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½ July 21, 2012
Feeling distinctly TV, astellar cast wasted on a tedious story of (supposed) intrigue at the start of world of war II
½ July 8, 2012
The direction had a Hitchcock feel, which I enjoyed.
July 4, 2012
Tremendous, albeit a bit drawn out and disconnected at times. Excellent character study of the main character Anne Keyes, with a fascinating yet satisfying conclusion.
½ May 13, 2012
Super suspenseful & great acting.
May 6, 2012
A Gloriously Old-school Conspiracy Thriller, Taut and Gripping

Glorious 39 is an engaging atmospheric conspiracy thriller. The story unfolds in a very involving manner keeping the suspense intact until the very last frame. Tension is really well maintained through out the movie, as soon as the story kicks and the paranoia sets in it just increases and deepens with each frame until the final credit rolls.

As the lead Romola Garai gives this gripping piece of work its intensity. She never hits a false note and is the key reason because of which the paranoia and tension are so incredibly palpable.Glorious 39 is period piece and a engaging conspiracy thriller, that is narrated in a old-school manner of film-making were the script complements the visuals and the performances lends in to make the narration even more engaging.
May 2, 2012
I really enjoyed this film because not only were the costumes beautiful the performances were great. Romola Garai gave a brillant performance, it is shame she gets little roles in major films. Eddie Redmayne was great and is also very underrated. Overall all I can say this is good period film that shows a dark side of WWII that many people don't talk about. A time when people would put their cats to sleep and children did cruel things ( you will understand if you watch the film).
½ April 24, 2012
Fantastic! What a great surprise! Loved the cast and Romola Garai was wonderful, as was Nighy. Treat to watch Eddie too. :) I would recommend this to anyone looking for a suspensful/creepy film! Well done!
April 24, 2012
These British films are a slow reveal and nice pace.
March 23, 2012

Great cast, dreamy locations, but Poliakoff's struggling for decent ideas to fit his story template.
Super Reviewer
½ March 5, 2012
I do like Poliokoff's work. He seems to bring an unusual slant to everyday life and his characters are always slightly off-kilter. This is another fine example of film-making and although it's not up to the standards of 'Close My Eyes', 'Friends and Crocodiles' and 'Capturing Mary' it is still a gripping thriller with a sense of dread pervading the whole thing. Garai is brilliant in the lead but the whole cast also excell and if it wasn't for a weak ending that kind of undermines the whole point of the story this would be up there with his best work.
Super Reviewer
February 21, 2012
"Glorious 39" starts with Michael(Toby Regbo) interviewing Walter(Christopher Lee) and Oliver(Corin Redgrave), a pair of elderly relatives. Instead of inquiring about his grandmother, Celia(Juno Temple), he wants to know about her sister, Anne(Romola Garai), an actress who disappeared. Before any questions can be answered, a song on the radio transports them all back to a summer evening in 1939 where Anne's father Alexander(Bill Nighy), a respected politician, holds court while Hector(David Tennant) hectors everybody about the state of Nazi Germany. Before long, politically sensitive material is discovered in the garage and Hector winds up dead, an apparent suicide.

"Glorious 39" is a handsomely produced movie with a very good cast. That's not to mention the attention to detail, although one has to wonder if they had the technology to surreptitiously record conversations back then. While its lingering pace is not automatically a mark against it, the film is about 30 minutes too long. In fact, if not for the adult material and language, this could pass for a movie of the era which was also a time of great uncertainty, reflected in Anne's suspicions and sense of dislocation. Just remember that nothing is as ever simple as it first seems, nor was 'appeasement,' as Noam Chomsky points out elsewhere that England in 1938 was more worried about the threat posed by the Soviet Union than Nazi Germany.
February 21, 2012
Suspense. Yes. But at times going to weird places....
½ February 18, 2012
1939 pre war conspiracy thriller....slightly unconvincing story line but compelling watching even so.
½ December 30, 2011
This little war makes everything uncertain...
Super Reviewer
½ November 25, 2011
The film is set in Norfolk in the summer of 1939, on the eve of the outbreak of war. Our protagonist is Anne Keyes, an actress and adopted daughter of Sir Alexander Keyes (Bill Nighy), a wealthy and influential Conservative Member of Parliament. Anne, also known as Glorious accidentally stumbles upon evidence of a secret conspiracy of the upper-class English society desperate to appease Hitler, if only to preserve its own way of life at all costs.

As the conspirators are ruthless people who have murdered at least two people who opposed their aims, Anne finds that her life under threat. Moreover, she is horrified to find that some members of her own family may be involved in this sinister plot. The conspiracy where everyone seems against her builds up subtly leading to an ever-present sense of menace and claustrophobic atmosphere.
½ November 14, 2011
7th May 2011

Excited to see his but the first 40 minutes were so boring,i wanted to turn it off despite the wonderful cast but then all things changed it became edgy and one scene made the movie for me...not many things bother me but this gave me a sense of dread and doom. Loved it.
November 2, 2011
amazing period piece about a movie within a movie & a mystery within a mystery.
½ October 11, 2011
Interesting otherside to the events surrouning world war 2
September 13, 2011
Wonderful cast, beautiful set, clothes and the fine acting. The pace was quite slow, the plot flaky & the ending was so pointless. Despite the flaws still was a fair British drama. Good rental.
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