Thursday, September 10, 2009


Written and directed John Boorman

Sebastian Rice-Edwards
Sarah Miles
David Hayman

Premiere date: September 3, 1987

The bombing of a young boy's London suburb and the war's general tumult has an exhilerating effect on him, at least temporarily. After bombing raids, nine-year-old Bill Rowen and his mates scavenge through the rubble of destroyed buildings, carrying off still-smoking shrapnel as booty. When the boy's school is leveled by the bombing, putting the local kids on permanent vacation, the Luftwaffe pilot is hero for a day. For Bill's harried mother, Grace, the war is less amusing. Not only is her husband away fighting, but the war's disorder has made her children more difficult to control. Her teenage daughter, Sue, whose blossoming sexuality makes Grace nervous about arriving Canadian troops. Then one day, while the Rowens are out, their house is demolished by a bomb, and Bill begins to see the war a little differently.

5 Academy Award Nominations
Best Picture
Best Director
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction


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