Went the Day Well?
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Went the Day Well?
Released in the US as Forty-Eight Hours, Went the Day Well? is a solidly constructed wartime melodrama. Actually, the film covers 72 hours in the life of the small British village of Bramley Green, which serves as the focal point for an attempted German invasion. Immediately upon parachuting in the community, vicious Nazi officer Ortier (Basil Sydney) makes contact with local Fifth Columnist Oliver Wileford (Leslie Banks), using the film's British title as their password. Fortunately, Democracy is preserved when postmistress-telephone operator Mrs. Collins (Muriel George), picking up on a… More
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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
"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
"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
"A sickeningly giddy action thriller that looks forward to Straw Dogs, Inglorious Basterds, and Red Dawn."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine
"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
"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 [UK]
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