A woman tries to reunite the swing band with which she played during World War II.

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon

Writer:

Alan Plater
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Cast

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 ... Leslie
Carla MacKinnon Carla MacKinnon ... Carol
Dom Chapman Dom Chapman ... Paul
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Storyline

After Elizabeth's (Dame Judi Dench'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.

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Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »
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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's children have found out that she's busking on the streets]
Edward: Doesn't it strike you that what you're doing is a bit... well... degrading?
Elizabeth: Well you try it. Last week we had a request from a tourist for the Japanese national anthem. That's unique that is. So we gave him 'One fine day' from Madame Butterfly and a joke about Pearl Harbor.
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Connections

Featured in The Unforgettable Joan Sims (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by The Blonde Bombshells
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Thank you for a First Class Movie, Judi Dench and Exquisite Cast
29 September 2000 | by angelltdSee all my reviews

This was a wonderfully clever and entertaining movie that I shall never tire of watching many, many times. The casting was magnificent in matching up the young with the older characters. There are those of us out here who really do appreciate good actors and an intelligent story format. As for Judi Dench, she is beautiful and a gift to any kind of production in which she stars. I always make a point to see Judi Dench in all her performances. She is a superb actress and a pleasure to watch as each transformation of her character comes to life. I can only be grateful when I see such an outstanding picture for most of the motion pictures made more recently lack good characters, good scripts and good acting. The movie public needs heroes, not deviant manikins, who lack ingenuity and talent. How wonderful to see old favorites like Leslie Caron, Olympia Dukakis and Cleo Laine. I would like to see this movie win the awards it deserves. Thank you again for a tremendous night of entertainment. I congratulate the writer, director, producer, and all those who did such a fine job.


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Release Date:

26 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last of the Blonde Bombshells See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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