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Comrades 1987


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Comrades 1987 15

181 mins United Kingdom Director. Bill Douglas

Bill Douglas followed his acclaimed 'trilogy' (My Childhood, My Ain Folk, My Way Home) with this epic story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, six Dorset labourers deported to Australia in the 1830s for forming a trade union.

Unfolding in the pastoral haze of Dorset and blinding light of Australia, this beautiful film is rich with carefully layered visual illusions and nuances. With moving, profound performances from a magnificent cast – including Alex Norton, Imelda Staunton, Robin Soans, Philip Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Allen and Barbara Windsor – this is a compelling account of struggle and injustice.

Directed by

Bill Douglas


Imelda Staunton

Barbara Windsor

Vanessa Redgrave

Murray Melvin

Freddie Jones

Michael Hordern

James Fox

Keith Allen

Philip Davis

Robin Soans


Historical drama


Closed Captions Political Pictures


15 Contains moderate violence and sex references




United Kingdom

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