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R| 1 hr. 45 min.

Plot Summary
Until the early 1970s, thousands of British children -- many orphans, others taken by social workers from broken homes -- were packed onto ships bound for Australia. Promised "oranges and sunshine," many instead endured abuse in workhouses as virtual slaves. In 1987, Nottingham, England, social worker Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) learns the horrific extent of this program as she attempts to help two of its survivors, the timid Jack (Hugo Weaving) and the violent Len (David Wenham).

Cast: Emily Watson , David Wenham , Hugo Weaving , Richard Dillane , Lorraine Ashbourne , Kate Rutter , Greg Stone , Tara Morice

Director: Jim Loach

Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: Screen Media Films

Oranges and Sunshine (2010)

Release Date: October 21st, 2011|1 hr. 45 min.

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  • April 29, 2014 ws00000000193917
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    I watched this movie and wondered why they didn't get into the kids that were sent by ship from England to Canada to work on farms. My mother, her brother and sister were some of these children. My Mom, 12, my uncle, 9 and my aunt, 5. My mother didn't ever talk about it. England didn't apologize

  • August 19, 2012 vince barco
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    terrific story of real events.

  • November 12, 2011 cl00000000104987
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    A portrayal of \"man\'s inhumanity to man\", and the brave social worker & husband who dedicate their lives to righting and exposing the wrongs. This social justice movie shows the terrible effects of Britain\'s \"elimination\" of 130,000 children to lives of cruelty & inhumane conditions from the 1950\'s to the early 1970\'s. Shocking & a must see!

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