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Glorious 39 (2009)

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The adopted daughter of a privileged British politician uncovers a family secret in the weeks leading up to World War II.

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Stephen Poliakoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romola Garai ... Anne
Eddie Redmayne ... Ralph
Juno Temple ... Celia
Toby Regbo ... Michael
Christopher Lee ... Walter
Corin Redgrave ... Oliver
Charlie Cox ... Lawrence
David Tennant ... Hector
Bill Nighy ... Alexander
Jeremy Northam ... Balcombe
Katharine Burford Katharine Burford ... Lucy
Jenny Agutter ... Maud
Julie Christie ... Aunt Elizabeth
Hugh Bonneville ... Gilbert
Asier Newman ... Mick
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1939 is set between present-day London and the idyllic British countryside in the time before the beginning of the Second World War. At a time of uncertainty and high tension, the story revolves around the formidable Keyes family, who are keen to uphold and preserve their very traditional way of life. The eldest sibling Anne is a budding young actress who is in love with Foreign Office official Lawrence, but her seemingly perfect life begins to dramatically unravel when she stumbles across secret recordings of the pro-appeasement movement. While trying to discover the origin of these recordings, dark secrets are revealed which lead to the death of a great friend. As war breaks out Anne discovers the truth and flees to London to try to confirm her suspicions, but she is caught and imprisoned and only then does she finally begin to discover how badly she has been betrayed. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | History | Thriller | War

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Rated R for some violent images, language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

1939 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£7,654 (United Kingdom), 22 November 2009, Limited Release
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Final theatrical movie of Corin Redgrave (Oliver). See more »

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Elizabeth: This little war makes everything uncertain...
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Walkin' & Swingin'
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Ultimately disappointing
18 October 2012 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

I first came across the captivating young British actress Romola Garai in the 2004 movie "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights". Since then, most of her work has been for television, but she was back on the large screen in the 2009 film "Glorious 39". The '39' refers to 1939 when Britain was on the edge of war with Germany. 'Glorious' relates to both the nature of that year's summer and the affectionate name for Garai's character Anne, the adopted daughter of the aristocratic Keyes family which is headed by an influential Conservative Member of Parliament who is appalled by the notion of the country going to war for the second time in only a couple of decades.

Written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff as a kind of Hitchcockian thriller, this is a work replete with well-known British character actors spanning the age range from Christopher Lee & Julie Christie through Bill Nighy & Jeremy Northam to David Tennant & Eddie Redmayne. With so much talent available, one has a right to expect more than is actually delivered. The plotting is rather silly and often slow and the characterisation somewhat stilted, while the ending is most unsatisfactory. The locations - mostly in Norfolk - are fine though.


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