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  • Actors: Romola Garai, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple, Toby Regbo, Christopher Lee
  • Directors: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Writers: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Producers: Andy Ordonez, Barney Reisz, Emma Lewis, James Atherton, Jane Wright
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002YV5S5K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,003 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Stephen Poliakoff writes and directs this tense conspiracy thriller set in rural Norfolk in the days leading up to the outbreak of World War II. Romola Garai stars as Anne, a beautiful young actress with a seemingly perfect life: adored eldest daughter of prominent Tory politician Alexander Keyes (Bill Nighy), she is passionately in love with Foreign Office official Lawrence (Charlie Cox). As the storm clouds of war gather on the horizon, Anne stumbles upon some secret recordings of government meetings that reveal dark secrets about Britain's relationship with Nazi Germany, and soon finds herself inextricably caught in a tangled web of deceit and betrayal.

Synopsis

In Glorious 39, acclaimed Writer/ Director Stephen Poliakoff has crafted a tense psychological thriller set against the idyllic British countryside during the glorious summer of 1939, just before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Anne, a budding young actress, stumbles across secret recordings of a sinister plot to appease the Nazis. As close friends die in suspicious circumstances, she finds herself swept into a web of dark secrets and in increasing danger from a powerful and menacing enemy. With her most precious certainties destroyed and unable to trust even those closest to her, she comes to realise the full extent of her own betrayal and vulnerability.

Featuring a stellar ensemble cast of leading British actors: award-winning British actress Romola Garai (Atonement), alongside BAFTA – winning actor Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Academy Award® - winning actress Julie Christie (Finding Neverland), Eddie Redmayne (The Other Boleyn Girl), David Tennant (Dr. Who), Charlie Cox (Stardust), Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park), Juno Temple (Atonement) and the legendary Christopher Lee (Lord of The Rings). Glorious 39 “delivers intrigue and suspense with masterful control” (Psychologies magazine).

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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122 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Ben Bottle on 28 Mar. 2010
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This is a marvellous film that sets you thinking and talking.
I was expecting more in the way of a regular "late period drama" with a formulaic theme. I'd forgotten about Poliakoff's flair and gift for amazing twists and hidden shadows.
The performances are superb - and hardly surprising really. Romola Garai is excellent in the lead role as Anne - but with the likes of Bill Nighy, Christopher Lee, David Tennant, Jenny Agutter, Julie Christie et al; she is never alone!
The film sits on a bed of sinister intrigue and weaves a tangled web of curious agendas as Britain moves towards war.
I am in no doubt that it is a film that demands more than one viewing - it leaves more questions than answers.
Highly recommended; a truly thought provoking film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fire monkey on 21 Nov. 2013
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This was recommended by a friend who had seen it on TV. She mentioned it as she knew that we have enjoyed Poliakov's other stuff. I bought it on DVD and we watched it the same evening that it was delivered. We were not disappointed, it was amazing as usual and the plot twists gave us plenty to discuss. The acting was great and it was very atmospheric. It stayed with me for days afterwards. Food for thought.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By annataylor46 on 15 Oct. 2013
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I just watched this film (on bbciplayer) and I thought it was absolutely fantastic. What a cast and a great storyline. I don't know anyone who wouldn't enjoy it. Now to hunt for a Poliakoff boxset...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2013
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This wartime costume drama is a couple of years old now, but it's worth watching for Bill Nighy's delightful performance if nothing else. Julie Christie and Jenny Agutter may be somewhat underused, but Nighy is perfect as an aristocratic MP; landed gentry of the old school, faced with an appalling situation as WW2 kicks off and all he holds dear is threatened by another war to end all wars...

The story is tolds from the perspective of his adopted daughter, a young film actress, who has led a fabulous life on the family's estate and London mansion, growing up with younger siblings in an idyllic setting. She stumbles on what appears to be some kind of conspiracy within the government; a friend commits suicide; she investigates further and suddenly everything she knows is thrown out of kilter.
The result is an enjoyable romp, even if the plot itself is somewhat far-fetched. Nighy's discreet, understated performance starkly contrasts with the heroine's increasingly hysterical, paranoid squeaking. The backdrop of wartime Britain isn't entirely convincing - the country estate far better realised than London suburbs, for instance - but Christopher Lee adds significant weight to the narrative with a short but solomn turn.
The are some distinctly dippy plot-holes (like why a murderer would leave a corpse hanging around to be found; or why the bad guys would ever have bothered to destabilise the heroine during a family picnic) but overall the action clips along at a decent pace so you don't find yourself questioning those moments until afterwards. In the meanwhile, the photography, costumes and props are delightful.
7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerry O'D on 6 Mar. 2015
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I liked the Poliakoff play Caught On A Train [1980] [DVD] which I've seen twice - first in 1980 on telly and then on DVD about 3 or 4 years ago. In a lot of ways it was a precursor to Auf Wiedersehen Pet in that it showed modern Germany while others were still on a "Take that, Fritz!" tip.

In its own way, this is kind of a precursor to Downton: posho types doing their thing in grand surroundings against the backdrop of big world events.

But Glorious 39 lacks the character development of Downton and also the suspense of Caught On A Train, as well as the comedy of Auf Wiedersehen.

Christopher Lee excels in this, everyone else just kinda floats past in a cloud of aristocratic meh. If it was a play you'd snooze until the interval and then bail. If it was a book you'd be "like, wha'?" and swerve at page six, or after the dirty bits. As a film it borders on pointless. I'm not an expert on 1930s posho accents or idioms but the dialogue here lacks authenticity and I'm fairly sure a lot of it is anachronistic.

Disappointing all round really.
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76 of 89 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2010
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At about two hours long this film will keep you absorbed, and the time will fly past. Taking in the time shortly before we declared war, and the early days of the second world war this film looks at those who wanted appeasement with the Third Reich. Nowadays when children are taught about the war they are told how we couldn't stand by and due to treaties with Poland we declared war on Germany. What is forgotten is the lead up to our entry, where our government tried to turn a blind-eye to what was happening (unlike today where we have a war due to imaginary WMDs). We were told of peace in our time whilst Europe was being ravaged and just stood back. The previous generation were still remembering the first world war and to be honest we were in no way ready to fight another, unlike Germany who had been re-arming for some time.

This film written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff is about one upper class family and the secrets that are kept hidden. Anne who is the eldest child of the family, but also adopted finds out something that she shouldn't have. From this her idyllic life takes a turn for the worse. If like me you have gone on quite normally in life and then it has been changed by events outside your control then you will readily identify with this movie. Also this is one of the beauties of this film, as when you first start watching it it seems just like a family saga, then it turns into a thriller which is almost Hitchcockian.

There are also a few scenes in this that border on the surreal. The acting is top-notch, although the film does seem a bit clunky in a couple of places. All in all though this is a great film that will have you thinking about the war long after it has finished.
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