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Ethel & Ernest (2016)

Not Rated | | Animation, Drama, History | 20 February 2018 (USA)
The life and times of the parents of the hailed British graphic novelist, Raymond Briggs.

Director:

Roger Mainwood

Writers:

Raymond Briggs (graphic novel), Roger Mainwood (screenplay)
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Bennett / Aunty Betty (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Ernest Briggs (voice)
Brenda Blethyn ... Ethel Briggs (voice)
Roger Allam ... Middle Aged Doctor (voice)
Luke Treadaway ... Raymond Briggs (voice)
Virginia McKenna ... Lady of the House (voice)
Peter Wight ... Detective Sergeant Burnley (voice)
June Brown June Brown ... Ernest's Step Mother (voice)
Simon Day Simon Day ... Alf (voice)
Alex Jordan ... Best Man / Fireman / Train Guard / Doctor (voice)
Harry Collett ... Young Raymond (voice)
Duncan Wisbey Duncan Wisbey ... Wedding Photographer / Radio Announcer / BBC Newsreader / Newspaper Seller / Tailor / Arthur (voice)
Gillian Hanna Gillian Hanna ... Midwife / Aunty Flo (voice)
Macready Massey Macready Massey ... Teen-age Raymond
Karyn Claydon Karyn Claydon ... Jean (Raymond's wife) (voice)
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Storyline

In 1928 London milk-man Ernest Briggs courts and marries house-maid Ethel, their son Raymond being born in 1934. When World War II breaks out Ethel tearfully allows him to be evacuated to aunts in Dorset whilst Ernest joins the fire service, shocked by the carnage he sees. As hostilities end they celebrate Raymond's return and entry to grammar school and the birth of the welfare state though Ethel is mistrustful of socialism and progress in general. Raymond himself progresses from National Service to art college and a teaching post, worrying his mother by marrying schizophrenic Jean. However father and son console each other as Ethel slips away but before long Raymond is mourning his father too though both Ethel and Ernest will forever be immortalized by Raymond's touching account of their lives. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Taglines:

Forty years of change. One enduring love. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ethel and Ernest See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,227
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Color:

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Trivia

The third film in 2016 to have Universal distributed a animated film in the U.K. and Ireland, following Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) and Sing (2016). See more »

Quotes

Ethel Briggs: I could have married a deep-sea diver.
Ernest Briggs: Well, why didn't ya?
Ethel Briggs: Because I didn't love him.
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Connections

References Hangman's House (1928) See more »

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In the Blink of An Eye
Written and Performed by Paul McCartney
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Utterly Charming
29 December 2016 | by DrWICClarkSee all my reviews

I had, of course, read the reviews of this film before unintentionally falling upon it by chance on Christmas television.

I have long lamented the lack of charm in most of the recent Disney films, for example, indeed the absence of charm in today's society in general, but it is present in this film in abundance. Not only is this film visually captivating but I was frequently moved to tears by the unexpected pathos of this story, which is a microcosm of the experiences of that most extra-ordinary generation who fought and survived the Second World War and who's members, through age and slow disease, are now virtually all departed from this world.

This film is sincere, amusing and observant, and like the Snowman, however different in style, will endure forever.


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