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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The age of actress Emily Lloyd when she appeared in this movie was about sixteen years old. See more »

Quotes

Lynda Mansell: Up your bum!
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Soundtracks

Cornish Rhapsody
(uncredited)
from Love Story (1944)
Music by Hubert Bath
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silly behaviour leads to predictable outcomes
2 May 2015 | by eumenadesSee all my reviews

Like most of the above reviewers say, this movie is a good film for a laugh and plenty of outrageous behaviour from the protagonist, Lynda. A terrific reproduction of 50s Britain - right down to the dressing gown patterns and minor consumer products. But what is it she really wants and what does she learn from her foolish behaviour? 'Nothing' seems to be the answer. And this 'nothing' seems to be the major theme. It is a film about folly.

In many ways Lynda's path is boringly predictable: She has no understanding of the man who manipulates her, nor of the future consequences of her rudeness and impulsive behaviour. One wonders what amount of social realism is represented here for an unmarried mother of the period. Poorly paid jobs, lack of support, a low income to further disable somebody with little patience and understanding of the situation she has largely created for herself. A fun attitude, temporary prettiness and her fast-disappearing youth will not go that far.


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