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Went the Day Well?

  • Drama
  • War
  • 1942
  • Alberto Cavalcanti
  • 88 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War drama based on a story by Graham Greene, starring Leslie Banks and Elizabeth Allan. A group of German soldiers parachute into England disguised as a British platoon and infiltrate the sleepy village of Bramley End. They meet with stern opposition from the locals but find an unlikely ally.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

This is without question the finest Home Front picture made during the Second World War. Adapted from Graham Greene's short story The Lieutenant Died Last, it depicts the seizure of a quiet English village by disguised Nazi soldiers in league with local quislings with such plausibility that it must have chilled contemporary audiences to the bone. Those watching today will be similarly struck by the steel beneath the quintessential Englishness of the villagers. What makes this such compelling cinema for viewers decades later is the realism and restraint with which director Alberto Cavalcanti tells his tale and the naturalistic playing of his splendid cast.

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Credits

Cast

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Oliver WilsfordLeslie Banks
PeggyElizabeth Allan
Tom SturryFrank Lawton
OrtlerBasil Sydney
Nora AshtonValerie Taylor
SimsMervyn Johns
PoacherEdward Rigby
Mrs FrazerMarie Lohr
VicarC V France
JungDavid Farrar
Mrs CollinsMuriel George
Land girlThora Hird
George TruscottHarry Fowler
DaisyPatricia Hayes
German corporalJames Donald

Crew

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DirectorAlberto Cavalcanti

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI
Released on
2010-07-09
Languages
English | German
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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