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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 with which she played 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 (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.

Genres:

Comedy | Music

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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

Evelyn: Any news on Gwen?
Dinah: If she doesn't show, we'll kill her. You'll see to it, right babe?
Betty: There's a fellow comes in the bar, he's in that line of work.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Betty's Blues
Written by Max Harris
Performed by John Horler
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Nostalgic Charm
7 March 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

The Blonde Bombshells were an all-British World War II jazz band/big band. It was nearly an all-girl band, too, except for Patrick (Ian Holm), the drummer. Judi Dench, a saxaphonist for the group, wishes to reunite the Blonde Bombshells for a gig at her granddaughter's school dance. The idea is slightly comparable to Penny Marshall's "A League of Their Own," except there is about even focus on both past and present whereas Marshall's film is primarily all flashback.

It is a charming little film with great performances by British (Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Leslie Caron), American (Olympia Dukakis), and Jazz heavyweights (Cleo Laine) who provide that sentimental charm and excellent humor to make this a fine film.


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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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