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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 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WOLFDC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,588 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Wells on 27 Feb. 2011
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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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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Philip on 21 Sept. 2010
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Castle on 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Nelson on 27 Sept. 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 By Annie on 1 Oct. 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. A. Mills on 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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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 North. Kevin Whately is able with his true Northern knowlege to bring
to life the character of Joe Maddison,as do all the cast in this story. As a ninety year old ex Service man who was staioned
for several years at RAF Bases there I saw this very raw life style.

And what also makes any story of the period ring true is the authentic settings and Costumes all of which in this film are as
neasr perfect as is posible. This is a production of which all those involved should be very proud.
Eric Frith . Malta.
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Great film, a realistic depiction of what life must have been like in N E England during WWII. Kevin Whately and Robson Green are well cast as shipyard workers who get involved with the Home Guard. One minor irritation is Kevin Whately appearing with his medal ribbons the wrong way around, and a couple of times his medal ribbons missing altogether in a follow-through scene. Obviously ITV were not paying enough to the film's continuity girl!!
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