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Joe Maddison's War [DVD]

Kevin Whately , Robson Green    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kevin Whately, Robson Green, Derek Jacobi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WOLFDC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,535 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A feature length film written by multi-award winning writer Alan Plater (Z-Cars, The Last of The British Bombshells, A Very British Coup). Set in Newcastle in 1939, Joe Maddison’s War features shipyard worker Joe who feels emasculated and past his prime; too old to serve in the war, and he’s shocked when his wife leaves him for a younger naval officer. Needing a new challenge, Joe and his friend Harry reluctantly volunteer to join the Home Guard. A decision which leads Joe on a journey of self discovery, on which he will learn lessons of heroism and friendship, and also finds love...  

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Tyneside ship-builder Joe Maddison lost his faith in the trenches at the Somme in 1916. Now that World War Two has begun he is too old to enlist alongside his son and son-in-law and is also in a reserved occupation so, after his wife Polly has left him for a sailor,he joins the Home Guard with his friends, Marxist Eddie and cynical,wise-cracking Harry.Harry's anti-authoritarian attitude causes problems with Mr. Simpson,the company commander,and Joe leads the men out on strike after Harry is expelled. However,after he has dealt with an unexploded bomb he is acclaimed a hero,and,along with his friends, reinstated,being promoted to corporal.He also meets widow Selina who brings him out of his shell but Polly returns,with the sailor's child,seeking a reconciliation, a request which splits the family. Come 1945 and the war is ending but Joe still has his personal conflict to resolve. ...Joe Maddison's War

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and wonderful! 21 Sep 2010
By Philip
Format:DVD
Unlike the previous reviewer who it seems is Mr Nitpicker..., I thoroughly enjoyed this programme. No it isn't Foyle's War, but who cares? It, especially the script, wears its heart on its sleeve, and the casting is brilliant, all 'home grown' people, well mostly... I thought the period detail, the period atmosphere was excellent, every bit as good as Foyle's War. Maybe the previous reviewr is a Southerner who doesn't or doesn't want to appreciate how the war was 'up North(East)', beyond 'continuity and medals'. I'll buy the DVD and cherish it. Maybe the fact that my dad was a fireman in Liverpool and was at Coventry has something to do with it. Just in case anyones wondering, I also thoroughly enjoyed 'First Light',the story of a Spitfire pilot, from the other end of the social spectrum and the country... There is some good stuff being produced for this 70th Anniversary celebration. Well done to those responsible!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb actors, wonderful script. 27 Feb 2011
Format:DVD
This film has a great cast: Kevin Whateley, Robson Green and Sir Derek Jacobi. This period World War II era drama is a very entertaining, superbly acted motion picture. The story line is excellent and the setting is interesting. Combined with realistic sets, "Joe Maddison's War" makes for a most enjoyable film that is worth seeing over again. I would recommend this movie to those who are interested in WW II era stories.

Although it is not a war story, strictly speaking, the setting in a small English town in the early years of the war centering around the lives of the local residents dealing with the hardships of war and personal issues makes this picture a rewarding viewing experience.

Highly recommended.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tribute To Tyneside 27 Sep 2010
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This last television play by the late lamented Alan Plater, set in the Second World War, is by way of being a farewell tribute to the ordinary people of the region of England from which he sprang and for which he had an abiding affection. The central figure, Joe Maddison, is a typical Plater character, an honest, decent working man (played by Kevin Whately) who, following his wife's desertion, seeks to make a new life for himself in the Home Guard. He finds fulfilment not only as a 'soldier in waiting' but in first the friendship and then the love of a war widow. Many of the familiar Plater imprints are evident - the down-to-earth characters, the light-hearted exchanges of dialogue, a barely-concealed dislike, even contempt, for organised religion and a belief in people's overall goodness. A special word of praise is due to Robson Green, who plays Joe's rebellious and wisecracking best friend. Although this is not vintage Plater (as is, for example, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells) it is a fitting end to a distinguished and honourable writing career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Maddison's War is Whately's triumph 24 Oct 2011
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Joe Maddison's War gives two of TV's most popular actors, a chance to show the depth of their acting ability. Kevin Whately gives an outstanding performance as the troubled and highly principled Joe Maddison. Robson Green's understated performance is an eye opener. We are used to a certain brashness to the characters which Green has portrayed in the past. This part gives him the opportunity to give a serious and cleverly understated take on the character. The two are backed up by their supporting cast. The setting gives an idea of what life was like after the war. And in the end what friendship and personal standards mean. An excellent story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Maddison's War 20 Dec 2010
By Wratty
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Having watched this film on TV I wanted to have a copy. A very moving film with a great cast
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Maddison's War 2 Nov 2010
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Alan Plater's last work before he died. Set in the North East during WWII. Beautiful, typically Plater, understated and gentle but pithy. Wonderful one-liners. I was sad to have missed it on the tv until someone told me that it had been completely ruined by the adverts. Glad I saw this on dvd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best thing i have watched for years. 1 Oct 2010
By Annie
Format:DVD
I actually watched this on TV just lately and have got to say I laughed and I cried at the same time,

It's the most enjoyable thing I have seen for years, took me back absolutely years.

Back to my roots, I saw Granda, Dad, Uncles, Aunties, there was so much nostalgia there and
the characters, acting and casting were superb. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I will buy the CD for a family member who missed it for her birthday, Im sure she will enjoy it as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Drama.... 26 Aug 2013
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This was so wonderfully acted, Kevin Whately, Robson Green,
(I'm a big fan of both and all they do). The rest of the cast were superb too.
Bringing home the commaradarie and the tragedy of wartime.
I would totally recommend this DVD.
Also it was despatched so quickly, fantastic firm.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars for my wife
first saw this film on the television, excellent acting, and parts were shot at bemish open air museum which we have visited
Published 11 months ago by alan bustin
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed
very well acted and authentic, having lived through that era found it very nostalgic, I am sure I will watch it again
Published 15 months ago by wrinkly
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie
It was a interesting movie and I love Robson Green. It gives you a interesting insight to what the homeguard did during the war.
Published 17 months ago by Ms. Angela Elkington
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
A must see by any one who has even a mild interest in this type of film. you love it, it's a great story and you dont quite expect the ending, keep them coming.
Published 17 months ago by frankie
5.0 out of 5 stars A proper family movie!
This is the sort of film to watch when you need a real good family.

Beautifully filmed and well acted by some of our best loved actors. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Guilleracing
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe maddison's war
Having seen the programme on ITV a while ago, it is a well wriiten story by Alan Plater of wartime Tyneside. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Peter Collinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Yorkshire of the 1940's
Joe Maddison's War, this is a true insight into life in the North East of England by the Shipyards.Every aspect of this
film brings the viewer 'Into' this very traditional... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Eric Frith
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This DVD unfortunatel would not play in Australia. It kept telling us to check the area code. I purchased this specifically as gift for my husband.
Published 19 months ago by phyllis lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars brillll
this is my review on joe maddisons war this tv drama is just brilliant the actors work well together and the script is fantastic as well this periodic drama couldn. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by bobby6
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving recreation of home-front life and action
Joe Maddison's War was broadcast yesterday, as I type, in Australia. I was moved by the personal drama, and very interested in the Home Guard action. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by John Gough
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