We Think the World of You (film)

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We Think the World of You
Directed by Colin Gregg
Produced by Tomasso Jandelli
Paul Cowan
Written by J.R. Ackerley (novel)
Hugh Stoddart (screenplay)
Starring Gary Oldman
Alan Bates
Max Hall
Liz Smith
Frances Barber
Music by Julian Jacobson
Jeremy Sands
Cinematography Michael Garfath
Edited by Peter Delfgou
Release date
22 September 1988 (UK)
Running time
92 min.
Country  UK
Language English
Box office $20,998 (USA)

We Think the World of You is a 1988 film directed by Colin Gregg, starring Gary Oldman and Alan Bates, adapted from the 1960 J.R. Ackerley novel of the same name. It was produced by Tomasso Jandelli and Cinecom Pictures.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Alan Bates Frank Meadows
Max Wall Tom
Liz Smith Millie
Frances Barber Megan
Gary Oldman Johnny


In post-war London, aimless young married bisexual, Johnny, is sent to prison forcing him to entrust his beloved Alsatian dog, Evie, to the reluctant care of his down-trodden parents and older, middle-class former-lover and best friend, Frank. After a series of visits to Johnny's parents' home, Frank bonds with the dog whose mischievous spirit reminds him of his incarcerated friend. As it becomes apparent to Frank that Johnny's father is beating the dog, who is left for days on end in a small yard, a class war erupts over Evie's welfare, exacerbated by Johnny's manipulative and antagonistic wife Megan, whose sole aim is to claim Johnny back from Frank on his forthcoming release. A set of tragi-comic relationships evolve with the dog coming to represent the hold they have over each other.


We Think the World of You has not garnered enough reviews at Rotten Tomatoes to produce an overall rating. Roger Ebert gave the film 3/4 stars, writing: "This is a film that rewards attention. It is wise and perceptive about human nature, and it sees how all of us long for love and freedom, and how the undeserved, unrequited love of an animal is sometimes so much more meaningful than the crabbed, grudging, selfish terms that are often laid down by human beings."[1]


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