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War Bride (2001)

The War Bride (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 29 November 2002 (UK)
WW2: In London, Lily marries a Canadian soldier who goes off to war. She and her newborn daughter are invited to come and live with his family in Canada, where conditions are not as ... See full summary »


Lyndon Chubbuck


Angela Workman

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Friel ... Lily
Brenda Fricker ... Betty
Aden Young ... Charlie
Loren Dean ... Joe
Molly Parker ... Sylvia
Julie Cox ... Sophie
Schyler McLaren Schyler McLaren ... Lindy
Gabrielle McLaren Gabrielle McLaren ... Lindy
Caroline Cave ... Peggy
Keeley Gainey ... Moira
Claudie Blakley ... Rosie
Benjamin Boyd ... Louie (as Ben Weinberger)
Dorothy A. Haug Dorothy A. Haug ... Mrs. Clarke
Petina Hapgood Petina Hapgood ... Sal
Lynda Boyd ... Dee Dee


WW2: In London, Lily marries a Canadian soldier who goes off to war. She and her newborn daughter are invited to come and live with his family in Canada, where conditions are not as splendid as he had described. And nobody knows if and when he will return. Written by Roald, Norway

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

29 November 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Love and War See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital


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The small-town Canada street scenes were filmed in Edmonton, Alberta at Fort Edmonton Park. The fireworks scene was filmed on 1885 Street. See more »


Montreal Station is shown as a small provincial whistle-stop, obviously with a new name board superimposed on the real station name. In reality Montreal Central station is a large and imposing edifice. See more »

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Junior High version of WW2
27 July 2004 | by max von meyerlingSee all my reviews

How really terrible can a film be, how perfunctory can a period picture be when made by and for people without the slightest idea or even interest in the era beyond some superficial idea of the retro fashion value of certain cultural artifacts. THE WAR BRIDE plays like a Junior High School play. It stands in relation to a real film like the boy's band in THE MUSIC MAN does to a symphony orchestra. It is like a movie about a movie about the war but not a movie about the war. The film is not populated by people but stock notions of stock characters. Let me put it this way: The main character gets pregnant in nine days just to set up a tearful farewell scene. If it's a war film, so goes the logic, we have to have certain scenes and everything is manipulated, even at the peril of logic and history, to get us to some expected cliché scene like finding the toilet with a band on it in the Holiday Inn.

Two working girls in the London Blitz of 1940, living and dressing far beyond the means of people at the time, go to a little neighborhood dance which apparently contains a 38 piece dance band very like Glenn Miller which is heard but never seen and which only plays the most acceptable (to today's youth that is) jump tunes, where they meet a couple of Canadian soldiers. The quick gloss, the clothes and the music, are, like the hairstyles, retro cool but really don't reflect the reality of the period. The plot is just twisted in order to present these cool artifacts.

There is a farewell scene, the de rigour scene in every war movie since BIRTH OF A NATION and most famously done in THE BIG PARADE (King Vidor). After nine days the soldiers take leave of the girls to go off to the front. What front would that be is the question. After Dunkirk there wasn't much of a front to go off to. Certainly not by truck. They weren't going to drive across the English Channel were they. Forget that the truck they drive off is in US Army markings years before the US entered the war. And we have to have a pregnancy scene, despite everything we know about human biology, the girl announces she's pregnant.

As usual everything is manipulated to have these predetermined scenes taken from other war movies.

The girls, now married are evacuated, as wives of Canadian soldiers, to Canada. I doubt very much that they would have taken a heavy cruiser across the Atlantic in as much as they might have been better used protecting convoys and sinking the Bismarck etc. I think that the idea was to build a spectacular set of one slight angle of the deck of a ship with a huge gun turret in the background as a suitably dramatic setting. The train journey across Canada is one bad trip. The one room station located in the middle of the forest stands in for both Montreal, Canada's largest city, as well as rural Alberta. All right, it was a low budget picture but a little of what was wasted on the gun turret scene could have at least paid for a glass shot or still insert showing Montreal.

When the war bride arrives she is met by her comically dour mother-in law and her crippled daughter. Life will be hard on the farm. I've seen that picture too so if you're still on board at this point please be my guest as you have another hour and a half compilation of stock scenes and stilted reactions. Unbelievable, but even stranger is the reaction of young people who believe this phoney stuff to somehow be authentic.

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