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Carrie's War (2004)

Carrie Willow and her younger brother, Nick, are evacuated from London to a small Welsh town during World War II. Fleeing the German bombing, they are taken in by the strict Mr Evans and his sister.

Director:

Coky Giedroyc

Writers:

Nina Bawden (novel), Michael Crompton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keeley Fawcett Keeley Fawcett ... Carrie Willow
Jack Stanley Jack Stanley ... Nick Willow
Karen Meagher Karen Meagher ... Mrs. Watkins
Eddie Cooper Eddie Cooper ... Albert Sandwich
David Prince David Prince ... Billetting officer
Lesley Sharp ... Louisa Evans, aka 'Aunty Lou'
Alun Armstrong ... Mr. Samuel Evans
Robert Page Robert Page ... Minister
Pauline Quirke ... Hepzibah Green
Jamie Beddard Jamie Beddard ... Mister Johnny
Geraldine McEwan ... Mrs. Dilys Gotobed
Hermione Gulliford ... Nick's teacher
Marlene Griffiths Marlene Griffiths ... Mrs. Jenkins
Nigel Whitmey ... Maj. Cass Harper
Daniel Roberts ... Frederick Evans
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Carrie Willow and her younger brother, Nick, are evacuated from London to a small Welsh town during World War II. Fleeing the German bombing, they are taken in by the strict Mr Evans and his sister.

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Drama | Family

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"Sometimes you owe more to strangers."
2 March 2018 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

The movie of the series of the book! All three are great.

The movie runs about 90 minutes and has an awful lot of ground to cover... this is good and bad. The pace is brisk... but it needn't have been. The 5 part series, 30 years prior, was more laid back and did more justice to the book.

That said, it's an excellent TV movie and much of that credit should be given to the young cast - especially Keeley Fawcett. She looks and sounds like a young Jenny Agutter (The Railway Children) and gives an extremely nuanced and mature performance. (She was an adult when she played the 12-year old-girl.) I wonder what happened to her. Did she even do anything else after that?

There are some memorable moments along the way as two children, Carrie and Nick, are sent from London to Wales to avoid the bombing blitz of the second world war. One of those moments is when Carrie's mother sends her a dress and gushing with joy she tries it on, only to find that it's too small for her.

Geraldine McEwan is a treat to watch and when she dances with young Carrie you would swear they are related.

Alun Armstrong's Mr. Samuel Evans is perhaps the most complicated of the characters. he's bossy, religious, strict and uncompromising... but not mean or vindictive. He's the sort of man it's easy to despise till you walk a step or two in his shoes. His son is drifting away from him, his sister actually ends up running off with an American soldier to avoid him and he is lonely and confused about his standing with the other members of his family.

There's actually a lot of comedy to be found in this telling as well as a couple of heartbreaking moments. They are all played out with dignity and the film is very rewarding to the viewer.


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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Carrie titka See more »

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BBC Wales See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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