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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

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In the aftermath of World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.


Mike Newell


Don Roos (screenplay by), Kevin Hood (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Elizabeth McKenna
Tom Courtenay ... Eben Ramsey
Michiel Huisman ... Dawsey Adams
Katherine Parkinson ... Isola Pribby
Marek Oravec ... German Officer
Jack Morris ... German Soldier
Matthew Goode ... Sidney Stark
Lily James ... Juliet Ashton
Stephanie Schonfield ... Audience Member #1
Pippa Rathborne Pippa Rathborne ... Audience Member #2
Emily Patrick ... Audience Member #3
Rachal Olivant Rachal Olivant ... Audience Member #4
Clive Merrison ... Mr. Gilbert
Glen Powell ... Mark Reynolds
Bernice Stegers ... Mrs. Burns


A correspondence begins between Juliet Ashton and members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, with them sharing their experiences of Nazi Occupied Guernsey. When an idea for a book catches Juliet she goes to visit the island, making lifelong friends and taking life changing steps along the way. This book is told by way of letters and as the reader, you become enchanted by the writers of them and the love Juliet comes to feel for each of the Islanders; Dawsey, Amelia, Isola, Eben, Kit and Elizabeth. A beautiful story of love, friendship and the sadness of friends lost. Written by Cathryn McDowell

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Based on the best-selling novel.


Drama | History | Romance


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English | German | French

Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Although Lily James and Jessica Brown Findlay both starred in Downton Abbey, they never had any scenes together See more »


Near the end of the film Mark pours Juliet and himself a glass of champagne. After they have spoken he gets up and leaves the table. When he returns for the bottle, the glasses, which were still full, have emptied. See more »


Sidney Stark: We have to write about them.
Juliet Ashton: I can't. I promised I wouldn't.
Sidney Stark: I realize that Juliet. But this is your story to tell. As sure as I am sitting here. And you will not be right until you do... Now, Elizabeth for better or worse, couldn't help but follow her heart. You must do the same.
Juliet Ashton: I am afraid. What if I am not a good enough writer?
Sidney Stark: She doubts. She doesn't believe. She craves being taken seriously, but then, she won't do that for herself.
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During the end titles we hear bits of presentations at the society gatherings. See more »


Written by James Seymour Brett
Published by James Seymour Brett
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A London writer forms a bond with the members of a book club on the island of Guernsey
17 April 2018 | by clivehodgesSee all my reviews

British and French troops fighting Nazi Germany suffer a stunning defeat in May 1940 on mainland Europe. Germany invades the Channel Islands, livestock is impounded and a night curfew imposed.

Late one night, Elizabeth (Jessica Brown Findlay) Eben (Tom Courtenay) Isola (Katherine Parkinson) and Dawsey (Michiel Huisman) are noisily making their way home after feasting on a roasted pig that Amelia (Penelope Wilton) has hidden from the invaders. A blinding headlight terrifies the friends and a group of soldiers wielding machine guns prepare to arrest the group for being out after dark.

Quick-thinking Elizabeth offers the suggestion that they are merely returning home from a meeting of their book club. She fumbles around for a name ... and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is born.

The islanders eagerly take the opportunity to meet regularly to discuss whatever books they can lay their hands on.

The meetings continue after the war. The friends wish to add to their library and Dawsey writes to Juliet Ashton (Lily James) a name he's found inside a book by Charles Lamb, requesting the name of a London book shop that might stock further books by that author.

Juliet, a successful writer with a bestseller recently published, is struggling to find inspiration for her next book. She's intrigued by the curiously named Guernsey Literary & Potato Pie Peel Society and - as one does on the spur of the moment - flies off to Guernsey to meet its members.

The film is based on a novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows that sold 7.5 million copies worldwide. Eben, in the film, is an amalgam of three characters in the book: the fisherman, the postmaster and the islander who thought up the recipe for the very first potato peel pie.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society is a charming, feel-good romantic drama. There's much to admire: a good story-line, excellent acting, unobtrusive music, a mystery to unravel, touches of humour and a few emotional, teary, tissue-dabbing moments. It's also predictable, minimises the blood and gore from the aircraft attacks in the re-enactments and, at just over two hours, overstays its welcome.

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