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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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Ellis Cole
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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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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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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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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)  »

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Their Finest Hour  »

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Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$3,595,841 (USA) (16 June 2017)
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2.35 : 1
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The character Catrin Cole is based upon the Welsh screenwriter and playwright Diana Morgan who worked at Ealing Studios throughout the 1940s. Though much of Morgan's screenwriting was uncredited during that era, she was recognised for her work on the highly regarded propaganda film Went the Day Well? (1942). See more »

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A CCTV camera is clearly visible in a scene where the main character is running down a London street. That scene is used as a still for the trailer. See more »

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Phyl Moore: He is an actor. Unless you have reviewed him, had intercourse with him, or done both simultaneously, he won't remember you.
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References The Four Feathers (1939) See more »

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In the Bleak Midwinter
Written by Gustav Holst
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Everything you were expecting ... except it isn't
16 April 2017 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Everything you were expecting ... except it isn't. Their Finest is very coherent, with simple yet relatable and sympathetic characters, the story moves forward as a reaction of the universe and is not necessarily character-driven, with conflict usually being originated from authority figures such as the producers/the studio. Their Finest not only uses the war to drive the plot forward and smartly show how it constantly affects the characters, but also makes a statement on how studios and producers control the creative process to win the audience's approval and give a positive image of the allies. The humor of the film is simple and sometimes silly in a way that it does not always add anything to the story. That being said, the simplicity of it does add a nice layer of happiness to a story that is not meant to be over-dramatic, and Bill Nighy's performance and character nails in the comedic aspect. Overall, Their Finest is an above-average romantic film. It is not groundbreaking and might feel like many films we've seen before, but will please the audience with a romantic story and a very well thought conclusion that gives a bittersweet aftertaste.


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