence of Roberts character,his sufferings and anger. Colin conveyed all of this to the audience with a natural honesty and sensitivity that was gripping, refreshing and emotive to watch.

Also credit must go to David Calder (John Lawrence) and Barbara Leigh-Hunt (Jean Lawrence), they were perfect in their roles as Roberts shocked and distraught Parents upon learning of their sons serious injuries, their love and devotion,hope and despair was very touching and distressing to watch during Roberts recovery and their feelings of outrage, helplessness and disbelief at how Robert was treated by some Medical Staff,some of the Army and members of the Public. This film should be a lesson to us all of how to relate to those of us who are in great need, to treat them with respect, honesty and above all as an equal.

Thanks first and foremost to Robert Lawrence for allowing his story to be told, to the writer for such an excellent script and of course thank you to Colin Firth for vividly, emotionally and honestly depicting Robert Lawrences story and character in an unforgettable emotionally moving, thought provoking film. The feelings of this film will stay with me always.


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