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Year: 2000
UK: Arrow Film Distributors
Cast: Pauline Collins, Peter Capaldi, Anna Wilson-Jones, Gwenllian Davies, Sheila Reid, Frank Mills, Frank Middlemass, John Alderton, Isla Blair, Paul Freeman, Martin Jarvis, Tony Robinson, Terence Rigby, Wanda Ventham, Alice Bruce, Julie Wilson Nimmo, Cecilia Noble, Annette Badland, William Chubb, Janette Legge, Camille Coduri, Selina Cadell, Nicholas McArdle, Lisa Kay, Claire Jerath, Jamie Martin, Amanda Haberland, Jamie Bradley
Director: Ian Sharp
Country: UK
UK: 110 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains one use of strong language and moderate sex references
UK Release Date: 31 January 2003


Award winning actress, Pauline Collins, stars with her real-life husband John Alderton in this bittersweet comedy drama about Thelma Caldicot, a highly intelligent but downtrodden housewife whose bully of a husband dies in a freak accident. After a lifetime of putting others before her, she is finally looking forward to her independence, but her plans are thwarted when her greedy, overly ambitious son decides to put her into an old people's home instead, with some surprising results.

Rather than remain the timid mouse that everyone has always thought her to be she suddenly finds her voice and is finally able to express her true self when she leads the residents of the home in a rebellion against their daily regime of pills and cabbage soup.

Based on a book by Vernon Coleman it has been adapted for screen by Malcolm Stone.

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