We Think the World of You (film)
|We Think the World of You|
|Directed by||Colin Gregg|
|Produced by||Tomasso Jandelli
|Written by||J.R. Ackerley (novel)
Hugh Stoddart (screenplay)
|Music by||Julian Jacobson
|Edited by||Peter Delfgou|
|22 September 1988 (UK)|
|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.
|Alan Bates||Frank Meadows|
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."