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Akenfield (1974)

As the young man, Tom, prepares to leave the Suffolk village of his birth, voices and experiences from his family's past crowd in on his mind, weaving a poetic tapestry of the love of home and the longing to get away from it.


Peter Hall


Ronald Blythe


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garrow Shand Garrow Shand ... Tom Rouse
Peggy Cole Peggy Cole ... Dulcie Rouse
Barbara Tilney Barbara Tilney ... Jean Quantrill
Lyn Brooks Lyn Brooks ... Charlotte Rouse
Ida Page Ida Page ... Aunt Ida
Ted Dedman Ted Dedman ... Ted
Mollie Dedman Mollie Dedman ... Mollie
Charlie Cornish Charlie Cornish ... Charlie
Charlie Whiting Charlie Whiting ... Charlie
Robin Buckingham Robin Buckingham ... Robin
Alan Wright Alan Wright ... Young Tom Rouse
Mary Hammond Mary Hammond ... Young Dulcie Rouse
Ronald Blythe Ronald Blythe ... The Vicar
F.O. Staddon F.O. Staddon ... The Minister
Bob Wilson Bob Wilson ... Farmer


As the young man, Tom, prepares to leave the Suffolk village of his birth, voices and experiences from his family's past crowd in on his mind, weaving a poetic tapestry of the love of home and the longing to get away from it.

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Release Date:

18 November 1974 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Burgh, Suffolk, England, UK See more »


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Angle Films Limited See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Made over a year so they could include all the seasons. See more »


Charlie: He said "Now what sort of husband was he"? "Oh", she said "one of the best. You couldn't wish for a better one". She said, "We used to lie in bed, Sunday mornings, and hear the church bells ringing. We used to go up with the ding and come down with the dong". And she'd say "if it hadn't been for that fire engine going by, at the bloody time, he'd be alive now".
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Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli
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Three generations of a Suffolk farming come together
22 November 2004 | by jbashfieldSee all my reviews

When this film came out in 1974, it was unique for two reasons. Firstly, most of the cast were not professional actors/actresses and secondly, the film was screened on London Weekend television at the same time it was shown in the cinemas. Back in 1974 the film, although considered innovative, was regarded more for being unusual than for being a 'classic piece of work'. Following its re-release on DVD, Akenfield has withstood the test of time better than most films of its generation and has now become a piece of East Anglian history in its own right. It has without question captured a snap shot of life in the countryside not just thirty years ago, but in Victorian times as well. Life on a farm in Suffolk has changed so dramatically since the seventies it is unlikely we will ever see anything quite like it again. When first shown in 1974 Akenfield attracted some 14 million viewers, a rating most program makers today can only dream of!

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