Glorious 39

Glorious 39

Stephen Poliakoff (2009)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This period thriller marks a return to the cinema for writer/director Stephen Poliakoff after a decade crafting some of the most original drama on British television (including The Lost Prince and Shooting the Past). He brings his singular vision to the story of Anne (Romola Garai), a privileged girl whose world comes crashing down when, just ahead of the Second World War, she gets wind of a sinister plot to appease Hitler that could involve members of her family. Poliakoff cleverly translates the mood of fear and uncertainty in Britain into a dark psychological maze that leads Anne to the edge of insanity. Garai makes a gutsy yet vulnerable heroine and Bill Nighy is superb as Garai's politician father. Filling out the sterling cast of British actors are Julie Christie, David Tennant and a creepy Christopher Lee. And while events become a tad too surreal in parts, it's impossible to look away.


In 1939, the adopted daughter of a prominent ex-politician becomes suspicious when an MP friend seemingly commits suicide. The aspiring actress discovers members of her family may be connected to a sinister plot to avert war with Hitler's Germany at all costs, and her investigations place her life in danger. Steven Poliakoff's period thriller, starring Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, David Tennant and Christopher Lee.

Cast & Crew

Anne Keyes Romola Garai
Alexander Keyes Bill Nighy
Aunt Elizabeth Julie Christie
Ralph Keyes Eddie Redmayne
Celia Keyes Juno Temple
Maud Keyes Jenny Agutter
Gilbert Hugh Bonneville
Lawrence Charlie Cox
Oliver Corin Redgrave
Hector Haldane David Tennant
Balcombe Jeremy Northam
Walter Christopher Lee
Michael Walton Toby Regbo
Mick Asier Newman
Old Anne Muriel Pavlow
Director Stephen Poliakoff
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Contains swearing and brief nudity.Available on: DVDReleased on: 20 Nov 2009