Directed by Anthony Asquith (The Yellow Rose Royce We Dive At Dawn) and adapted from the seminal play by Terence Rattigan (The Browning Version The Deep Blue Sea Separate Tables) The Winslow Boy is a classic tale of standing up to bureaucracy and one family''s testing fight for justice. Based on real life events The Winslow Boy follows the tribulations of an Edwardian naval cadet who is accused of robbery then expelled from his academy. On returning home his father becomes determined to clear his name and prove his innocence after what he considers an unfair internal... enquiry. During his pursuit for justice the case eventually reaches The House Of Commons to cause public outcry and a political furore. A thoroughly British searing drama about the conquest for truth and the sacrifices that come with it The Winslow Boy still retains its ability to move audiences with its poignant and powerful story telling. [show more]
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Anthony Asquith's film adapted from Terence Rattigan's play (by himself) is based on real events that took place in 1912. When young Ronnie Winslow (Neil North) is expelled from Naval College after being accused of stealing a postal order, his banker-father (Cedric Hardwicke) remains convinced of his innocence and risks everything to press for a re-trial with the assistance of a high-profile barrister (Robert Donat). By doing so the trial becomes a cause celebre and the family's social standing becomes precarious. The film drew wide acclaim for the quality of its performances and was remade in 1999 by David Mamet.