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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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Lone Scherfig

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Lissa Evans (based on the novel "Their Finest Hour and a Half" by), Gaby Chiappe (screenplay by)
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Cast

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 / Uncle Frank
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)
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

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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Country:

UK | Sweden

Language:

English | Hungarian | Polish | French

Release Date:

7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Their Finest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,197, 7 April 2017

Gross USA:

$3,595,841

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,313,591
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Claflin, Rachael Stirling and Eddie Marsan previously appeared together in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). See more »

Goofs

In the newsreel footage the token American is seen to run toward his waiting Spitfire, he climbs into a Hurricane, waves to the camera from a Spitfire, takes off in a Hurricane then after his mission he lands and walks away from a Spitfire! American pilots who joined the RAF and didn't join the RCAF were assigned to one of the three Eagle Squadrons. Given that the movie is set in 1940 and the only Eagle squadron established at the time was 71 Squadron, so this young hero, must have been in 71. It is true that 71 did fly both Hurricanes and Spitfires, but they didn't start flying Spits until August 1941. See more »

Quotes

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

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They Can't Black Out the Moon
Written by Art Strauss, Bob Dale and Sonny Miller
Performed by Stephanie Hyam, Claudia Jessie and Rachel Portman
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Everything you were expecting ... except it isn't
16 April 2017 | by danielpongaSee 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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