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Goodnight Mister Tom [DVD] [1998]

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  • Actors: John Thaw, Nick Robinson, Annabelle Apsion, Thomas Orange, William Armstrong
  • Directors: Jack Gold
  • Writers: Brian Finch, Michelle Magorian
  • Producers: Chris Burt, Lewis Rudd, Ray Frift, Ted Childs
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • 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: 11 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (881 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYY4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Thaw stars as Tom Oakley in the award-winning family drama Goodnight Mister Tom. The DVD is based on the novel by Michelle Magorian and explores the life-long bond which develops between its two lead characters--an illiterate 10 year-old orphan from London (Willie), and a grumpy, cynical old widow who lives alone in the English countryside (Tom). After Willie is forced to seek refuge at Tom’s house in anticipation of the WWII German bombings of London, the story follows the trials and tribulations of the enduring relationship which eventually forms between them. The 101-minute DVD is in DVD 5 format and also features biographies.

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Set in a small English town at the start of WWII, Goodnight Mister Tom is based on Michelle Magorian's novel about a cantankerous WWI veteran named Tom Oakley (John Thaw), who, against his will, is paired with a London orphan named Willie Beech. The story is based around the relationship which develops between Tom and Willie, who is sent to him after the children of London were evacuated in preparation for the expected German bombings. After initially receiving a cold and hostile reception from Tom, Willie--an illiterate, shy child who has endured a horrific childhood--soon brings out his caring paternal side, which had sadly disappeared many years earlier. The enduring bond and friendship that the two characters share will change both of their lives forever.

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This is a "Must See" TV film.

I have not read the book but will after reading the other reviews.

This is a very heartwrenching. sensitive, touching waretime film about an boy evacuated from London to stay with a widowed man in the country and how he gradually settles in to life there. He terrified to be suddenly summoned back to his Mum in London and Mr Tom searches for him when he gets no news from him. There is a close friendship between William and another boy in the village.

The transformation of Mr Tom and William during the story is wonderful.

Do please watch out for the expression on Mr Tom's face when William learns to ride his friend's bike. Superb acting. It's a real tearjerker and I get a lump in my throat every time....wonderful
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My primary school teacher read this book to me and my class when I was 10 (I'm in my late 20's now) and was bought the book soon after. I still read the book every now and again and have watched the film everytime it has come on to the TV. The book is a bit battered, but will always stay in my collection as will this DVD.

The story line follows the book as best it can and it doesn't disappoint. Couldn't have had a better actor to play the role of Mr Tom.

Very good book & Film.
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By A Customer on 7 May 2000
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Usually when I have read a book, the dramatisation disappoints me. With 'Goodnight Mister Tom', this was not so. With occassional artistic licence, this production remained completely true to Michelle Magorian's classic. John Thaw gave the kind of performance we have come to expect from him, but the real star was Nick Robinson, who gave a wonderful performance as William Beech. This was an exceptional piece of dramatisation, and I doubt that we will see its kind again for many years.
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The transfer from dvd to bluray is a sharper and brighter picture quality. a very good programme from a classic actor John Thaw
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Goodnight Mister Tom is Brilliant.
In school we read the book,then for Christmas I got the DVD. At school we watched the film(when we had finished the book).
In the film /book A boy called Willie(Wiliam)is evacuated to the contry and Willie stays with Mister Tom. At the begining Mister Tom didn't want Willie and at the end Willie is adopted to Mister Tom. The book/film shows lots of emotions (some people cry).
Some of it is sad eg:When Willie gets locked up in the understairs cupboard.
Willie's Mum is really nasty.
There are some really gorss bits like when Willie's hair had been shaved off and you could see lots of scars(the scars are make-up). There is a gross bit were the camera zooms onto Willie's back and you could see the scars on his back and Willie turns round and Mister Tom see's the scars.When Willie does that Mister Tom lookes worried.
There are other good bits. I am not going to tell you any more because I dont want to spoil it for you.
Hope you find my review useful.
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By Wilz VINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2005
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For someone as famous and probably type cast as John Thaw, this must have seemed to him to be a real gamble. Yet,despite an overdose of Morse, Kavanagh etc., his depiction of the leading character in this masterpiece was fresh, realistic and sufficiently emotional to make the whole story ring true. With the excellent support of some young actors this should not be missed. If you haven't seen it, get it now - I can't believe that there is anyone on earth who would fail to be moved and to enjoy this film.
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THE STORY OF A YOUNG EVACUEE WHO IS BILLETED WITH A GROUCHY OLD MAN. WONDERFULLY ACTED BY THE SUPERB JOHN THAW AS MR TOM AND NICK ROBINSON AS YOUNG WILLIE BEECH. THE GROWING LOVE BETWEEN THE TWO IS PALPABLE. THIS FILM GIVES YOU LAUGHTER AND TEARS, BEFORE THE CONCLUSION. I HAVE WATCHED IT SEVERAL TIMES AND I LOVE IT, YOU WILL TOO.
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i found this film realy so near to the events of that era,i seemed to be part of it,so very well acted by all,john thaw apart an actor i have always admired and like,but acted with utter conviction by all,almost unfair to pick certain persons so i say with a little sentalmentality to see how the chidren knew just ordinary pleasures like learning to ride a bike ect was not only a jog down memory lane but also educational as to how life was in them times,also the music,scenery,and the shots of the old transport-everything about this dvd i not only will watch again and also reccommend as a good old fashsion tear jurker.THANKYOU.DAVID.
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