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For mature audiences. It's August 1939 and five cousins gather at their uncle's big house on the Cornish coast. The imminence of war charges the air as they frolic on the fragrant lawn and tempt fate on the terrifying cliffs that one last sultry summer. Returning to the house nearly half a century later for a funeral, they recall how the war rearranged their lives and brought them suffering, sex, and love. This lusty, darkly humorous drama reunites "Good Neighbors" co-stars Felicity Kendal and Paul Eddington. Also starring Jennifer Ehle ("Pride And Prejudice"), Tara Fitzgerald ("Brassed Off"), Rosemary Harris, Claire Bloom, and Nicholas le Prevost. Faithfully adapted from Mary Wesley's beloved novel by Ken Taylor, who also adapted "The Jewel In The Crown" for television. Episode Description: Disc 1: "Episode One" - As they gather for a funeral in 1984, family members reminisce about the summer of 1939. That was the last time the cousins were all together at Aunt Helena and Uncle Richard's big house above the cliffs and the last time the did their "terror runs" along the cliff wall. By the time tat summer idyll ended, the war they all knew was coming had begun. "Episode Two" - The Erstweilers are sent to an internment camp, and Richard takes up their cause. Calypso snags her rich man, surprising no one but Oliver. At Polly's for a school holiday, Sophy gets a night out on the town with Oliver, who is still pursuing his "comfort" from Calypso. With the Erstweilers back in Cornwall, Helena discovers new dimensions to Max, while Monika takes charge on the domestic front. Polly pursues some adult education. "Episode Three" - Max has a triumph with his first London recital, but the event coincides with tragic news. Beguiled by Max and the thrill of wartime London, Helena buys two adjacent houses in Chelsea, much to the dismay of Richard. Finally comforted, Oliver must beat a hasty retreat. The bombing escalates and Richard catches pneumonia saving his claret. Called home to Cornwall, Helena discovers that she and Monika have made "a straight swap." Disc 2: "Episode Four" - Calypso stumbles on bad news for Polly and tries, in her own way, to be helpful. Sophy and Monika discover they both suffer from homesickness and the certainty that home is gone forever. Polly suffers a trauma trying to pick a twin, While Calypso is out dancing every night despite her growing "bulge". Richard comes to London and stays, driving Helena mad. Monika's resourcefulness goes a bit too far. "Episode Five" - Calypso takes Sophy in for company while she waits for the "bulge" and news of Hector. When the two women meet again in Cornwall for Max's funeral, they recall the drama of Calypso's labor. Calypso's grown son and Polly's grown children learn new things about their mothers. They all say goodbye to Max in their own way, including Oliver, who shows up after all and sees Sophy in a whole new light.
|Starring:||Felicity Kendal, Jennifer Ehle, Paul Eddington, Tara Fitzgerald, Claire Bloom, Nicholas le Prevost, Rosemary Harris, Virginia McKenna|
|Studio Name:||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
|DVD Release Date:||04/25/2006|
|Screen Format:||Full Frame|
|Run Time (in minutes):||264 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Dolby Digital Stereo|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.25|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||0.7 x 5.5 x 7.8|
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