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The Night Watch (2011)

TV Movie | 89 min | Drama, Romance, War

In post-war London, Viv Pearce is dating Reggie and runs a dating bureau with Helen Giniver, who lives with her older lover, authoress Julia Standing. Viv's younger brother Duncan, a gay man made to feel ashamed of his orientation, has ...See moreIn post-war London, Viv Pearce is dating Reggie and runs a dating bureau with Helen Giniver, who lives with her older lover, authoress Julia Standing. Viv's younger brother Duncan, a gay man made to feel ashamed of his orientation, has been in prison and is sought out by his ex-cell-mate, Robert Fraser, who served time as a conscientious objector and is now concerned for the young man's welfare. Viv encounters Kay Langrish, a wealthy, reclusive, butch lesbian and for both women this evokes memories of the period three years earlier (1944) when Kay was an heroic ambulance driver in a happy, loving relationship with Helen -- before Kay introduced her to her ex-lover Julia. At that time, Viv and Reggie are forced to procure the services of a dentist moonlighting as an abortionist. About to die from blood loss, and having been abandoned by Reggie, Kay saves her from prosecution by claiming she was a married woman who had miscarried. Three years before that (1941) Kay and Julia are still an item and Viv meets unhappily married soldier Reggie on a train. Kay pulls Helen from the wreckage of a bombed house, finding the innocent young woman she has always wanted to love and care for. We also learn the gruesome details of why Duncan was in prison, which follows a suicide pact with the boy he loved, in response to the war and the draft. As the scene returns to 1947 there are happier endings for some and optimist outlooks for others as they move forward. Written by don @ minifie-1; kumarihpx See less
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Sarah Waters (novel) | Paula Milne (screenplay)
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£ 1,400,000
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Jun 17, 2011 (United States)
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26 cast members
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Jenna Augen
Iris Knight Iris Knight   See fewer
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Neal Barry
Mr. Bryant Mr. Bryant   See fewer
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Claudie Blakley
Nancy Carmichael Nancy Carmichael   See fewer
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Lucy Briers
Binkie Binkie   See fewer
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Richard Cambridge
Policeman Policeman   See fewer
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Kenneth Cranham
Horace Mundy Horace Mundy   See fewer
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Chas Early
Prisoner #1 Prisoner #1   See fewer
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JJ Feild
Robert Fraser Robert Fraser   See fewer
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Claire Foy
Helen Giniver Helen Giniver   See fewer
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Liam Garrigan
Reggie Nigri Reggie Nigri   See fewer
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Richard Huw
James Imrie James Imrie   See fewer
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Phill Langhorne
Cyclist (as Phillip Langhorne) Cyclist (as Phillip Langhorne)   See fewer
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Colin Mace
Harry Hughes Harry Hughes   See fewer
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Stephen Matthews
Auntie Vi Auntie Vi   See fewer
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Anna Maxwell Martin
Kay Langrish Kay Langrish   See fewer
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Paul Ritter
Mr. Pearce Mr. Pearce   See fewer
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Kris Saddler
Airman Airman   See fewer
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Harry Treadaway
Duncan Pearce Duncan Pearce   See fewer
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Alex Waldmann
Alec Jennings Alec Jennings   See fewer
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Leona Walker
Orderly Orderly   See fewer
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Tom Weston-Jones
Jack Brown Jack Brown   See fewer
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Jodie Whittaker
Vivian Pearce Vivian Pearce   See fewer
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Anna Wilson-Jones
Julia Standing Julia Standing   See fewer
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Greg Bennett
Air Raid Warden (uncredited) Air Raid Warden (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 745 votes