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When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)

And When Did You Last See Your Father? (original title)
PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 4 July 2008 (USA)
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The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.

Director:

Anand Tucker

Writers:

David Nicholls (screenplay), Blake Morrison (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Johnson Bradley Johnson ... Blake (Child)
Jim Broadbent ... Arthur
Juliet Stevenson ... Kim
Alannah Barlow Alannah Barlow ... Gillian (Child)
Chris Middleton Chris Middleton ... Racing Steward (as Christopher Middleton)
Colin Firth ... Blake
Gina McKee ... Kathy
Elliot Avery Elliot Avery ... Peter
Rhiannon Howden Rhiannon Howden ... Sophie
Tom Butcher ... Dr. Taggart
Claire Skinner ... Gillian
Sarah Lancashire ... Beaty
Naomi Allisstone Naomi Allisstone ... Josie
Matthew Beard ... Blake (Teen)
Tara Berwin ... Gillian (Teen)
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Storyline

The writer Blake Morrison has a non-resolved relationship with his bragger and wolf father Arthur Morrison. However, when Arthur is diagnosed with a terminal intestine cancer, Blake leaves his wife and children and travel to the village where he spent his childhood and adolescence to help his mother and his sister to take care of Arthur along his last days. The location brings recollections of his problematic relationship with his father. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Between every father and his son there is a story to be told. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When Did You Last See Your Father? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,210, 8 June 2008

Gross USA:

$1,077,273

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,752,471
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew Beard wore brown coloured contact lenses in order to look more like Colin Firth. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Morrison: [as Blake enters the kitchen] Aha! Here he is! Sleeping beauty. Blake meet Sandra our new maid. Maid or housekeeper? Or Skivvy,I'm joking, let's just say you're one of the family.
Sandra: Pleased to meet you Blake.
Young Blake Morrison: You're Scottish...
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References A Matter of Life and Death (1946) See more »

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I'm Gonna Tell Santa on You
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Superbly crafted film, great performances and genuinely touching
6 October 2007 | by standeman1984See all my reviews

No other actor could have played Jim Broadbent's part. He's fantastic as the stout father, who can never quite relay his intimate feelings and emotions to his son, who is played with understated brilliance by Colin Firth. Sarah Lancashire deserves a mention, who has a small part but delivers with consistent aplomb (she's great on the telly), and Matthew Beard as the young Blake Morrison, upon whom the film and book are auto-biographically based.

As his father lays on his deathbed, the son recounts his childhood memories of the part his dad played in his life, whether funny, mean, sad or eccentric. Smart direction plus great lead performances, at least one of which is definitely worthy of an Oscar, adds to the overall emotional connection with the audience and culminates with a surprisingly touching ending, despite it's inevitability.

Having seen the film with my mum, who not only read the book by Blake Morrison, but had a father much like the one portrayed in the film, I found it all the more connectible. But this is not to say it is not for everyone. I think we can all relate to the fathers who can never quite express how they truly feel, and the childhoods spent moping and dwelling on seemingly world-shattering things.

The cinema i saw this in had about ten people at most, which is shocking! We need to see more British films like this, if just to keep the British film industry going. It deserves to fill a theatre and gain much more exposure than it currently has, regardless of those who might say it would have been better placed on television.

It is a superb film, thoughtfully shot, very well written and a joy to be in the company of for all of it's ninety minutes. And yes, I cried at the end. Sniff. But maybe you will too.


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