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The War Bride [DVD] [2001] [2002]


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  • Actors: Anna Friel, Brenda Fricker, Aden Young, Loren Dean, Julie Cox
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odyssey Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ISH1Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,470 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Brenda Fricker, Aden Young, Loren Dean, Julie Cox, Molly Parker With all the men away to war, Lily (Anna Friel - The Land Girls) falls madly in love and marries a handsome Canadian soldier, Charlie Travis (Aden Young - The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course). But Charlie is shipped off to the front and Lily discovers she's expecting his baby, not knowing if she will ever see him alive again. Lily receives instructions from the Canadian Embassy that she is to be shipped across the sea to her new Canadian in-laws. Life for lily is not about to improve, on arriving in Canada she is met by cold-hearted mother-in-law, Betty (Brenda Fricker - Academy Award Winner - My Left Foot) and crippled sister-in-law, Sylvia. Lily finds she has swapped one horrendous existence for another, as she struggles to survive on a dilapidated farm in the bleak Canadian wilderness. Based on a true story and winner of two Genies (Canada's Academy Award), this film is both heartfelt and funny, and will genuinely keep you engrossed till the end. Special Features Cast And Crew Interviews Interactive Menu Trailer

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Marry in haste, repent at leisure, goes the old adage. Certainly, The War Bride sees the chirpy Cockney Lily (Anna Friel) with plenty of time to regret her lot. After a whirlwind romance in wartime Britain she marries her handsome Canadian hunk, Charlie (Aden Young). Finding herself pregnant and alone, Charlie having been sent back to the front, she jumps at the chance of a new life abroad when she receives a one-way ticket to Canada.

Unfortunately Charlie's tales of his family ranch in Alberta are more fanciful than factual and when she gets there her natural ebullience is tested to the limit by a crumbling shack and a frostbite-inducing welcome from his widowed mother (Brenda Fricker, superbly dour) and his crippled sister (Molly Parker). They view her townie ways, her penchant for picture houses and scarlet lipstick, with deep suspicion. The only light in these dark days is derived from visits from her longstanding best friend Sophie (who also married a Canadian, but one with rather more to offer) and a burgeoning friendship with Joe, her sister-in-law's boyfriend.

The film was inspired by the experiences of screenwriter Angela Workman's mother, one of 48,000 war brides who immigrated to Canada during World War II, and it vividly demonstrates that for the unlucky ones the future was far from rosy. The result could have been mawkish but it's saved by fine performances from Friel--who is increasingly showing herself to be an actress of some versatility--and the always splendid Brenda Fricker. --Harriet Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Louise Amkaer on 25 Jun 2008
Format: DVD
With wild life of WW2 London: air raids, cigarets, and parties with servicemen including Canadian soldiers. Lily and her friend both fall in love with two Canadians and get married.

The newly wed husbands go off to war, and the British wives go to Canada to meet the in-laws. Lily's friend has married into a rich family and heartily welcomed, while Lily with her little daughter arrives at a demolition-ready farmhouse with the sour remark, that Charlie's (her husband) pay now goes to her.

"The War Bride" is about Lily's new life, living with Charlie's mother and sister in a place where scarlett red is too bold until Charlie comes home.

"The War Bride" has a very authentic feel to it and I love the way it is told in colours. The vibrant colours of London. The dusty neutral coulours of the farm. Peggy's (Charlie's sweetheart from before the war) pinks. Lily's scarlett red.

This was a pleasant surprise of a movie. There are strong characters, fabulous acting with Anna Friel, Molly Parker and (I forgot the actress, who plays Charlie's mother).

"The War Bride" isn't just a movie worth watching, but worth buying and seeing once in a while.

Oh yes, I also like the way "The War Bride" as a romantic drama, does NOT go over the top. That line is so thin and luckily "The War Bride" stays on the right side.

Louise.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shirley on 6 Jan 2008
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This is excellent. It was very realistically portrayed - and managed to sensitively provide an insight into the characters, and the situations they found themselves in. Anna Friel was excellent as the lead, and was very believable in the way she adapted to the situation she found herself in - once she went to live in the USA. The other two 'love stories' within the film were both very well done - the marriage of Anna Friel's friend to the Jewish soldier and Anna Friel's sister-in-law's 'romance'. This is well worth watching, and would recommend. It's light-hearted, but manages to tackle the seriousness of the situation.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 20 July 2008
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The Sunday times film review called this film Dull. I disagree with them.

It may not be a blokes film but it brought tears to my eyes. Apart from scenes of the blitz there is no war depicted.

Lily goes to Canada with her baby in hopes of making a new life on the ranch.

She is met with resistance and open hatred. In tough cockney style she wins them round and makes a life for herself in difficult circumstances.

This film unfolds and it no doubt a much more realistic version of what most people had to put up with in the war. Strange circumstances hostile reception and little hope.

Her husband comes back shell shocked and they gradually build a new life. If the film teaches you anything it is that time is a great healer.

You finish the film uplifted a full of hope that their life will turn out OK in the end after all the hardship they had to put up with.

It is all about overcoming prejudice and bearing up under the strain. I didn't actually shed a tear but I know my partner would have been using the tissues .A great performance by both Brenda Fricker and Anna Friel who held most of the film

A great little gem of a film.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lancaster Lucy on 12 Mar 2003
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I have just watched this film and i think it is brilliant. It begins with Lily (Anna Friel) meeting Charlie (a Canadian soldier) at a dance. She is swept off her feet and they are soon married.Charlie promises that he will get her away from London and look after her. As Charlie goes back to Europe to fight, Lily gives birth to a girl and soon after receives a letter instructing her to go and live with her Mother and Sister in-law in Canada. Charlie has led her to believe that he lives on a big Canadian ranch. However this is a slight exageration! Without giving to much away she is not made to feel welcome by any of Charlies family or friends, but wins over their friendship by just being kind and human. Just as she wins them over, Charlie returns from the war, a broken man.
The film has a happy ending, but it portrays the emotions of wartime and you feel for every character involved in the film. I cannot recommend it enough.Anna Friel was excellent(as she was in the land girls).
If you love 1940's era films, this is a must.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Isabella Balkert on 17 Feb 2007
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A great plot makes it more than just another war movie. There are strong portraits of young and old people caught up in war, and Anne Friel, who gives a heart breaking, and convincing portrait of a young woman, who has not had much luck in her life, but she conquers all, with her will to improve what ever circumstances she is landed in.

Go for it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bolan Child on 14 April 2010
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I enjoyed this film so much, I love anything to do with the 1940's, but even if you are not as passionate as myself about this era you will so enjoy this film. The main character Anna Friel plays in this film is such a delightful, upbeat young woman even though she has a rough time. Brenda Fricker is brilliant in this also, a top film.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 11 April 2005
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This film could easily have been a bland re-hash of the usual war time experiences, but The War Bride is a charming, warm and moving tale from start to finish.
Solid performances (as usual) from Anna Friel and Brenda Fricker provide genuine interest in the fate of the characters, and the supporting cast are all superb. Add to this a cracking orchestral score and you have one very shrewd piece of cinema.
I defy anyone not be pleasantly surprised this excellent film!
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