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My Way Home

  • Drama
  • 1978
  • Bill Douglas
  • 68 mins
  • 15

Summary

Jamie leaves the children's home to live with his paternal grandmother. After working in a mine and in a tailor's shop, he is conscripted into the RAF, and goes to Egypt, where he is befriended by Robert, whose undemanding companionship releases Jamie from self-pity.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Having endured endless poverty and rejection, Stephen Archibald emerges from the dark tunnel of his childhood in the concluding part of Bill Douglas's magnificent film autobiography. After all the pain of family life, it is, unsurprisingly, a stranger whom Archibald meets on National Service in Egypt who transforms the boy's life. It is no accident either that one of the books that sustains his ambition to become an artist is by the Russian author Gorky, as the series has clearly been influenced by director Mark Donskoy's classic "Gorky Trilogy" of the 1930s. Taken together, Douglas's trilogy is one of the finest achievements in British cinema history.

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Credits

Cast

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JamieStephen Archibald
Jamie's fatherPaul Kermack
Father's wifeJessie Combe
ArchieWilliam Carrol
Father's girlfriendMorag McNee
GrandmotherLennox Milne
Mr BridgeGerald James

Crew

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DirectorBill Douglas

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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