Their Finest

Their Finest

DVD - 2017
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In 1940 set in London, the story is an ode to how women played a major role in boosting national morale during the Blitz of London in the second world war.

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sheila_soprovich
Sep 16, 2018

Couple of my friends came over to watch this with me on the strength of Mr. N being in the cast. Although at times it was difficult to catch what was being said, the overall experience was worth it. Some lovely comic moments, and for my friends, some reminders of what war was in their early years. Well worth the time.

Well acted by the principal and supporting actors. Really a movie that did not seem able to decide if itscomedy outweighed its tragedy. See it in juxtaposition with "Churchill," and "Dunkirk," and "Darkest Hour."

CircMary Jul 30, 2018

This little gem slipped past me when it came out in 2016. Any chance to watch Bill Nighy is a treat, and I also discovered that the director, Lone Scherfig, directed the well-received "An Education" - both good reasons to give it a try.

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uncommonreader
Jul 16, 2018

Unrealistic and sentimental.

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Munkapunk
Jun 20, 2018

Was a pretty good movie until the part where they killed the main male lead with a falling scaffold and the rest of the cast just covered the body and walked away as if no big deal. Wow, what genius decided to throw that into the plot?

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marieloudavril
Jun 05, 2018

Great movie with loving precious moments, with friendship, love and lost that keep going even in time of tragedy and lost to be able to complete the destiny of a life time. Great acting performance.

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gomez7
May 26, 2018

If you are a Romantic at heart, this movie is thoroughly enjoyable. Set in London/England 1940. Some authentic-sounding music - particularly the adult female twins singing "I'm not afraid of the dark, are you?" (with triple phrase echo/repeat). At roughly 1:15 into the movie, Bill Nighy sings to piano accompaniment, in a pub, that song made so famous by the Clancy Brother & Tommy Makem, "Will ye go, lassie, go?". Lead actress Gemma Arterton does a superb job of bringing so many dimensions to her character, in part through her stunningly beautiful face, and entrancing Welsh lilt. Sam Claflin is also well worth seeing. Jeremy Irons has a small but entertaining roll. Many others among the excellent cast.

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mr_chocolate
May 10, 2018

A very fine film with a strong women lead, during the time of World War II English propaganda film making. Based on the 2009 book, Their Finest Hour and a Half, by Lissa Evans.
No bonus material to see on the DVD version.

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olga3
Apr 08, 2018

A really enjoyable movie.
Have some beautiful moments and some most unexpected.
Recommend.

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MJ555
Feb 11, 2018

Slow movie. Can be difficult to hear with various accents. No sub titles available.

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jimg2000
Sep 14, 2017

Nighy did a good job on Will Ye Go Lassie Go:
Oh, the summertime is comin',
And the trees are sweetly blooming,
Where the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather

CHORUS (Will ye go, lassie, will ye go?
And we'll all go together to pick wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather.
Will ye go, lassie, will ye go?)

I will build my love a bower
By yon pure crystal fountain
And around it I will place
All the flowers of the mountain.

CHORUS

If my true love e'er should leave me
I would surely find another
Where the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather.

CHORUS

Oh, the autumn-time is comin',
And the leaves are gently falling,
Where the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather

CHORUS

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jimg2000
Sep 14, 2017

My Johnnie:

Tell me one thing. In another time, another place, could it have been me?
- Perhaps, but you're talking about a world without Johnnie. And that's not a world I'd care to live in.
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Have you ever looked at something and known you want it, want it more than anything you've ever wanted in your life before, and known that it can never be yours? I have, and I tell you, it'll either finish you or put a fire in your belly that'll keep burning to the end of your days. I wasn't there at the beginning of the story, but you can bet your bottom dollar I'm not leaving before the end. Because I know now that it has to be the right sort of ending. The sort of ending that's worth fighting for.
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I'm not concerned about how many lines I have. I'd rather have four honest words - than 50 pages of bilge.

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jimg2000
Sep 14, 2017

The work's good, Mrs. Cole. None of them could have done any better. You're mustard these days.
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Lyrics to closing song:
I'm not afraid of the dark
Are you? (Are you?) Are you? (Are you?)
Gee, but it's nice in the dark
With the moon and you

(Chorus)
When we go strolling in the park at night
The darkness is a boon
Who cares if we're without a light?
They can't black out the moon

I see you smiling in the cigarette glow
But the picture fades too soon
But I see all I want to know
They can't black out the moon

We don't grumble
We don't worry about alarms
But when you stumble
You stumble right into my arms

And when you kiss me, don't you realize
That my heart's like a big balloon?
And like a love light in your eyes
They can't black out the moon

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jimg2000
Sep 14, 2017

A million bullets for dispatch by the morning? But, I tell you, the girls have done ten hours today already. Yes, I realize how urgent it is. But you can't expect these girls to work 14 hours a stretch.
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Why do you think that people like films? It's because stories are structured; have a shape, a purpose, a meaning; and when things gone bad they're still a part of a plan; there's a point to them. Unlike life.
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Film, Mrs Cole. Real life with the boring bits cut out. Don't confuse facts with truth, and, for Christ's sake, don't let either of them get in the way of the story.
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"American picture-goers like to be knocked off their feet. Bangs, crashes, ambulances careening around corners. The same goes for romance. What you call understatement translates as a lack of oomph."

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jimg2000
Sep 14, 2017

You and me, given opportunities only because young men are gone. Or dying-
But to turn our back on those opportunities, even when one has suffered such great loss, wouldn't that be giving death dominion over life?
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What in the... What is that?
-It's France, Uncle Frank. Dunkirk.
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He is an actor. Unless you have reviewed him, had intercourse with him, or done both simultaneously, he won't remember you.
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The actor was ruining the script.
-Course he was. He's an actor.
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I am perfectly calm. What you are seeing is controlled anger tempered with icy detachment. It's one of the many subtle emotions of which a good actor is capable.
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I am an actor, a somewhat derided calling, but mine nonetheless. Perhaps because we are engaged in an imitation of life, there is a common misconception that anything living can do what we do. You have found that not to be so, for which I offer my, urn, sincerest commiserations.

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Depthtaz7of9
Jan 20, 2018

Depthtaz7of9 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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