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Peterloo (2018)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 5 April 2019 (USA)
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The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.

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Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Kinnear ... Henry Hunt
Maxine Peake ... Nellie
Pearce Quigley ... Joshua
David Moorst ... Joseph
Rachel Finnegan ... Mary
Tom Meredith ... Robert
Simona Bitmate ... Esther
Robert Wilfort ... Lord Liverpool, the Prime Minister
Karl Johnson ... Lord Sidmouth, the Home Secretary
Sam Troughton ... Mr. Hobhouse
Roger Sloman ... Mr. Grout
Kenneth Hadley ... Mr. Golightly
Tom Edward-Kane Tom Edward-Kane ... Mr. Cobb
Lizzy McInnerny ... Mrs. Moss
Alastair Mackenzie ... General Sir John Byng
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An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protesters were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.

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Drama | History

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Rated PG-13 for a sequence of violence and chaos | See all certifications »

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Christopher Eccleston auditioned for a part, but was not cast. See more »

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Henry Hunt uses the word "normalcy" which had not been "invented" until U.S. senator Warren G. Harding misspoke during his successful 1920 run for President. See more »

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Prince Regent: I know what is good for my people better than they know themselves!
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Long but ends powerfully
8 December 2018 | by chas-108See all my reviews

Peterloo is the Best Mike Leigh picture I've seen. Yes it is too long & speech filled but the Manchester massacre of 1819 is horribly dramatic. You see how the forces of the status quo combine to send in the cavalry & yeomanry to charge at peaceful protestors, maiming hundreds and killing 15. The protestors wanted the right to vote, reform in Parliament (Manchester didn't have an MP) & lower food prices. The film is very well shot with an excellent performance as always from Maxime Peake. Oddly after a long build up to the massacre there is no focus on what happened afterwards.


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Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$26,002, 7 April 2019

Gross USA:

$151,971

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,998,945
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1.85 : 1
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