Comrades (1989)





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Set in the 1830s, this historical drama stars Robin Soans as George Loveless, a Methodist minister whose flock is a group of working families in Tolpuddle, a small town in the British Southwest. Most of the workers in the community are under the thumb of Frampton (Robert Stephens), a ruthless land owner, and his overseer Clerk (Murray Melvin); Frampton and Clerk demand long hours from their workers and pay meager wages. Convinced that the workers deserve a better shake, Loveless, encouraged by organizer Mr. Pitt (Michael Hordern), forms the Society of Friends, an early labor union, and organizes the men to negotiate with Frampton for better pay. When their salaries are instead cut, Loveless and his men go on strike, which could cripple Frampton financially. However, Frampton is well-connected, and soon both the government and private militias are sent in to break the strike and punish the rebellious laborers. The supporting cast includes James Fox, Freddie Jones, and Vanessa Redgrave. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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James Fox
as Norfolk
Vanessa Redgrave
as Mrs. Carlyle
Robert Stephens
as Frampton
Imelda Staunton
as Betsy Loveless
Mark Brown
as Legg
Lynette Curran
as Prostitute
Philip Davis
as Young Stanfield
Michael Clark
as Sailor
Keith Allen
as James Hammett
Michael Hordern
as Mr. Pitt
Barbara Windsor
as Mrs. Wetham
Dave Atkins
as Mr. Frampton's Foreman
Stephen Bateman
as Old Tom Stanfield
Katy Behean
as Sarah Loveless
Sandra Voe
as Diana Stanfield
Patrick Field
as John Hammett
Robin Soans
as George Loveless
Alex Norton
as Diorama Showman, Lanternist, Sgt. Bell
Malcolm Terris
as Gentleman Farmer
Joanna David
as Mrs. Frampton
John Lee
as Juggler
Valerie Whittington
as Elvi Stanfield
William Gaminara
as James Loveless
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A remarkable epic film by Bill Douglas.

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