Rent Comrades (1987)

3.9 of 5 from 74 ratings
2h 55min
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Synopsis:
The epic story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, six Dorset labourers deported to Australia in the 1830s as punishment for their trade union activities.
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Directors:
Writers:
Bill Douglas
Studio:
PIAS
Genres:
British Films, Drama
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/07/2009
Run Time:
175 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Lanterna Magicka - Bill Douglas and the Secret History of Cinema (2009,60 mins): an insightful new documentary
  • Visions of Comrades (2009,15 mins): cast members' recollections
  • Bill Douglas interviews (1978, total 33 mins): exclusive presentation of a remarkable interview in which Douglas discusses his method and creative approach
  • News report from the set of Comrades
  • Original Comrades trailer
  • Home and Away (Michael Alexander, 1974,30 mins): charming short film co-scripted by Douglas
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following special features:
- Lanterna Magicka - Bill Douglas and the Secret History of Cinema (2009,60 mins): an insightful new documentary
- Visions of Comrades (2009,15 mins): cast members' recollections
- Bill Douglas interviews (1978, total 33 mins): exclusive presentation of a remarkable interview in which Douglas discusses his method and creative approach
- News report from the set of Comrades
- Original Comrades trailer
- Home and Away (Michael Alexander, 1974,30 mins): charming short film co-scripted by Douglas
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/07/2009
Run Time:
182 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Lanterna Magicka - Bill Douglas and the Secret History of Cinema (2009, 60 mins)
  • Visions of: Comrades (2009, 15 mins): cast-members' recollections
  • Exclusive Bill Douglas interviews (1978, 33 mins)
  • News report from the set of Comrades
  • Original Comrades trailer
  • Home and Away (Michael Alexander, 1974, 30 mins) Co-Scripted by Douglas
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the special features

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Reviews (1) of Comrades

A brilliant epic of British history - Comrades review by TE

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11/03/2021

It's a rare privilege to see such committed and uncompromising film-making as this.

Bill Douglas is best known for his landmark 'Trilogy', a series of three brilliant, stark b/w films about his childhood and early adulthood. 'Comrades' is his only other completed work.

'Comrades' is 3 hours long, but it doesn't feel like it. This is in part due to the two-part structure. The first half is set in Tolpuddle in Dorset, and the second half is set in Australia, where the six men were unjustly exiled for attempting to better their working conditions.

The film is historically accurate. The one surprise is the memorable beauty of many of the scenes, a very different aspect to the severity of the 'Trilogy'.

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