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The Land Girls (1998)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 12 June 1998 (USA)
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.

Director:

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.

Genres:

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

Many vehicles shown in the film did not have "hoods" over their headlights, which were required by law during the blackout to prevent light sources becoming navigational beacons for enemy aircraft See more »

Quotes

Stella: Where's Prue?
[Ag points towards the barn]
Stella: And where's Joe?
[Ag points towards the barn again]
Stella: I should have known.
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Slow Burn
Written by Matthew Scott
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Rewarding classic of English film-making.
31 July 2003 | by LordoflithuaniaSee all my reviews

This is a beautiful film which received, rather unfairly, little critical acclaim when it was first released. Since then though, it has been praised highly by producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg who have since worked alongside the Director, David Leland, since it was released.

As well as being an intimate portrait of three very different young women, it also captures spectacularly the beautiful scenery of the English countryside.

The plot is not too difficult to follow: Three young women (Stella, Ag and Pru, played by Catherine McCormack, Rachel Weisz and Anna Friel) from the towns are sent to the countryside to work on the farms (as part of the Women's Land Army), wherein all three at one point become involved with the young and handsome Joe (played by Steven Mackintosh). The storyline is not too difficult to follow, and the film easily rewards the viewer.

This film may be hard to come by in some areas, but do not worry if you have difficulty getting hold of it, as it is likely to remain relevant and enjoyable for many years to come -- a hidden gem and undoubted classic of English film-making.


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