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With the urgings of grand-daughter Joan Findlay and drummer Patrick Holm —who played in drag—Elizabeth is encouraged to reunite the bandmembers.
- Judi Dench stars as a widow who tries to reassemble the all-girl swing band in which she played during WWII.
- A genuine feelgood film.
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Filled with a sense of nostalgia and laced with period tunes, pic stars the always feisty Judi Dench as a widow looking back on her wartime youth in an all-girl swing band. After her husband dies, Elizabeth Dench ponders her life anew, and comes to believe that her happiest days were during the uncertainties of WWII, when she played saxophone with the Blonde Bombshells.
To the horror of her grown children, she unpacks her sax and teams up with a street performer in a London plaza. At the urging of granddaughter Joanna a precocious Millie Findlay , Elizabeth decides to reunite the band, and she and Patrick seek out the still-living musicians, whose fates have been diverse since the war.
Bringing them together is not an easy task. As they seek out the others one by one, Elizabeth and Patrick engage in an ongoing, and refreshingly adolescent, flirtation. But taken together, these niceties wind up as members of the bland. And so, here we are again. President Donald Trump made a rare Sunday morning address to the nation shortly after 9 a. The major broadcast networks broke into regular [ Hammond reprised his infamous take on [ You will be redirected back to your article in seconds.
But despite delightful performances from a star-studded cast, the film's thoroughly predictable storyline and low-key charm are ultimately more a sedative than a tonic.
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I can not give a film a higher rating that this one. It is a must to own. Wonderful film! How could you go wrong with a cast like that. I bought this movie as it has been one I had hired and absolutely loved it. There is something in it for everyone. It is funny and the cast are is made up of the best actors of our time. I also like to lend my dvd's to friends and clients and this is one that will be viewed by a lot of them.
However, this is not your usual love affair. Elizabeth and Patrick have one passion: music. In the interest of nostalgia, and returning to music, the two decide to reunite the band one last time. Zany and poignant hijinks ensue. Additional Product Features Leading Role.
One of Dame Judi's best? Own It! Watch it! At first, they have little success — one has died, another is suffering from dementia. A third, Evelyn, is serving time, while trombonist Annie Whitfield is dedicated to the Salvation Army and refuses to play "the devil's music". Elizabeth and Patrick eventually locate piano player and band leader Betty Sims working in a seaside saloon; she has kept all the band's old costumes, as well as Patrick's drums.
The group post bail for Evelyn and convince Annie to play in exchange for a sizable charitable donation. Singer Gwen Laine , performing in a nightclub in Wolverhampton, agrees to sing, although she refuses to rehearse with the group. Evelyn learns that trumpeter Dinah Dukakis has become an alcoholic living in a secluded manor in Scotland, who agrees to play after Elizabeth and Patrick pay her a melodramatic visit.
While in Scotland, Elizabeth learns that the roses painted on Patrick's drum kit indicate how many of the Blond Bombshells he managed to sleep with during the War — he managed to bed all of them, except Elizabeth, who was shielded from Patrick's affections by Betty.
Early rehearsals prove to be disastrous, but encouraged by Joanna, and determined to shine in the limelight one more time, the group steadily improves. On the night of the dance, they are unexpectedly joined by double bass player Madeleine Caron , who had left the band to join the French Resistance and finally was tracked down by Joanna.
Gwen arrives just in time, and the Blond Bombshells bring down the house. Gwen notices that Patrick's drum kit is adorned with an additional rose; Elizabeth confirms they have consummated their relationship.
As the Bombshells play on, Elizabeth narrates what the bandmates got up to following their successful concert. The present-day story is interspersed with flashbacks to the band in its wartime heyday that capture the music and atmosphere of the period. Steven Oxman of Variety observed that "despite delightful performances from a star-studded cast, the film's thoroughly predictable storyline and low-key charm are ultimately more a sedative than a tonic".
He added, "Alan Plater's screenplay is pretty thin The soundtrack's nice, Richard Greatrex's cinematography is nice, and the acting is quite nice.
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Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters. After Elizabeth's husband dies, she begins to play her tenor saxophone again, and remembers when she was fifteen and a member of the Blonde Bombshells, an all-girl with one exception swing band. Accompanied by the exception and urged on by her granddaughter, Elizabeth hunts up all the old members of the band and urges them to perform, and in doing so, learns more than she knew about the band, its members, the roses on the drum set, and herself, the last of the Blonde Bombshells.
Written by Kathy Li. Fans of Steel Magnolias should give this one a look. All the casting is just about perfect, and the story moves forward without a single dull moment or false note. And, by the way, the jazz and swing music that forms the backbone of the story is terrific -- expecially the finale with Cleo Laine cutting loose as only she can. Start your free trial.
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Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions. Rate This. A woman tries to reunite the swing band she played with during World War II. Director: Gillies MacKinnon. Writer: Alan Plater. Added to Watchlist. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Won 1 Golden Globe. Learn more More Like This. Drama History. Send Me No Flowers Comedy Drama Romance. The Chaperone Dave Comedy Romance. Tales of the City Drama Mystery Romance.
Sweet Home Alabama Jane Fonda in Five Acts Drama Romance. Tea with the Dames Murder, She Wrote — Crime Drama Mystery. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Judi Dench Elizabeth Ian Holm Patrick Leslie Caron Madeleine Olympia Dukakis Dinah Cleo Laine Gwen Joan Sims Betty Billie Whitelaw Evelyn June Whitfield Annie Thelma Ruby Vera Millie Findlay Joanna Felicity Dean Patricia Nicholas Palliser Edward as Nicholas Pallister Valentine Pelka Leslie Carla MacKinnon Carol Dom Chapman Edit Storyline After Elizabeth's husband dies, she begins to play her tenor saxophone again, and remembers when she was fifteen and a member of the Blonde Bombshells, an all-girl with one exception swing band.
Taglines: It's never too late for an encore. Language: English French. Runtime: 83 min. Sound Mix: Dolby Digital. Color: Color. Edit Did You Know? Trivia Last movie of Joan Sims Betty. Goofs When the girls are walking across the rubble after the bombings we see one of the girls in a red coat wearing trainers. Quotes [ At the crematorium, according to the late George's wishes the song 'Magic Moments' is played ] Patricia : Are you alright? Elizabeth : As well as can be expected.
Patricia : If you want to cry, go ahead. Elizabeth : I just hate this fucking tune. Add the first question. User Reviews A great sentimental but not too weepy ensemble piece, with great music to boot 16 December by bneyman — See all my reviews. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report this. Edit page. Clear your history.