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The Land Girls (1998)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 12 June 1998 (USA)
Three young women from very different walks of life join the women's land army during World War II and are sent to work together on a farm in Dorset and the experience changes their lives forever.

Director:

David Leland

Writers:

Angela Huth (novel), Keith Dewhurst | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine McCormack ... Stella
Rachel Weisz ... Ag (Agapanthus)
Anna Friel ... Prue (Prudence)
Steven Mackintosh ... Joe Lawrence
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Mr. John Lawrence
Maureen O'Brien ... Mrs. John Lawrence
Lucy Akhurst ... Janet
Gerald Down Gerald Down ... Ratty, Lawrence Farm Hand
Paul Bettany ... Philip
Nick Mollo Nick Mollo ... Barry Hampton
Michael Mantas Michael Mantas ... Desmond
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Agricultural Officer
Celia Bannerman ... District Commissioner
Ann Bell ... Philip's Mother
Nigel Planer ... Gerald
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Storyline

During World War II, the organisation "The Women's Land Army" recruited women to work on British farms while the men were off to war. Three such "land girls" of different social backgrounds - quiet Stella, young hairdresser Prue, and Cambridge graduate Ag - become best friends in spite of their different backgrounds. Written by Anonymous

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The story of three young women and the events that would change their lives... The friendships that would stay with them forever... and the loves that would change their hearts.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amores en tiempos de guerra See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,921, 14 June 1998

Gross USA:

$238,497

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$238,497
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Reverend Alan Bennett, seen conducting the christening near the end of the film, is the actual Rector of the church where the scene was filmed. See more »

Goofs

When Stella receives a phone call from her fiancé, she tells him that the "pips" are going and that he should insert more money to continue the call. The "pips" did not come in until 1959. Prior to that local calls were unlimited in duration and long distance calls were via the operator, who would announce when your time was up and you needed to insert further coins. See more »

Quotes

Stella: When the war came it changed everybody's lives. I left my cosy job in an office and volunteered for the Women's Land Army. We all had to pull together to help win the war. We had to grow more food or starve. I chose the Lawrence farm to be near my fiancé Philip who was an officer in the Navy
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Soundtracks

The Lambeth Walk
Written by Noel Gay and Arthur Rose
© Cinephone Music Co. Ltd./Richard Armitage Ltd., London
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Subtle, low-key English WWII romance
18 January 2007 | by LouE15See all my reviews

Another very good example of an understated British flick being elevated by a strong cast into something worth notice. In a refreshing take on the WWII drama, the focus is on the ones who stayed behind in the war-torn south of England, like the farmers to feed the impoverished nation; the women to keep the factories running and, as in "The Land Girls", to work the land in place of the absent men.

Stephen Mackintosh, my favourite underrated Brit actor, gives the film's best performance as Joe, the farmer's son who wishes he was anywhere but home, but he's well supported by Catherine McCormack, Rachel Weisz and Anna Friel as the unfeasibly but mercifully smouldering girls of the Women's Land Army. Tom Georgeson brings gruff character as Mr Lawrence, the farmer, and check out an early Paul Bettany appearance.

Thousands of women found a new freedom in work during the War, but they were expected to return to their domestic, invisible lives once the men returned. "The Land Girls" is not cinema verité; and doesn't pretend to tackle the grimness my mother talks of in England in the 40s and 50s. But who cares? – when I want grim I'll watch a documentary; I'll settle back happily any day to watch fine actors in a quiet, 'little' film with gorgeous Dorset scenery (it really is that beautiful, visit if you can) and a tender story.

It will be too slow, too uneventful, for some. Perhaps they'd have preferred a blowsy Hollywood version, where Antonio Banderas plays the farmer's son and Renee Zellwegger the upper crust beauty (hooray for the ghost of a UK film industry). But I found it gentle and charming just as it was; and when the ingredients are so fine to begin with, that's good enough for me. If you like this sort of thing I recommend Powell & Pressburger's magical "Canterbury Tale".


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