GenreComedy, Drama ScreenplayDavid Leland WriterDavid Leland LanguageEnglish
Release date24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) (U.S.) Initial releaseJuly 24, 1987 (United Kingdom) CastEmily Lloyd (Lynda Mansell), Tom Bell (Eric), Jesse Birdsall (Dave), Clare Clifford (Mrs. Parfitt), Sheila Kelley (Joan Figgis), Trudi Cavanagh (Tap Dancing Lady) Similar moviesStar Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Dr. No, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Terminator, For Your Eyes Only
TaglineSome people march to the beat of a different drummer. Lynda’s got her own brass band.
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Wish You Were Here is a 1987 British comedy-drama film starring Emily Lloyd and Tom Bell. It was written and directed by David Leland. The original music score was composed by Stanley Myers. The story is loosely based on the formative years of Cynthia Payne.
Sixteen-year-old Lynda Mansell (Emily Lloyd) lives in a small English seaside town in the early 1950s. She is feisty, outspoken and precocious and tries to shock other people with her histrionic behaviour, vulgar and saucy tongue (her favourite insult is "Up yer bum"). Bored with conventional jobs (which she frequently loses) and her town's dull young men, Lynda has her first sexual experience with Dave (Jesse Birdsall) but after she has slept with one of her father's middle-aged friends (Tom Bell), her life changes. She becomes pregnant and her father, a somewhat rigid and conventional man, disowns her. Desperately she tries to seek an illegal abortion but in the end decides to become a mother.
The film was based loosely on the memoirs of the British madam Cynthia Payne as an adolescent growing up on the Sussex coast. It was filmed in the Sussex towns of Brighton, Worthing and Bognor Regis.
Wish You Were Here has an overall approval rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Awards and honors
1987: Evening Standard British Film Awards Emily Lloyd for Best Actress
1987: National Society of Film Critics Emily Lloyd for Best Actress
1988: BAFTA Award David Leland for Best Screenplay