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Their Finest (2016)

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A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.

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(screenplay by), (based on the novel "Their Finest Hour and a Half" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Buckley
... Catrin Cole
Nicholas Murchie ... Bus Conductor
... Roger Swain
... Gabriel Baker
... Phyl Moore
... Ellis Cole
... Ambrose Hilliard
... Cecy / Mrs Brown (Careless Talk Film)
... Rex, The Clapper Loader
Darren Clarke ... The Gaffer
Ed Birch ... Walter, The Director (Careless Talk Film)
Lissa Evans ... Make-Up Woman (Careless Talk Film)
... Mr. Richards (Dubbing Editor)
Gaby Chiappe ... Dolly (Carrot Film)
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During the London Blitz of World War II, Catrin Cole is recruited by the British Ministry of Information to write scripts for propaganda films that the public will actually watch without scoffing. In the line of her new duties, Cole investigates the story of two young women who supposedly piloted a boat in the Dunkirk Evacuation. Although it proved a complete misapprehension, the story becomes the basis for a fictional film with some possible appeal. As Cole labors to write the script with her new colleagues such as Tom Buckley, veteran actor Ambrose Hilliard must accept that his days as a leading man are over as he joins the project. Together, this disparate trio must struggle against such complications such as sexism against Cole, jealous relatives, and political interference in their artistic decisions even as London endures the bombs of the enemy. In the face of those challenges, they share a hope to contribute something meaningful in this time of war and in their own lives. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The spirit of the nation is in her hands See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for some language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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7 April 2017 (USA)  »

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Their Finest Hour  »

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Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,197, 7 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,595,841, 16 June 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,313,591, 7 June 2018
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2.35 : 1
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Made its U.K. premiere at the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival. See more »

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A CCTV camera is clearly visible in a scene where the main character is running down a London street. That scene is used as a still for the trailer. See more »

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Gabriel Baker: Wonderful! Authenticity, optimism and a dog!
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References The 39 Steps (1935) See more »

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Proud and Profane
Written by Ivor Slaney
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Everything you were expecting ... except it isn't
16 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Everything you were expecting ... except it isn't. Their Finest is very coherent, with simple yet relatable and sympathetic characters, the story moves forward as a reaction of the universe and is not necessarily character-driven, with conflict usually being originated from authority figures such as the producers/the studio. Their Finest not only uses the war to drive the plot forward and smartly show how it constantly affects the characters, but also makes a statement on how studios and producers control the creative process to win the audience's approval and give a positive image of the allies. The humor of the film is simple and sometimes silly in a way that it does not always add anything to the story. That being said, the simplicity of it does add a nice layer of happiness to a story that is not meant to be over-dramatic, and Bill Nighy's performance and character nails in the comedic aspect. Overall, Their Finest is an above-average romantic film. It is not groundbreaking and might feel like many films we've seen before, but will please the audience with a romantic story and a very well thought conclusion that gives a bittersweet aftertaste.


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