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Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

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The relationship between writer AA Milne and his son, Christopher Robin, and how this became the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh.

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Simon Curtis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vicki Pepperdine Vicki Pepperdine ... Betty
Margot Robbie ... Daphne Milne
Domhnall Gleeson ... Alan Milne
Will Tilston ... Christopher Robin Aged 8
Alex Lawther ... Christopher Robin Aged 18
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Ernest
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ... Rupert
Geraldine Somerville ... Lady O
Mossie Smith Mossie Smith ... Sharon the Midwife
Stanley Hamlin Stanley Hamlin ... Christopher Robin Aged 6 Months
Kelly Macdonald ... Olive
Dexter Hyman Dexter Hyman ... Christopher Robin Aged 3 Years
Sonny Hyman Sonny Hyman ... Christopher Robin Aged 3 Years
Phoebe Waller-Bridge ... Mary Brown
Sam Barnes Sam Barnes ... The Times Photographer
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A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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From a child's imagination to a worldwide phenomenon. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language | See all certifications »

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodbye Christopher Robin See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,917, 15 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,735,251, 21 December 2017
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Domhnall Gleeson plays A.A. Milne in this film, while in Disney's Christopher Robin (2018), the adult Christopher Robin is played by Ewan McGregor. Gleeson and McGregor have both appeared in the Star Wars series. Gleeson plays General Hux in the sequel trilogy, while McGregor played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequels. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, screen text says that A.A. Milne wrote the anti-war book Peace with Honour (1934), leaving the misleading impression that Milne was and remained strongly opposed to war. The movie glaringly omits the fact that he also wrote War with Honour (1940), which was largely a retraction of Peace with Honour. (Feel free to move to "Trivia" if more appropriate.) See more »

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Christopher Robin Aged 8: [pounds his fists onto the table] I hate her! Sack her and tell her never to come back!
Alan Milne: You ought not to hold your knife and fork like that.
Christopher Robin Aged 8: Why shouldn't I?
Alan Milne: Because, if someone were to fall through the ceiling, they'd come down right there and be impaled on your fork, and then they would bleed out all over your eggs and ruin your breakfast.
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Soundtracks

The Object of My Affection
Written by Jimmie Grier, Coy Poe, and Pinky Tomlin
Performed by The Boswell Sisters
Published by Bourne Co.
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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More than just about Winnie the Pooh
30 September 2017 | by trevorwombleSee all my reviews

I watched this wondering if it was going to be a dull, forgettable period piece or a tedious biopic and was very surprised just how good it actually was.

This is a really solid film with good performances and nicely directed. The plot concerns the true story of the life of the young Christopher Robin and the changing relationship he has with his parents in the 1920s.

It blends the mental trauma his father has been living with since his WW1 experience, and Christopher Robin's own traumatic childhood, both of witnessing his own parent's fractious relationship and then the deep unhappiness of having his life turned upside down when his fathers book, Winnie the Pooh, becomes an enormous and unexpected worldwide hit and inadvertently makes a celebrity of Christopher Robin.

This is a film primarily about family relationships and it is extremely well written too. Will Tilston, who plays Christopher Robin at 8 years old, puts in an exceptionally competent and sweet performance that makes you genuinely feel for the character.He finds the only person who actually understands and shares his anguish is his nanny, Olive (Kelly MacDonald). Olive too notices how unhappy Christopher Robin becomes but her pleas fall on deaf ears.

The only real flaw in any of the characterizations is Margot Robbie's turn as Daphne, Christopher Robin's mother. Whilst Domnhall Gleeson's AA Milne at least has some back story to explain why his mentally tortured writer is struggling to shake off his demons and thus oblivious to his son's reluctant celebrity status, Daphne comes across as somebody who is a bit cold and shallow and has no problems with watching her son get exploited to make the book a success. This may of course be what she was really like but the film doesn't dig very deep into her character. However this is a minor quibble in an otherwise well made film.

There are moments of humour in the script and no bad language so I expect this film will appeal to older audiences as well as families. The film is also just about the right length too if you like a good old fashioned biopic/drama. There is also a moral at the heart of this tale about the need to let children have a normal childhood, which is very much applicable even now.


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