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Their Finest (2016)

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A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.

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Raymond Parfitt
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Phyl Moore
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Roger Swain
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Gabriel Baker
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Carl Lundbeck
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Secretary of War
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Sammy Smith
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Wyndham Best
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Doris Cleavely
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Angela Ralli-Thomas
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Storyline

During the London Blitz of World War II, Catrin Cole is recruited by the British Ministry of Information to write scripts for propaganda films that the public will actually watch without scoffing. In the line of her new duties, Cole investigates the story of two young women who supposedly piloted a boat in the Dunkirk Evacuation. Although it proved a complete misapprehension, the story becomes the basis for a fictional film with some possible appeal. As Cole labors to write the script with her new colleagues such as Tom Buckley, veteran actor Ambrose Hilliard must accept that his days as a leading man are over as he joins the project. Together, this disparate trio must struggle against such complications such as sexism against Cole, jealous relatives, and political interference in their artistic decisions even as London endures the bombs of the enemy. In the face of those challenges, they share a hope to contribute something meaningful in this time of war and in their own lives. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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In the fight for freedom everyone played a part See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for some language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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7 April 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Their Finest Hour  »

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Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$76,197 (USA) (7 April 2017)

Gross:

$3,595,841 (USA) (16 June 2017)
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The film was partially filmed at Pinewood Studios, which not only served as a studio facility, but also for location shooting, as parts of the film are set at Pinewood itself. See more »

Goofs

1930s/40s Technicolor cameras needed ridiculously large amounts of artificial light in order to get a good result (hence why most early three colour technicolor films were studio bound). Yet nowhere during the location shoots of this film do we see the huge arc lamps needed for Technicolor filming.. See more »

Quotes

Catrin Cole: Anything else?
Tom Buckley: Since you're so keen to flex your femininity, you can tidy up!
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Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: Dunkirk (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Sails in the Sunset
Music Written by Will Grosz (as Hugh Williams)
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Performed by Charlie Kunz, His Piano & The Casani Club Orchestra
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Not quite what I expected
21 April 2017 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is a story of the scriptwriters who produced movies during World War 2 to show to the British public, so, as other reviewers have said, it is a film within a film. However, I did not find the overall experience very satisfying. The acting is fine by many of the players, although there was a tendency to caricature which I found unnecessary. I should emphasize that there are some highlights too, including the rescue, and a scene in a cinema, both towards the end of the film. Very good! Overall though, I felt that the continuity of the story lines did not work all that clearly, and, in particular, there are a few "surprises" in the script which I felt were a negative to the flow of the plot. It seems odd to say (given that there are two film scripts within the story) that I think the script writing needed more work.


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