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The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music | TV Movie 26 August 2000
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A woman tries to reunite the swing band she played with during World War II.

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon

Writer:

Alan Plater
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Elizabeth
Ian Holm ... Patrick
Leslie Caron ... Madeleine
Olympia Dukakis ... Dinah
Cleo Laine Cleo Laine ... Gwen
Joan Sims ... Betty
Billie Whitelaw ... Evelyn
June Whitfield ... Annie
Thelma Ruby Thelma Ruby ... Vera
Millie Findlay Millie Findlay ... Joanna
Felicity Dean ... Patricia
Nicholas Palliser Nicholas Palliser ... Edward (as Nicholas Pallister)
Valentine Pelka Valentine Pelka ... Leslie
Carla MacKinnon Carla MacKinnon ... Carol
Dom Chapman Dom Chapman ... Paul
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Storyline

After Elizabeth's husband dies, she begins to play her tenor saxophone again, and remembers when she was fifteen and a member of the Blonde Bombshells, an all-girl (with one exception) swing band. Accompanied by the exception and urged on by her granddaughter, Elizabeth hunts up all the old members of the band and urges them to perform, and in doing so, learns more than she knew about the band, its members, the roses on the drum set, and herself, the last of the Blonde Bombshells. Written by Kathy Li

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It's never too late for an encore.

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last of the Blonde Bombshells See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Last movie of Joan Sims (Betty). See more »

Goofs

When the girls are walking across the rubble after the bombings we see one of the girls in a red coat wearing trainers. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: I remember playing in the Metropole Ballroom. Mares eat oats and does eat oats. And knowing that at any moment a large bomb could fall on my head and blow us all to hell and back.
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Featured in Timeshift: Alan Plater: Hearing the Music (2005) See more »

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Stardust
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Performed by Phil Lee
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Simply, great drama
16 August 2003 | by BritishFilms1See all my reviews

This is about the reuniting in the present day of a female jazz band, established during the Second World War, first broadcast by the BBC in 2000. Watching it was quite an experience.

Judi Dench and Ian Holm play a widowed saxophonist and dragged up drummer who try to reunite the band, which includes singer Cleo Laine, US actress Olympia Dukakis and June Whitfield, of Absolutely Fabulous fame.

The late Joan Sims is perfectly cast as the bandleader, who is found playing the piano in a Hastings pub; French star Leslie Caron and Billie Whitelaw in cameos makes it all the more enjoyable.

A rare example of good drama, surprisingly good drama - I recommend it to everyone.


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