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Time Out says

Douglas' epic and very British film about the Tolpuddle Martyrs - 1830s Dorset farm labourers who formed a union to protest against subsistence wages, only to be deported to Australia - employs a minimum of fussy historical detail to offer a didactic but never dogmatic film of wide-ranging relevance. Politically, it foreshadows modern labour disputes; aesthetically, as 'a lanternist's account', the film is an investigation of different, pre-cinematic modes of story-telling. Fuelling the whole is a deeply humane concern for suffering, coupled with a righteous anger directed against hypocrisy and inequality. Equally importantly, however, it works as often humorous, always intelligently moving spectacle, immaculately performed, structured and shot.
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Release Details

  • Duration:183 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Bill Douglas
  • Screenwriter:Bill Douglas
  • Cast:
    • Freddie Jones
    • William Gaminara
    • Michael Hordern
    • Robert Stephens
    • Vanessa Redgrave
    • Robin Soans
    • Alex Norton
    • Philip Davis
    • Imelda Staunton
    • James Fox
    • Barbara Windsor
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