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Cathy Come Home ( The Wednesday Play )

Geoffrey Palmer , Carol White , Ken Loach    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Geoffrey Palmer, Carol White, Ray Brooks, Winifred Dennis, Wally Patch
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Producers: Cathy Come Home ( The Wednesday Play ), Cathy Come Home, The Wednesday Play
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 77.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IZG2HO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,190 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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France released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The program is a 'drama-documentary' concerning homelessness and its effect upon families. Written by Jeremy Sandford, produced by Tony Garnett and directed by Ken Loach, the programme has become a British TV 'classic,' regularly referred to by critics and researchers as well as by programme-makers themselves. Part of the status accorded to Cathy is undoubtedly due to its particular qualities of scripting, direction and acting, but part follows from the way in which has been seen to focus and exemplify questions about the mixing of dramatic with documentary material and, more generally, about the public power of television in highlighting social problems. ...Cathy Come Home ( The Wednesday Play )

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark Drama That Shook A Nation 31 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
In 1966 The Wednesday Play brought us one of the most significant pieces of work that has ever been transmitted on British television. Written by Jeremy Sandford and directed by Ken Loach, this single drama had such a profound effect on its showing, that Britain would never be the same again. The play was called Cathy Come Home.
Never before or since has one single piece of drama had such an effect on an entire nation. The stark realism of Cathy Come Home led to changes in social attitudes and the issues addressed were discussed in Parliament.
Stark, unremittingly grim and charged with a palpable tragic power which haunts the minds of those who saw it to this very day, Cathy Come Home remains as a truly ground-breaking piece of dramatic documentary fiction. Although director Loach has constantly refused to take credit for the impact that "Cathy" had on social attitudes, stating that the drama had a minimal effect, and reminding us that the homeless problem is far worse today than it ever was in the 1960's, rarely has a programme so clearly illustrated the true power of television. Even more rarely has television succeeded in touching the conscience of an entire nation.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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This was so radical at the time of its original screening that it was a significant driver the subsequent changes in social welfare reform. I remember it being shown on TV as a kid and it so impacted me that I have never forgotten it. I'm sure it shaped some of my views as to how people should be considered.

I am so glad that it has been released at an affordable price. It has been on release in the past, but due of its value in education it has always commanded a higher price.Cathy Come Home [DVD]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The greyness of the sixties. 10 Mar 2013
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My wife and I started our married life and family in the sixties and when we look back now the realism of the time really catches up with you, life as we knew it, was changing at a tremendous pace and you really lived from week to week. Cathy Come Home is a stark visualisation of what life was really like for thousands of people, poor sanitation, heartless authorities, low expectations, God knows how they survived, the film should be given credit for exposing the harshness of life in the 60's Britain.

Dave Stevenson
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cathy DVD 2 Oct 2011
By Deka's
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This is an excellent documentary film of the difficult times facing families after the second world war. It demonstrates an uncaring stance taken by government departments who deemed it ok to split families and take children away from young mothers who had tried their utmost to care for their children in deplorable conditions. Not a good way to reward the working classes after the efforts they had put in to the war.

It demonstrated a clear class distinction and an almost Victorian disregard for the impact of middle class decision making by people who would be unlikely to ever have to face such conditions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cathy Come Home 3 Jan 2012
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Not seen it since original showing! Well worth buying and brilliant performances by all not fair to place one above the other.The documentary included is an eye opener unbelievable conditions.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all ages 21 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The night we had planned to watch this film, we unexpectedly had 4 children staying overnight (ranging from 7 to 15), but decided to watch it anyway as we had to send it back. They were not at all thrilled to see that it was in black and white, but it was interresting to see how quickly it held and caught their attention right through to the end. But what was even more enlightening was the discussion between them which followed. An eye opener for all of us, and a reminder of how things were, and still are, for many people. Also to count our many blessings!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cathy Come Home. 19 Sep 2010
By John
Format:DVD
The DVD has been made for the French market but the language is in English so its OK. There are subtitles in French and the film is in B/W.Its so well acted that the film seems to be more like a real life documentary.Very powerful stuff,superb part played by the beautiful Carol White.Excellent period photography illustrating the living conditions of some less fortunate than others and how the unhappy circumstances have been arrived at.Its a classic for sure.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and powerful..... 8 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
I watched Cathy Come Home on dvd just last night and simply had to give it a 5 star Amazon rating.
I can't even begin to say how much this affected me, the importance of this television drama even today cannot be understated and it will stay with you long after. It has to be one of the most heartbreaking british films ever made. Beautifully acted by all, you just hope all the way through that everything for Cathy and her children will be allright. I came to this as a person not even alive when this was made, and watched it not really knowing the story that well.
I think this film is essential viewing for all, and those who didn't get to see it the first time should undoubtedly make the effort to see it.
I'm generally speaking not one for watching extras on DVDs but the short
10 min or so documentary that accompanies this DVD is also interesting viewing (though perhaps smacks a little of government propaganda), the biographies of the writer and director are interesting reading too.
You can't help but feel that (without giving anything away) if this were American everything would have turned our alright and that Cathy and her family would have not been so tragically let down. The stark realism depicted is as relevant today as it was back in 1966. Buy it.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars and may have thought it was like Up the Junction when I ordered it
Have seen it years ago. Having watched it again , I think I was getting a bit mixed up with my memories of the old film, and may have thought it was like Up the Junction when I... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mrs. Carole Buttle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 days ago by Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars I had forgotten how good this was
I had forgotten how good this was. The social/housing problems from the sixties do not seem to be any different today.
Published 9 days ago by Diane Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sad film of how things were in that time
Very sad film of how things were in that time. Seeing the film originally as a young women inspired me to work hard never to be put in that position. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Spender
5.0 out of 5 stars The ending was painful and stunned the entire country
The godfather of the mockumentary, Cathy Come Home suffers the passage of time with mediocre scripting and uneven editing but it is churlish to over-criticise this seminal... Read more
Published 16 days ago by NB
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
A real social comment of the 60s here with strong performances from Carol White and Terence Stamp among others.Very downbeat but realistic of the time Brilliant
Published 1 month ago by Pauly
5.0 out of 5 stars any hostel stalwarts
started the homelless movement in liverpool,a superb film
Published 1 month ago by Eli H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Yes another good story
Published 1 month ago by Shirley Lovatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it
I saw this back in the day when it was first broadcast. It has haunted me ever since and now it seems these days are back. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Gallagher-jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Cathy Come Home DVD
Arrived promptly. Remember watching it in the sixties looking forward to seeing it again
Published 1 month ago by A Payne
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