Wish You Were Here (1987 film)

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Wish You Were Here
US theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Leland
Produced bySarah Radclyffe
Written byDavid Leland
Music byStanley Myers
CinematographyIan Wilson
Edited byGeorge Akers
Distributed byAtlantic Releasing Corp
Release date
  • 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) (U.S.)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£1.2 million[1][2]
Box office$3,283,832

Wish You Were Here is a 1987 British comedy-drama film written and directed by David Leland and starring Emily Lloyd and Tom Bell.[3] The original music score was composed by Stanley Myers.[3] The story is loosely based on the formative years of Cynthia Payne.


Sixteen-year-old Lynda Mansell lives in a small English seaside town in the early 1950s. She is feisty, outspoken and precocious and tries to shock other people with her histrionic behaviour and vulgar tongue (her favourite insult is "Up yer bum"). Bored with conventional jobs (which she frequently loses) and her town's dull young men, Lynda has her first sexual experience with Dave but after she has slept with one of her father's middle-aged friends, her life changes. She becomes pregnant and her father, a somewhat rigid and conventional man, disowns her. Desperately she tries to seek an illegal abortion but in the end decides to become a mother.



The film was based loosely on the memoirs of the British madam Cynthia Payne as an adolescent growing up on the Sussex coast.[4] It was filmed in the Sussex towns of Brighton, Worthing, and Bognor Regis.


Wish You Were Here has an overall approval rating of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 31 reviews.[5] Roger Ebert gave the film 3½ stars out of four, praising Lloyd's performance as "one of the great debut roles for a young actress".[6]

The film made £2,994,209 at the UK box office.[2]

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  1. ^ "RODERICK MANN: NOW LELAND CAN SPELL 'SUCCESS'". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. 1 August 1987. pp. E1.
  2. ^ a b "Back to the Future: The Fall and Rise of the British Film Industry in the 1980s - An Information Briefing" (PDF). British Film Institute. 2005. p. 31.
  3. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (24 July 1987). "Wish You Were Here (1987) FILM: 'WISH YOU WERE HERE'". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Wish You Were Here". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Wish You Were Here". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (31 July 1987). "Wish You Were Here". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 25 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Awards 1987". International Federation of Film Critic. Archived from the original on 16 December 2018.

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