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Wish You Were Here (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 24 July 1987 (USA)
In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age.... See full summary »

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David Leland

Writer:

David Leland
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trudi Cavanagh Trudi Cavanagh ... Tap Dancing Lady
Emily Lloyd ... Lynda
Clare Clifford Clare Clifford ... Mrs Parfitt
Barbara Durkin ... Valerie
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... Hubert
Charlotte Barker Charlotte Barker ... Gillian
Tom Bell ... Eric
Chloe Leland Chloe Leland ... Margaret
Charlotte Ball Charlotte Ball ... Lynda (aged 11)
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Aunt Millie
Abigail Leland Abigail Leland ... Margaret (aged 7)
Susan Valentine ... Lynda's Mother (as Susan Skipper)
Geoffrey Durham Geoffrey Durham ... Harry Figgis
Sheila Kelley Sheila Kelley ... Joan Figgis
Neville Smith Neville Smith ... Cinema Manager
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Storyline

In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age. At sixteen, she becomes more exhibitionist and seeks out sexual encounters challenging the prevailing lower-middle class attitudes to sex. She eventually becomes pregnant by an acquaintance of her father. Written by Will Gilbert

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Some people march to the beat of a different drummer. Lynda's got her own brass band.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wish You Were Here! See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,611, 26 July 1987

Gross USA:

$3,283,832

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,283,832
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the English singer, comedian and movie star that Lynda Mansell (Emily Lloyd)'s father Hubert Mansell (Geoffrey Hutchings) used to once style the hair of was Gracie Fields. See more »

Quotes

[Lynda and Eric are having an argument]
Lynda Mansell: Lynda up the duff - what odds do you put on that, eh, Mr Clever Dick, eh? That's shut his gob. That's put a crease in his brand-new suit.
Eric: I don't believe you. You're joking. How? How d'you know?
Lynda Mansell: You're the one that should know. You put it up me, Mr Bareback Rider! You knew when you were gonna spunk! How the hell was I supposed to know?
Eric: No, you soft cow! I mean, how do you know? Are you sure?
Lynda Mansell: You're the one with eyes. Look! Can't you see?
[...]
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Soundtracks

The Hokey Cokey
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmy Kennedy
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Loved This Movie - Quite Different, Funny, Poignant Story
19 January 2014 | by softpaw64See all my reviews

I watched half last night and couldn't wait to finish it today. Emily Lloyd was absolutely phenomenal and I want to get more movies with her in it. All of the actors were excellent, from her aunt, to the Dad, to his friend.

Lynda was quite a character in this movie and you can understand why some kids act out like they do. I can relate to Lynda and make sense of some of the things I did as a kid after watching this. It was often hilarious and sometimes painful to watch. The acting is so incredible, you really could feel the emotion. And you feel for the father who can't control her, no matter what he tries to do.

British films are always so different from the norm. I love their artistic approach where everything is not spelled out for you and you have to make some inferences on your own. As such, every person's perspective is a little bit different. And the situations are always such real, every day type of situations from which they can spin a great story. I highly recommend this film.

It is not for children as there are many adult situations. Although I'm usually pretty loose with an R rating, I won't allow my tween children to watch this. Frankly, I don't think that kids would necessarily enjoy it anyway - as it's more of an adult drama with some funny and awkward moments.


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