Born on December 31st, 1941
From Ingatestone, Essex, England
Director John Boorman drew from his own childhood experiences for this touching coming-of-age tale about a boy growing up in and around London during World War II. For young Billy Rowan (Sebastian Rice Edwards), the nightly bombings provide a frightening show, but they include opportunities to rummage through the rubble with friends in the mornings. As Billy plays, his family struggles to remain intact as they suffer through the anguish and losses of wartime.
In a small English port town, adolescent Jonathan Osborne (Jonathan Kahn) and his widowed mother, Anne (Sarah Miles), lead a fairly predictable life until American sailor Jim Cameron (Kris Kristofferson) comes to town and sweeps Anne off her feet. Jonathan is wary of this intruder, but likes him in spite of himself -- for a time. It's only when Jim moves in permanently that Jonathan is pushed too far. With the help of a sadistic gang of neighborhood boys, he plots to eliminate Jim for good.
A teacher's (Robert Mitchum) wife (Sarah Miles) has an affair with a British soldier (Christopher Jones) in 1916 Northern Ireland.