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The Return of the Soldier (1982)

PG | | Drama | 14 February 1985 (USA)
Kitty Baldry (Julie Christie) is a haughty society queen with a tunnelled view of life. Kitty's complacency is rocked when her husband, Captain Chris Baldry (Sir Alan Bates), returns from ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Bridges

Writers:

Rebecca West (novel), Hugh Whitemore
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Christie ... Kitty Baldry
Glenda Jackson ... Margaret Grey
Ann-Margret ... Jenny Baldry
Alan Bates ... Captain Chris Baldry
Ian Holm ... Doctor Anderson
Frank Finlay ... William Grey
Jeremy Kemp ... Frank
Hilary Mason ... Ward
John Sharp ... Pearson
Elizabeth Edmonds ... Emery
Valerie Whittington Valerie Whittington ... Beatrice
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Mrs. Plummer
Amanda Grinling Amanda Grinling ... Alexandra
Edward de Souza ... Edward
Michael Cochrane ... Stephen
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Storyline

Kitty Baldry (Julie Christie) is a haughty society queen with a tunnelled view of life. Kitty's complacency is rocked when her husband, Captain Chris Baldry (Sir Alan Bates), returns from the front during World War I shell-shocked and suffering amnesia, not knowing who she is, and determined for a reunion with Margaret Grey (Glenda Jackson), a working class lover from his past. Kitty employs psychiatrist Dr. Gilbert Anderson (Sir Ian Holm) to help unscramble her husband's feelings for the women in his new disoriented life, including his all-too caring cousin Jenny (Ann-Margret), but ultimately, comes to realize that the man she knew is unreachable, as dead as the past for which he pines. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violent images and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A katona hazatér See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

This was the first movie in the U.K. to be rated by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) with the then-new PG certificate classification. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Liberty Street: Return of the Soldier (1995) See more »

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Top talent working to enliven a stiff...
30 December 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Chilly, alienating adaptation of Rebecca West's book about an Army Captain returning from duty in WWII with his memory impaired (now there's an original idea!). It seems he remembers old flame Glenda Jackson but not current wife Julie Christie, which should be enough to set off some emotional sparks. This extremely well-cast soaper brings together leading man Alan Bates with director Alan Bridges and co-stars Jackson, Christie, Ann-Margret, and Ian Holm, but the burners are all on low. There are a handful of good scenes (particularly whenever Jackson is on-screen), but Bridges' pacing is unrelievedly sluggish and the film's dulled-out color is enervating. Long on the shelf, this "Soldier" is best left forgotten. *1/2 from ****


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