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Best Ever British Film?

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*Ophelia.taking a break..*

*Ophelia.taking a break..* Report 1 Jul 2008 16:12

Mike Lee films...which reminds me of..

` Abigail`s Party `..Alison Steadman is brilliant..the acting second to none..

yes secrets and Lies...very tense moments..


Julia Report 1 Jul 2008 16:07

I like all those that have been mentioned, and every time Billy Elliot and East is East, are on the telly we watch them again,and again. I was bought up on a diet of war films and cowboys. Love a good film me.
Not enough about, these days, or are on too late to get yer teeth into them.
Julia in Derbyshire

☺Carol in Dulwich☺

☺Carol in Dulwich☺ Report 1 Jul 2008 16:07

All or Nothing.
Taking place over the course of a weekend and set amongst the run-down surroundings of a south London housing estate, the film paints a vivid portrait of the lives of taxi driver Phil, his dysfunctional family and a selection of their neighbours.

Any Mike Lean Film.

☺Carol in Dulwich☺

☺Carol in Dulwich☺ Report 1 Jul 2008 16:06

Vera Drake, Imelda Staunton delivers an acclaimed performance as Vera, who cleans houses but also has a sideline in helping women end their unwanted pregnancies. When the authorities catch up with her, her world begins to crumble.

☺Carol in Dulwich☺

☺Carol in Dulwich☺ Report 1 Jul 2008 16:05

Secrets and Lies has a dramatic plot full of revelations and confessions, as it tells the story of Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a middle-class black woman who, after her adoptive mother’s death, decides to track down her birth mother. She discovers that her parent is Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn), a working-class white mother of a stroppy teenager (Claire Rushbrook). The film follows the developing relationship between these two very different women, and the frictions of the other family members, including her well-meaning brother (Timothy Spall).

*Ophelia.taking a break..*

*Ophelia.taking a break..* Report 1 Jul 2008 15:46

~~~my all time favourite Brit Flik..easy peasy!

...cult classic.. `Withnail & I ` (Richard E Grant)

So funny a film!


pablo1513 Report 1 Jul 2008 15:40

The Long Good Friday
Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
My Left Foot
633 Squadron
Zulu Dawn

Dont watch many films Enjoy reading lets you use your imagination. Love to get lost in a good book.



Lee Report 1 Jul 2008 05:57

For me the best British film ever was
" Ice cold in Alex",
as it shows true Brit grit and determination.
Also best actor's were'
Sir John Geilgood. Sir lawrence Olivier, Sir John Mills, Jack Hawkins, Oliver Reed, Dame Judy Dench, Thora Herd, Hattie Jaques.


JaneyCanuck Report 1 Jul 2008 04:15

Another one! The Great Escape was actually about Canadians, you know. ;) But you know, I've never seen it.


The film was based upon Paul Brickhill's book The Great Escape, which was a personal account of his time in the camp. Flight Lt Wally Floody, a Canadian mining engineer and wartime Spitfire pilot, who was the real life 'tunnel king', was employed as a consultant.

... Why The Great Escape isn't Great

The film portrays the Great Escape as a predominantly Anglo-American effort, and ignores the brave men of other nationalities who were involved in the planning and the actual escape. In the real Great Escape, the list of those who escaped includes a sizeable contingent of Canadians, as well as New Zealanders, South Africans, Frenchmen, Norwegians, Rhodesians (now Zimbabwe), Czechs, a Belgian, a Dutchman, a Lithuanian, and a Greek. The Great Escape was a far more cosmopolitan endeavour than it appears on film.

A token effort is made in this direction. The sizeable Polish contingent who were captured while flying for the British Royal Air Force are represented by Charles Bronson's Danny Willinski, and James Coburn tries to represent the British Commonwealth/British Empire airman, though his attempt at an Australian accent is widely regarded as ranking alongside Dick van Dyke's attempt at Cockney in Mary Poppins in the annals of cinematic accent atrocities, dialect disasters, and cadence catastrophes.

The role of the American characters in the film is much exaggerated - indeed, they had all been moved to another compound by the time of the escape and absolutely no Americans were involved in the actual breakout. The image of the dynamic Americans helping out the rather more pedestrian British is perhaps a reflection of American perceptions of their role during the Second World War, though a more charitable interpretation is that commercial necessity dictated a more prominent role for Americans. Whatever the reason, the extensive use of creative licence to boost the role of America and Americans in films 'based' upon true stories or events is nothing new.

sunshine smile

sunshine smile Report 1 Jul 2008 04:03

For me's got to be...the great escape with steve maqueen in...and more up to date..the coloure purple with whoopy goldburg in...two brilliant other faverate is shoreshank redenmpsion

three of the most watchable films.


Mick from the Bush

Mick from the Bush Report 1 Jul 2008 03:19

The Life of Brian.


tweedledee Report 1 Jul 2008 03:06

Ooooooh yes....Ryan's Daughter. That was a goody.


Red Report 30 Jun 2008 23:03

The Four Feathers the first and second was the best


Mauatthecoast Report 30 Jun 2008 22:42

Lots to choose from........

David Lean films
Lawrence of Arabia
Ryan's daughter
Bridge on the River Kwai

also love the film Man for all Seasons...
and musicals..Oliver, My Fair Lady

Monty Python very funny and Peter Sellers movies



tweedledee Report 30 Jun 2008 22:39

Without a doubt for me it was 'Madonna of the Seven Moons' Don't suppose you lot have ever even heard of it, you're too young. Stewart Granger and ?
Cried me eyes out every time I saw it I did.
Oooooooooooooooooh it was luvly

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 30 Jun 2008 22:29

Difficult to choose, but, for now ...Goodbye, Mr Chips, Kind Hearts and Coronets, In Which We Serve, The Importance of being Ernest, Brief Encounter, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago, A Fish called Wanda.

Cumbrian Caz~**~

Cumbrian Caz~**~ Report 30 Jun 2008 22:16

hiya Lesley, just off,

My favs are Ryans daughter, Whistle down the wind,anything with Ralph Bates ,Infact all 1960s and 70s Brit films!!

Caz xx


ginqueen Report 30 Jun 2008 22:14

It has to be The Italian Job (the original obviously) - I have a little green mini called Myrtle and I love her to pieces :)


AnninGlos Report 30 Jun 2008 22:13

how about Alfie?


Anne Report 30 Jun 2008 22:11

I enjoyed Gosford Park plus all the old Ealing comedys