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The Land Girls (1998)

Three young women from very different walks of life join the women's land army during World War II and are sent to work together on a farm in Dorset and the experience changes their lives forever.

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David Leland

Writers:

Angela Huth (novel), Keith Dewhurst | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine McCormack ... Stella
Rachel Weisz ... Ag (Agapanthus)
Anna Friel ... Prue (Prudence)
Steven Mackintosh ... Joe Lawrence
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Mr. John Lawrence
Maureen O'Brien ... Mrs. John Lawrence
Lucy Akhurst ... Janet
Gerald Down Gerald Down ... Ratty, Lawrence Farm Hand
Paul Bettany ... Philip
Nick Mollo Nick Mollo ... Barry Hampton
Michael Mantas ... Desmond
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Agricultural Officer
Celia Bannerman ... District Commissioner
Ann Bell ... Philip's Mother
Nigel Planer ... Gerald
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Storyline

During World War II, the organisation "The Women's Land Army" recruited women to work on British farms while the men were off to war. Three such "land girls" of different social backgrounds - quiet Stella, young hairdresser Prue, and Cambridge graduate Ag - become best friends in spite of their different backgrounds. Written by Anonymous

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The story of three young women and the events that would change their lives... The friendships that would stay with them forever... and the loves that would change their hearts.

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amores en tiempos de guerra See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£75,474 (United Kingdom), 6 September 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,921, 14 June 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$146,083, 5 July 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Reverend Alan Bennett, seen conducting the christening near the end of the film, is the actual Rector of the church where the scene was filmed. See more »

Goofs

When Stella receives a phone call from her fiancé, she tells him that the "pips" are going and that he should insert more money to continue the call. The "pips" did not come in until 1959. Prior to that local calls were unlimited in duration and long distance calls were via the operator, who would announce when your time was up and you needed to insert further coins. See more »

Quotes

Stella: When the war came it changed everybody's lives. I left my cosy job in an office and volunteered for the Women's Land Army. We all had to pull together to help win the war. We had to grow more food or starve. I chose the Lawrence farm to be near my fiancé Philip who was an officer in the Navy
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Come to the Manger
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Arranged by Philippe Sarde
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A WW2 film from a British point of view!
24 October 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Stella (Catherine McCormack), Prue (Anna Friel) and Ag (Rachel Weisz) play three "land girls", volunteers to carry on the agricultural work of the men. On the farm they find love, conflict, friendship and cows. The film is more of a relationship drama of those left behind than an account of the second world war.

That said it is an interesting piece - not only is it different to have a WW2 film from a British point-of-view but also from a woman's point of view. It is interesting to see how those left behind acted with their lives and their war efforts - how close to the truth this account is, anyone's guess, it's a bit unrealistic because so many girl's experiences are crammed into the story of these three. The story is good regardless with the tangled relationships creating the glut of the plot, however the many tangled love stories do get a bit much at times but the themes of love, loss and British spirit during wartime tend to make up for it.

The performance from the lead trio are mixed, Weisz is a bit stereotyped as an upper-class woman ("rotter", "jolly good" etc) but gets better as her character develops. Friel is good as Prue who starts as the roughest of the group but is touched by the events in her life. McCormack (Stella) is meant to be the core of the story with her interactions with the farmers, especially the son Joe (Steven Mackintosh), but she plays it a little over earnest for my liking. Mackintosh has the most complex role and carries it off very well with the best performance in the film.

The film's conclusion is a mix of neat, tidy endings and some more emotional moments that more realistically depict the damage that the conflict caused on the people left behind.

Overall the film is not amazing but is an interesting account of WW2 from a different point of view, some of the events are a little stereotyped and lack a realistic feel but generally the film carries the emotions that many will have experienced at the time.


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