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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious historical comedy, 2 Oct. 2004
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L O'connor (richmond, surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rebecca's Daughters [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This film is lossely based around a true incident, the Rebecca Riots of the 1840s, when Welshmen rebelled against the harsh tolls imposed on them, and disguised themselves as women with blackened faces when they went out and burnt the hated toll-gates.
This film makes a dashing young squire the instigator of the riots. He is hopelessly in love with a beautfiul maiden (Joely Richardson) who thinks him a milksop. Little does she know that by night he is the dashing Rebecca who she adores. Does this sound familiar? Yes, it's Zorro, Superman, the Scarlet Pimpernel etc all over again.
The best performance in the film is that of Peter O'Toole, as Joely's Richardson's drunken, dissolute uncle, who carries his cat Rover everywhere with him and is a justice of the peace, much given to sentencing people to transportation for life. The film would be worth buying for the sheer joy of seeing O'Toole dressed up as Queen Elizabeth I for a fancy dress ball, even if there was no other reason to buy it.
However, such is not the case. This is a very funny film with excelletn performances from all the players, and some unbearably dramatic moments among the comedy. One of my favourite scenes is where one of the Welshmen, to avoid being conscripted into the British army, cuts his trigger finger off. When the horrified commanding officer flees the pub where the grizly deeed was done, the man remarks cheerfully "The joke's on him, I'm left-handed!" This film is tremendous fun from beginning to end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really wish this was available in the USA, 11 Oct. 2000
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A damm good film with a really good cast, set in Wales in the late 18th century, a aristocratic Welsh soldier returns to Wales from duties abroad in India, only to find that corrupt gentry are bleeding the population financialy dry with an oppresive toll system, he then raises an army of fellow Welshmen to fight back at the toll owners. Don't worry it's not as boring as it sounds, and works as a comedy on many levels, buy today you won't be disapointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, rude, crude, a must see!, 18 Jan. 2002
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ok, It is quite art-house and chances are it will never be shown on tv more than once in a blue moon, but it is really worth seeing. It is crude but funny with it. It is VERY welsh but also makes fun of them in a good humoured way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca's Daughters - a MUST for DVD surely, 10 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Rebecca's Daughters [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is such a fine film, so entertaining and is definitely worthy of it being seen by many. Another reviewer commented on it being shown once in a blue moon on British television, this is unfortunately true and more like a blue moon covered in pink spots. Please, please, please someone great in the industry make it available on DVD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars please get this out on DVD, 27 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Rebecca's Daughters [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I had an old VHS copy of this, but as Britain digitalises it TVs, I dont have a VHS player any more. I desperately want a copy on DVD. I know where the original Rebecca Riots took place ( yes folks they really did happen, and in very similar circumstances to those shown in the film), and also have a book 'And They Blessed Rebecca' which is based on the official records at the time which although not a comedy, makes fascinating reading ( I also have a spare copy if interested in buying).
This film was shown only once on Channel 4 in the UK, so they must have the rights to show it. If you search FaceBook for Rebeccas Daughters you will see I have started a page there to try and get support for its release on DVD, please join us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh Humour in Welsh History, 26 Jan. 2013
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I love this film! Unfortunately you can't get it on DVD or Bluray. But the film itself is so funny, it encapsulates Welsh humour so well that I have to say that if you want to understand the Welsh you just have to watch it. Set during the "Rebecca Riots" it is a wonderfully observed comic caper with rib-tickling dialogue and marvelous characters, including a scene stealing cross-dressing-Lord in the guise of Peter O'Toole. Simply brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 23 Mar. 2014
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I watched this many times when my children were younger - it was a family watch on a sat eve and everyone enjoyed it. Peter Otoole is great as is the Welsh humour
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