Last Of The Blonde Bombshells
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|Contributor||Gillies MacKinnon, Olympia Dukakis, Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Leslie Caron|
|Runtime||1 hour and 23 minutes|
From the producers of "Notting Hill" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral" an all-star cast including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian Holm, Olympia Dukakis Leslie Caron and Dame Cleo Laine return to the stage for one more night of music and glory in this hilarious comedy. One has lost her marbles, another is dead. A third is in prison, a fourth the worse for liquor. A fifth has sworn off the devil's music and the sixth -Elizabeth - is daydreaming about reforming the band. As a teenager in war years, Elizabeth was a sax player with the Blonde Bombshells, until a scandal blew the band apart. But now, some five decades later, encouraged by Patrick, an old rogue from her youth and no less of a rogue today, she sets off in search with a dream of recreating their former glories. Time may be her greatest enemy, but when it comes up against Elizabeth, time hasn't got a chance.
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.4 x 13.5 x 17 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : VVE2026
- Director : Gillies MacKinnon
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 1 hour and 23 minutes
- Release date : 1 April 2020
- Actors : Olympia Dukakis, Leslie Caron, Judi Dench, Ian Holm
- Studio : ViaVision
- ASIN : B084B7JDVY
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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It features Carry On actress Joan Sims in her final acting performance before her death in 2001, and Romola Garai in her first professional role.
The film was a joint project of BBC Films and HBO. It premiered in the US on 26 August and in the UK on 3 September.
After her husband's death, Elizabeth decides to return to her musical roots and begins busking with young guitarist Paul in a plaza overlooking a London ice rink, much to the dismay of her daughter Patricia and son Edward. One day she is spotted by Patrick, who attempted to avoid enlistment during World War II by dressing as a woman and playing drums with the Blonde Bombshells, a supposedly all-female band with which Elizabeth performed when she was only fifteen years old.
The two reminisce, prompting them to begin searching for other band members for a reunion concert at a school dance organized by Elizabeth's granddaughter Joanna. At first they have little success - one has died, another is suffering from dementia, a third is serving time - but eventually they locate piano player Betty working in a seaside saloon, singer Gwen performing in a nightclub, trombonist Annie dedicated to the Salvation Army, and trumpeter Dinah, an alcoholic living in a secluded manor in Scotland.
Early rehearsals prove to be disastrous, but encouraged by Joanna and determined to shine in the limelight one more time, the group steadily improves. On the night of the dance, they are joined by double bass player Madeleine, who had left the band to join the French Resistance and finally was tracked down by Joanna. Embraced by the younger generation, they relive their former glory.
The present-day story is interspersed with flashbacks to the band in its wartime heyday that capture the music and atmosphere of the period.
The attempted reunion of a Ladies Swing band who last played during WWII is more or less successful when they gather enough of the former members for one last gig.
The familiar faces of the cast alongside the lovely serene Judy Dench make this a classic quiet British comedy. Good script with some very sutting and witty lines from Judy Dench, delivered as though she was ad-libbing!
For a wet night indoors curled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate