Joe Maddison's War

Joe Maddison's War

DVD - 2010
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In England in 1940, shipyard worker Joe Maddison felt depressed and past his prime because he was too old to serve in World War II. Shocked when his wife leaves him for a sailor, Joe and his friend Harry decide they need a new challenge and volunteer to join the Home Guard which is headed by local pharmacist Mr. Simpson. This decision will lead Joe on a journey of self-discovery, involving lessons in friendship, bravery, and love.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : BFS, 2010.
Branch Call Number: DVD JOE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 12, 2017

Kevin Whately at his finest. Humorous portrayal of the Home Guard during WWII and the personal challenges of it's members.

Apr 06, 2016

This is a 2010 television drama directed by Patrick Collerton and written by Alan Plater.
It is about a strained family and social relations in wartime from a viewpoint of Joe Maddison---a shipyard worker and World War I veteran who serves in the Home Guard during the Blitz while his son and son-in-law are enlisted for oversea service.
The events and conversations in the film seem superficial and don't ring my bell at all.
Besides, the performances of the major actors appear mediocre and shallow.

EuSei Mar 12, 2014

I tried to watch this movie, but gave up: I could not understand the accent. Even that wonderful actor, Derek Jacobi, was unintelligible. OK, English is not my mother tongue, but I have had no problem watching old British movies. It seems British actors in the last twenty years prefer much more to sound like Eliza Doolittle instead of thriving to emulate Henry Higgins. What a shame.

Aug 22, 2012

Interesting piece, with lots of thoughtful parts. A bit of a hidden gem.

Sep 05, 2011

This is so good. Another great role for Kevin Whately with Robson Green and Derek Jacobi in supporting roles.
Written by the late Alan Planer who also wrote the Inspector Lewis series {also starring Kevin Whately} and A Very British Coup.
A great evenings entertainment.

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