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Goodnight Mister Tom

Released on 31 December 2008

Featuring: John Thaw, Nick Robinson & Annabelle Apsion

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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John Thaw (Inspector Morse) stars as the widowed and cantankerous Tom Oakley in this charming film adaptation of the prize-winning children';s novel by Michelle Magorian.

When the Second World War is declared, Tom finds that his quiet life in the village of Little Weirwold is set to change when nine-year old Willie Beech (Nick Robinson) is evacuated from London and billeted on him. Willie is a quiet sad child with a deprived and disturbing past, but he slowly begins to flourish under the care of 'Mister Tom' and enjoys an idyllic village life.

Gradually a strong bond of friendship develops between the two. Then, quite suddenly, his mother (Annabelle Apsion) summons Willie back to the terrors of Blitz-torn London. Tom is left feeling lonely and wondering if he will ever see his dear friend again.

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 Heart warming family film

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This is one of my favorite books and i was interested how the film would bare up in comparison. I enjoyed the film but like in most cases if you've read the book - it usually is preferred. On saying this, I thought the casting for this film was excellent as they played the characters just as i'd imagined. The setting was so precise of how it would have been during the war. I loved the way John Thaw was with young 'William' so accurate! My only disappointment, of such was, it didn't go into great detail of William and (best friend) Zach's friendship, especially the holiday they went on. Overall i enjoyed the film that's why i have this in my collection, so i would recommend!

 "What the boy needs is Luv ! "...

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...And from within a man eaten up by the death of his wife, angry with the church, even angrier with god, comes a human softness, albeit tempered with a vague attempt at discipline and distancing, which gives a wretched world-war two evacuee what he desperately needs. The two perfect strangers come to realise that they need each other in this cruel world - this point in the film will make even grown men cry ( i have proof ! ).
Hats off to john thaw's acting masterpiece wherein "the sweeney" and subsequent roles are completely forgotten.
Hats off also to the young nick robinson whose portrayal of willie beech, a young boy with a neurotic mother from the midst of war-torn london, is, in my opinion, worthy of a seasoned actor far in advance of his years.
A beautiful film.

 At His Best

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To anyone thinking of watching this film - this is your chance to see John Thaw doing what he does best - "CHARACTER ACTING".
This film is as heartwarming as it is thought provoking!
John Thaw is playing this character with the same innate and consummate skills he applied to all his other characters.
This is another of his 'must watch ' perfomances.
I have added this to my collection and have watched it over and over again,I can think of no better recommendation than that!!!!!!

 tearjerker

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this film is quite hard hitting in several places,set during the war,mr tom,john thaw,takes in a young evacuee,who has been ill treated by a mentally ill mother and both soon form a father/son type bond.a wonderful film and a brilliant performance by all especially john thaw.

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ActorsJohn Thaw, Nick Robinson, Annabelle Apsion, Thomas Orange, William Armstrong, Geoffrey Beevers, Mossie Smith, Peter England, Ivan Berry, Harry Capehorn, Merelina Kendall, Marlene Sidaway, John Cater, Denyse Alexander & Avril Elgar
DirectorJack Gold
CertificatePG
Year1998
ScreenWidescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration1 hour and 41 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.