The Land Girls
|The Land Girls|
|Directed by||David Leland|
|Written by||Keith Dewhurst|
|Based on||Land Girls by Angela Huth|
|Produced by||Ruth Jackson|
|Edited by||Nick Moore|
|Music by||Brian Lock|
|Distributed by||FilmFour Distributors (UK)|
Gramercy Pictures (US)
|Box office||$3.2 million|
The Land Girls is a 1998 film directed by David Leland and starring Catherine McCormack, Rachel Weisz, Anna Friel, Steven Mackintosh and Ann Bell. It is based on the 1995 novel Land Girls by Angela Huth.
During both the First and Second World Wars, the Women's Land Army was set up in the United Kingdom, to recruit women to work at farms where men had left to go to war. Women in the WLA were nicknamed "land girls".
Set in 1941 in the Dorset countryside, three "land girls" arrive on a remote farm. They are an unlikely trio: hairdresser Prue (Anna Friel) is vivacious and sexy, Cambridge University graduate Ag (Rachel Weisz) is quiet and more reserved, and dreamy Stella (Catherine McCormack) is in love with Philip, a dashing Royal Navy officer. Despite their differences, they soon become close friends. The film follows their relationships with each other and the men in their lives in the face of war.
- Catherine McCormack as Stella
- Rachel Weisz as Ag (Agapanthus)
- Anna Friel as Prue (Prudence)
- Steven Mackintosh as Joe Lawrence
- Tom Georgeson as Mr Lawrence
- Maureen O'Brien as Mrs Lawrence
- Lucy Akhurst as Janet
- Gerald Down as Ratty, Lawrence Farm Hand
- Paul Bettany as Philip
The film cost £6 million.
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