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The Spirit of '45 (2013)

A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

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Ken Loach

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Ken Loach
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Cast

Credited cast:
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Clement Attlee Clement Attlee ... Himself (archive footage)
Aneurin Bevan Aneurin Bevan ... Himself - Minister of Health (archive footage)
Tony Benn Tony Benn ... Himself - Labour Minister
Dai Walters Dai Walters ... Himself - Miner
Donald Bruce Baron Bruce of Donington Donald Bruce Baron Bruce of Donington ... Himself - Parliamentary Private Secretary to Aneurin Bevan (archive footage) (as Lord Bruce)
Doreen McNally Doreen McNally ... Herself
Karen Reissmann Karen Reissmann ... Herself - Nurse
Harry Keen Harry Keen ... Himself - Consultant Physician (as Professor Harry Keen)
Raphie de Santos Raphie de Santos ... Himself - Financial Analyst and Radical Commentator
David Hopper David Hopper ... Himself - General Secretary, North East NUM
Bill Ronksley Bill Ronksley ... Himself - Former President, Train Drivers Union, ASLEF
June Hautot June Hautot ... Herself
Len King Len King ... Himself - Doctors' Collector (archive footage)
Tony Nelson Tony Nelson ... Himself - Former Dock Shop Steward
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A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

'45 Ruhu See more »

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interesting but boring
20 September 2013 | by antoniotiernoSee all my reviews

"The Spirit of '45" reminds us of the air of progress occurring in British politics immediately after World War II. It takes back to the founding of welfare state and the nationalization of the health service, transport, energy and other areas of public life. The faces we see at the beginning of the film of young Britons celebrating in the fountains at Trafalgar Square symbolize the hope of a nation. But Loach is also worried about the spirit of modern Britain. The second part ponders a different mood than the one of the 1940s: Thatcherism and the more recent failures of organized labor to live up to its founding principles. On the whole this is a tender and humane film, a compelling mix of interviews, with archive footage. The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake- up call to modern politicians, it's only a bit boring.


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