• Cliff

    ★★★ Watched by Cliff 28 Aug, 2014

    Clipped consonants from the adults and gorblimeying from the children make this 1942 wartime classic inherently amusing, though - despite coming from Ealing Studios - this is not a comedy. It is a rather lively romp, however, as the jolly on-screen narrator who introduces the story will lead you to expect. It's about the fictitious Nazi invasion of a sleepy English village, the Germans cunningly disguised as a British squadron on manoeuvres. It only takes about 30 minutes of running…

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  • trolleyfreak

    ★★★★★ Added by trolleyfreak

    Alongside Hamer's It Always Rains On Sunday, this wartime thriller based on a Graham Greene short story has to be one of the very best non-comedy films Ealing ever made. Brazilian-born Cavalcanti is in the director's chair to give an outsider's view of how an idyllic English village pulls together to repel an invading troop of German soldiers. Surprisingly tough and unsentimental, this gripping drama is a must-see..

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  • Samuel Scott

    ★★★½ Watched by Samuel Scott 17 May, 2014 3

    British semi-propaganda film with a good cast (early role for Thora Hird) and a solid enough story. The dialogue is a little clunky at times, but overall a recommended viewing.

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  • Adam Redman

    ★★★★★ Watched by Adam Redman 17 May, 2014

    Audacious and perceptive semi-propaganda piece, full of intimate detail and unflinching violence. An air of triumphant defiance permeates the entire thing. Quite excellent.

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  • Scott Reynolds

    ★★★★★ Watched by Scott Reynolds 13 May, 2014

    What a thrilling movie. A small English town is taken over by Nazis with the help of a dirty fifth columnist in their midst. Ordinary people do amazing, brave acts to save their little town and their country. It's right up there with Red Dawn and Army of Shadows. Even more amazing when you realize that Grahame Greene wrote this movie in 1942, and they shot it when Hitler was menacing the whole world. One of the best wartime propaganda movies you'll ever see.

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  • adelaideblair

    ★★★★½ Watched by adelaideblair 16 Apr, 2014

    Watched this on a whim without having any idea of how good it was. This is what the phrase "forgotten gem" was made for. (Nazis invade a small British town.)

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  • Edwin Davies

    ★★★★ Watched by Edwin Davies 12 Apr, 2014

    In telling a story of Nazi paratroopers taking over a small English town, and the efforts of the town people to fight back, Went The Day Well? occupies an interesting middle ground between propaganda and entertainment. It's a lot rougher and more violent than you'd expect from a film of the time, yet a lot more graceful than wartime propaganda should be.

    The film is at its best when the dealing with the small, personal conflict within the town, especially…

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  • ander

    ★★★ Watched by ander 10 Apr, 2014

    Surprisingly brutal war thriller, all to show the ends to which every patriot must go in wartime. Propagandistic no doubt, but the unflinching violence and strong ensemble and constantly shifting hierarchy of information make it a hearty potboiler even in the shoddier moments.

    Such an odd framing device too: made in 1942 and largely set there, but it happens within a frame story of a man telling the tale of Bramley End after the war in an unspecified year who…

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  • Bob Hovey

    ★★★½ Watched by Bob Hovey 10 Apr, 2014

    Unusual 1942 British propaganda film about a German pre-invasion force taking over a small English village to set up communications jamming equipment. The story is tense and intriguing, almost Hitchcokian in the way the details unfold (and some of the music cues even have a bit of a Bernard Hermann feel in places). It's also nicely photographed, a beautiful vignette of rural life in the English countryside. It's not a very well-known film, but well worth tracking down.

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  • Larry Steele

    ★★★½ Watched by Larry Steele 10 Apr, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • lemonski

    ★★ Watched by lemonski 08 Apr, 2014

    Went the Day Well is a completely preposterous and rather mundane propaganda film. It does have a few surprisingly gruesome moments, but not enough to save it from failure.

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  • Mike D'Angelo

    ★★★ Watched by Mike D'Angelo 27 Mar, 2014

    54/100

    A queer little duck, as its characters might put it—undistinguished both dramatically and formally, but endlessly fascinating as an alternate-history of WWII produced when the war's outcome was still very much in doubt. It's as if Tarantino had made Inglourious Basterds in 1942, had that film been otherwise kinda blah. Surprisingly brutal at times (albeit in the bloodless way typical of the era), with a rich sense of character; it is propaganda, though, and the necessary jingoism keeps getting…

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