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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

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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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,002, 7 April 2019

Gross USA:

$151,971

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,998,945
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Color:

Color | Color (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

90% of the crowd during the sequence at St. Peter's Field were digitally duplicated and created; in reality, there was 200 extras. The sequence was filmed at Tilbury Port, and many of the buildings were also added in post-production, re-created from historical records. See more »

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The Mail Coach is not a font - it is hand painted with lettering to match the early 1800s one in the London Science Museum. See more »

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The 1819 Tiananmen Square
6 November 2018 | by keithmmartin-16091See all my reviews

This is the first review I've ever done, but was moved to do so by some reviews that I have read on here since watching the film. So apologies to you experts, but here's my tuppenceworth. On the down side, a bit overlong, could have been a bit less wordy and faster paced. But, I left the cinema with the same feeling that I did in the early 70s after seeing Soldier Blue: stunned by the brutality of "the authorities" over the disenfranchised. Forensic in its drama/documentry approach and absolutely true to events (I have since checked various historical sources). This is what happens when people feel they lack a voice and does resonate with today's UK. I thought the lighting was superb and the epic, grand scale setting rare in a UK film. A must watch for teenagers who will not have heard of this event in history at school.


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