Cathy Come Home details
|Starring:||Wally Patch, Carol White, Ray Brooks|
|Studio:||2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO|
Cathy Come Home
|Run time:||1 hour 17 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Sep 2011|
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Ken Loach at his most challenging and defiantBy sheenaweena (42 reviews) from UK , 21 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Cathy Come Home is a realistic, documentary style tale of a young family, searching for a decent, affordable place to live in overcrowded, underhoused (not so swinging) sixties London. The story follows them as they fall prey to an unlucky set of circumstances which diminishes their financial capacities, making the everyday business of getting by ever more challenging.
What they go through in their efforts to stick together as a family is portrayed with a hearbreaking clarity that cuts to the bone, and one cannot help but feel for this fictional family in their unfortunate circumstances, especially when you realise that thousands of real life families of their era had the misfortune to be 'living' in similarly deprived situations. The film artfully interweaves social statistics and chilling narratives within the context of its' (still) shockingly truthful story of social injustice from the 'system' towards those who need the systems help the most.
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Powerful message still relevant todayBy JanIver (1 review) , 01 Nov 2013Raw monochrome images play out still relevant message about homelessness. Hoplessness of thousands of decent people facing the lack of housing Performances, casting editing and voices, reinforce the realistic desperate story based on true facts.
No regrets for the past.By a customer , 05 May 2012No doubt realistis but definitely boring. If you are feeling at least fairly cheerful and would like to put a stop to that state of affairs then this may well be the film for you
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Will stay with you for weeksBy Stevetynant (1 review) , 10 Jan 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideVery poignant tale of a young couple who's hopes and aspirations slowly sink away into despair in 60's Britain which looked a very desperate place for those in the unfortunate situation the young couple and their family found themselves in. Every ray of hope is dashed and optimism extinguished by the end of the piece but is brilliantly acted and hugely thought provoking. I saw an American film somewhat similar to this a few years ago dealing with the poverty trap that exists there - it stayed with me for weeks afterwards and though this is more dated the sadness and despair of the plight of homeless at that time takes some accepting even now - brilliant piece if British Drama - don't miss it.
Wonderful MemoriesBy Emjay69 (341 reviews) from Kidlington, Oxford , 22 Dec 2011I have just watched this film for the first time in my life. I was in my twenties when it was made and I remember the era so vividly.
I can't argue with the other reviewers on this page. I particularly liked the passion that was shown in the togetherness of people as they were then.
If you've not seen it - watch it. If you have seen it - watch it again. It;s well worth the effort.
How lucky we all are todayBy Lesinlondon (14 reviews) , 01 Dec 2011I was 10 when this was first shown on BBC. Though I didn't remember much of the content, I have always been aware of the massive impact this play had on society. Some strange direction here, but the impact is still strong. I think we can and should all be thankful and grateful that it was made.