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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.

Director:

Peter Hall

Writer:

Ronald Blythe
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Cast

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
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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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Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1974 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Burgh, Suffolk, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,847
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Angle Films Limited See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli
Written by Michael Tippett
Played by The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conducted by Neville Marriner
recorded by Argo Record Company
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An over-rated "arty" film?
18 November 2004 | by Al1GSee all my reviews

I watched this film when it first came out in 1974 as there was a lot of publicity about what a revolutionary film it was and it was set locally to where I was living at the time, Cambridge, England.

I'm afraid that I was not impressed.

Pretty pictures and an "arty" film, but nothing much happens in any sort of way for the full the full length of the film and you are left coming out thinking "what was that all about?".

If you like pictures of rural scenery and are put off by action or complicated plot you will love this film.

A film to take you back in time...


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