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Ethel & Ernest (2016)

Not Rated | | Animation, Drama, History | 20 February 2018 (USA)
The life and times of the parents of the hailed British graphic novelist, Raymond Briggs.

Director:

Roger Mainwood

Writers:

Raymond Briggs (graphic novel), Roger Mainwood (screenplay)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Bennett / Aunty Betty (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Ernest Briggs (voice)
Brenda Blethyn ... Ethel Briggs (voice)
Luke Treadaway ... Raymond Briggs (voice)
Roger Allam ... Middle Aged Doctor (voice)
Virginia McKenna ... Lady of the House (voice)
Peter Wight ... Detective Sergeant Burnley (voice)
June Brown June Brown ... Ernest's Step Mother (voice)
Alex Jordan ... Best Man / Fireman / Train Guard / Doctor (voice)
Simon Day Simon Day ... Alf (voice)
Harry Collett ... Young Raymond (voice)
Duncan Wisbey Duncan Wisbey ... Wedding Photographer / Radio Announcer / BBC Newsreader / Newspaper Seller / Tailor / Arthur (voice)
Gillian Hanna Gillian Hanna ... Midwife / Aunty Flo (voice)
Macready Massey Macready Massey ... Teen-age Raymond
Karyn Claydon Karyn Claydon ... Jean (Raymond's wife) (voice)
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Storyline

In 1928 London milk-man Ernest Briggs courts and marries house-maid Ethel, their son Raymond being born in 1934. When World War II breaks out Ethel tearfully allows him to be evacuated to aunts in Dorset whilst Ernest joins the fire service, shocked by the carnage he sees. As hostilities end they celebrate Raymond's return and entry to grammar school and the birth of the welfare state though Ethel is mistrustful of socialism and progress in general. Raymond himself progresses from National Service to art college and a teaching post, worrying his mother by marrying schizophrenic Jean. However father and son console each other as Ethel slips away but before long Raymond is mourning his father too though both Ethel and Ernest will forever be immortalized by Raymond's touching account of their lives. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Forty years of change. One enduring love. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Trivia

Carl Davis composed the original music for this film. The main piano theme in Ethel and Ernest is a reused version of Canon Collins, from his original soundtrack for the 1995 BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice (1995) (starring Colin Firth). See more »

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Featured in WatchMojoUK: Top 10 Greatest British Animations (2018) See more »

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In the Blink of An Eye
Written and Performed by Paul McCartney
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Heartbreaking.
1 January 2017 | by john-webb-970-879318See all my reviews

I've just got around to watching this today. As a 50-year-old I could relate to so much of it and relate it to my grandparents and uncles and aunties who were around during this time. Frankly, I found the film utterly heartbreaking. I must have had tears in my eyes pretty solidly for the last 30 minutes of it. It was quite overwhelming in places especially when Raymond views a body in the morgue which was very reminiscent of something that happened to me recently. I was going to write that it was a perfect slice of life but that is not big enough as it really does pretty much cover two entire lives. My boys who are under ten it has to be said were not gripped by it and did fade in and out of watching it but for adults, I can't recommend it highly enough.


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