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England Is Mine (2017)

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A portrait of Morrissey and his early life in 1970s Manchester before he went on to become the lead singer of seminal alternative rock band The Smiths.

Director:

Mark Gill
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Jodie Comer ... Christine
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Linder Sterling
Jack Lowden ... Steven Patrick Morrissey
Peter McDonald ... Peter Morrissey
Simone Kirby ... Elizabeth Morrissey
Laurie Kynaston ... Johnny Marr
Graeme Hawley ... Mr. Leonard
Adam Lawrence ... Billy Duffy
Finney Cassidy ... Darren
Katherine Pearce Katherine Pearce ... Anji Hardie
Nicola-Jayne Wells Nicola-Jayne Wells ... Rock Chick
Marc Graham Marc Graham ... Gordon
Rosanna Rosanna ... Siobhan
Joseph Carter Joseph Carter ... Gary
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A portrait of Morrissey and his early life in 1970s Manchester before he went on to become the lead singer of seminal alternative rock band The Smiths.

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On Becoming Morrissey

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steven See more »

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Production Co:

Honlodge Productions See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

The title is taken from the lyric "I decree today that life is simply taking and not giving, England is mine, it owes me a living" from the song "Still Ill", which was never a UK Top 75 chart hit but featured on the 1984 debut album by The Smiths. See more »

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Steven Patrick Morrissey: The most used noun in the English language is time. And I'm running out of it. You win, Christine. You've won. Some of us want to dream and keep on dreaming.Think of us. And protect us. The lion and the lamb shall lie down together. Down together we go.
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Soundtracks

Suite For Variety Orchestra
(aka "Jazz Suite No. 2")
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performed by The Russian State Symphony Orchestra and Dmitry Yablonsky
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Morrissey is not Hollywood!
12 January 2018 | by amagjunkSee all my reviews

I guess people give this movie a crappy review because it's not your average Hollywood movie. It's not a Hollywood movie. It rises above that. It makes you work a bit, and it lasts long when you return to the music of Morrissey.

I loved the music of The Smiths and Morrissey in the 80s and 90s. I was just a kid. The music was cool and it bombarded the airwaves. As I grew older, I paid much more attention to the lyrics and was surprised how arrogant, cynical, and depressing the lyrics could be. As a kid, I just liked the melodies of songs like "Ask" "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" and "Girlfriend in a Coma". I liked Morrissey's voice too. After paying more attention to the lyrics, I had much more respect for the music. It is bloody brilliant.

With respect to what Morrissey brought to the music with his lyrics and smooth crooning, this movie attempts to dig deep into the soul of Steven Patrick Morrissey, which is a daring venture, considering his worldwide droves of competing and critical followers. I believe this movie accomplished its goal.

The naysayers will argue that the movie is boring and vague, or that the filmmaker's representation is unflattering and noxious to the legend that is Morrissey. To them I can only say, "Go back and listen to the lyrics that create a window through which you might understand who Steven Patrick Morrissey was and really is."


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