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Went the Day Well?
When Churchill said we'd fight the Nazis on beaches, landing grounds, fields, streets and hills, he left out the church-yard, manorhouse, pub and village-green. But in this stirring, startlingly violent (for its time) masterwork of WW2 propaganda, that's exactly where the plucky locals of Bramley End engage the enemy. Inspired by a Graham Greene short story, this is a true hidden gem of our national cinema.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the most subversive films to come out of World War II, a British drama that was unsettling in its day and is even more so now."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Still truly unnerving, one can only imagine how terrifying it must have been for audiences facing the very real threat of Nazi enslavement."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"As an effective work of surreptitious World War II propaganda, "Went the Day Well" is instructive on many levels."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A wartime conspiracy thriller, a black-comic nightmare and a surrealist masterpiece in which stoutly English-seeming army types reveal themselves to be Nazis, like the reflected figures turning their backs on us in RenĂ (C) Magritte's mirror."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Part paranoid propaganda, part thriller and part quaint period study, Went the Day Well? is an entertaining oddity begging for an update."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The rarely seen film, a gem, is loosely based on a 1940 magazine story by Graham Greene."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The summer's first all-around audience-pleaser arrives this week after 70 years in hibernation."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"Fortunately, it's of more than mere historical interest thanks to some well-paced action, enthusiastic acting and the influence of Graham Greene's dark imagination."
‑ , Film4
"Home-front propaganda has rarely seemed so cutthroat or so cunning; for Americans, the chance to see this rarity is an opportunity to indulge in the sort of cinematic ecstasy that makes us obsessed with movies in the first place."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"To look down on the blatant propagandizing of Went the Day Well? is pointless insofar as it disallows the possibility of learning from it, but it's nevertheless difficult to not take certain elements of the film with a grain of salt."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A sickeningly giddy action thriller that looks forward to Straw Dogs, Inglorious Basterds, and Red Dawn."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine
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