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Peterloo (2018)

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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

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Mike Leigh
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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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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Бойня при Петерлоо See more »

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It premiered at TIFF in Toronto in September 2018. See more »

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Featured in Granada Reports: 19 August 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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Parallels to Today
25 September 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

It is one thing to be afraid of the dark, but letting light scare you is far worse. This is what happened in 1819 Manchester (and is still happening today). Faith in democracy was shattered when a peaceful gathering of working-class families was brutally broken up by soldiers. With unemployment, poverty and famine rampant in the wake of a costly war, unarmed men, women and children were beaten or slayed for the crime of demanding that their voices be heard. Privileged classes exaggerated dangers and created trouble that provided excuses for cracking down. The horror of a potato hitting the Royal Carriage prompted much of the severe over reaction.

The history is dark but fascinating. It is eerie but enlightening to see the parallels to current events. From the filmmaker, Mike Leigh, who brought us Mr. Turner. Leigh takes a close look at some of the characters caught in the turmoil and it makes for a compelling portrait of the time. I do not mind films being long, but this film was unnecessarily long. Leigh should have hired the editor from The Sisters Brothers. Seen at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.


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