Back Home (film)

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Back Home
Based onBack Home novel by Michelle Magorian
Written byDavid Wood
Directed byPiers Haggard
StarringHayley Mills
Hayley Carr
Brenda Bruce
Jean Anderson
Music byIlona Sekacz
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)David R. Ginsburg
Graham Benson
Producer(s)J. Nigel Pickard
CinematographyWitold Stock
Editor(s)Peter Coulson
Running time105 minutes
Production company(s)TVS Television
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Original networkDisney Channel
Original releaseJune 7, 1990 (1990-06-07)

Back Home is a 1990 British-American made-for-television drama film based on Michelle Magorian's novel of the same name. Directed by Piers Haggard, the film starred Hayley Mills, Hayley Carr, Brenda Bruce and Jean Anderson and premiered on Disney Channel on June 7, 1990.[1]

In 2001, a feature film was also made.


Virginia 'Rusty' Dickinson (Hayley Carr) left England during World War II, and comes back home in 1945. During the war she lived in a foster family and in this way absorbed American culture.

She discovers that her family's situation is very different than it was before the war. She meets her mother, Peggy Dickinson (Hayley Mills), and her new five-year-old brother, Charlie. As Rusty returns, her father, Roger Dickinson (Rupert Frazer), is still stationed as a soldier in Burma. When Japan surrenders he comes back home. His old-fashioned behavior and nature make him unhappy with his modern self-sufficient wife, his Americanised daughter and especially Charlie's dislike of his "new" father.

Rusty is sent to boarding school. As she is used to an American school, she finds the teachers and the other pupils very strict. The school's atmosphere makes her suffer and the other pupils mock her for being an American.


  • Hayley Mills as Mrs. Peggy Dickinson
  • Hayley Carr as Virginia "Rusty" Dickinson
  • Adam Stevenson as Charles "Charlie" Dickinson
  • Brenda Bruce as The Honourable Lady Beatrice "Beattie" Langley
  • Jean Anderson as Grandmother Dickinson
  • Rupert Frazer as Mr. Roger Dickinson


  1. ^ "Hayley Mills: 'Back Home' With Disney". Retrieved May 26, 2017.

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