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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.


Lone Scherfig


Gaby Chiappe (screenplay by), Lissa Evans (based on the novel "Their Finest Hour and a Half" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Claflin ... Tom Buckley
Gemma Arterton ... Catrin Cole
Nicholas Murchie Nicholas Murchie ... Bus Conductor
Richard E. Grant ... Roger Swain
Henry Goodman ... Gabriel Baker
Rachael Stirling ... Phyl Moore
Jack Huston ... Ellis Cole
Bill Nighy ... Ambrose Hilliard
Amanda Root ... Cecy / Mrs Brown (Careless Talk Film)
Patrick Gibson ... Rex, The Clapper Loader
Darren Clarke Darren Clarke ... The Gaffer
Ed Birch Ed Birch ... Walter, The Director (Careless Talk Film)
Lissa Evans Lissa Evans ... Make-Up Woman (Careless Talk Film)
Richard Bevan Richard Bevan ... Mr. Richards (Dubbing Editor)
Gaby Chiappe Gaby Chiappe ... Dolly (Carrot Film)


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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Smart, witty... a top-notch British comedy! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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UK | Sweden


English | Hungarian | Polish | French

Release Date:

7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Their Finest Hour See more »


Box Office


€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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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was presented at a gala screening as part of the 13th Dubai International Film Festival on December 9, 2016. See more »


When Catrin Cole exits an Underground Station an Air Raid is starting and Air Raid Sirens are sounding; however they are not broadcasting the rising and falling note of the "Air Attack Warning", but the constant high pitched note of the "All Clear" which was/ would be sounded after danger had passed. See more »


Tom Buckley: Film, Mrs Cole. Real life with the boring bits cut out. Don't confuse facts with truth, and, for Christ's sake, don't let either of them get in the way of the story.
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Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: Dunkirk (2017) See more »


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Not quite what I expected
21 April 2017 | by marklear-1See all my reviews

This film is a story of the scriptwriters who produced movies during World War 2 to show to the British public, so, as other reviewers have said, it is a film within a film. However, I did not find the overall experience very satisfying. The acting is fine by many of the players, although there was a tendency to caricature which I found unnecessary. I should emphasize that there are some highlights too, including the rescue, and a scene in a cinema, both towards the end of the film. Very good! Overall though, I felt that the continuity of the story lines did not work all that clearly, and, in particular, there are a few "surprises" in the script which I felt were a negative to the flow of the plot. It seems odd to say (given that there are two film scripts within the story) that I think the script writing needed more work.

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