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I Know Where I'm Going (1947)

I Know Where I'm Going (1947)

I Know Where I'm Going




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Michael Powell's I Know Where I'm Going! stars Wendy Hiller as Joan Webster, a strong-willed young woman of the opinion that money can indeed buy happiness. En route to her wedding to an elderly millionaire, Joan finds herself stranded in a Scottish coastal town for a week, where she soon falls for Torquil MacNeil (Roger Livesey), a simple naval officer.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
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On DVD: Jan 27, 2001


Wendy Hiller
as Joan Webster
Roger Livesey
as Torquil MacNeil
Pamela Brown
as Catriona
Finlay Currie
as Ruairidh Mhór
Nancy Price
as Mrs. Crozier
John Laurie
as John Campbell
George Carney
as Mr. Webster
Norman Shelley
as Sir Robert Bellinger
Capt. Duncan MacKech...
as Captain of "Lochinv...
Capt. C.W.R. Knight
as Col. Barnstaple
Jean Cadell
as Postmistress
Catherine Lacey
as Mrs. Robinson
Valentine Dyall
as Mr. Robinson
Herbert Lomas
as Mr. Campbell
Graham Moffatt
as RAF Sergeant
Duncan McKechnie
as Capt. Lochinvar
C.W.R. Knight
as Col. Barnstaple
John Rae
as Old Shepherd
Kitty Kirwan
as Mrs. Campbell
Arthur Chesney
as Harmonica Player
Boyd Stevens
as Singer in the Céilid...
Maxwell Kennedy
as Singer in the Céilid...
Jean Houston
as Singer in the Céilid...
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Critic Reviews for I Know Where I'm Going

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Love competes against money in '40s classic.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media


Full Review… | June 1, 2010

... has all the sensitive and intelligent touches that usually go with a Powell and Pressburger film.

Full Review… | August 4, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Another charming entry from Powell and Pressburger.

May 29, 2003
Nitrate Online

Audience Reviews for I Know Where I'm Going

Scotland and her people are the unbilled background charm of this typical romance that occurs for our heroine while she's invested to marry a millionaire and the life of luxury that money can buy. Its fun that the mid-1940's Britain can seem so exotic while being so familiar.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


By all accounts and measures, I Know Where I'm Going is an assembly line romantic comedy. If there's any elevation to be found here (which I think there is), it's all due to Pressburger's tight script and Powell's inventive directing. This film is nothing to write home about, but it would have been a lot worse, and a lot less notable if it weren't in the hands of one cinema's greatest filmmaking teams.

Jonathan Hutchings

Super Reviewer

The only reason this unobtrusive film is given a place in the Criterion Collection correlates directly to the involvement of directors Powell and Pressburger. Their films are visually stunning, critically lauded, and have the interpersonal struggles and calculated nuances of a Tennessee Williams play. Still, this daftly titled film can't touch their magnum opus, The Red Shoes. It's a beautifully shot film, even for the black and white format of the time it was made. If the setting wasn't in the Scottish highlands, there wouldn't be anything special about this film. The plot follows gold digging non-descript Joan Webster (Hiller) as she tries to wed an octogenarian businessman who plans the wedding's location for the far off island of Kiloran. Joan becomes trapped on a nearby isle during a gale, where she meets an eagle obsessed countryman, lowly servant Katrina, and a Naval Captain who we all accurately predict she falls for in 40's clichéd fashion. This formula usually works quite well, but the lack of comedy and the Pressburger/Powell styling made this less about a frivolous romantic plot and more about Scottish culture, customs, and traditions. There's even an intensely detailed account of a curse on the Captain, which I must admit had a slight Gaelic charm, but was just another avenue of thought that contributed nothing to the film. It's not quite romance, drama, or comedy, but there is in fact something worth watching for everyone.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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