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Last of the Blonde Bombshells (Widescreen)

Judi Dench , Olympia Dukakis    DVD
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Last of the Blonde Bombshells (DVD)


Perennial Oscar(r) nominee Judi Dench shakes off the dust of period pieces to play a sassy widow looking to recapture a little of the excitement of her youth: she was the star saxophone player of a World War II-era all-girl dance band. Yanking her instrument from mothballs, she starts blowing the old standards as a street musician, much to the horror of her cultured children (they prefer symphonies to swing classics), and then hatches a plan to track down her band mates for a gala reunion at her granddaughter's school dance. The script carries little suspense and few surprises, but the cast is a delight. Ian Holm costars as the band's womanizing drummer (in a dress and a platinum blonde wig), a rascally old rogue who seduced almost every member during their brief wartime run and married half of them in the intervening years. Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) is their trombonist, a hard-drinking American widow living it up in a Scottish castle; jazz great Cleo Laine is a trumpeter turned torch singer; and Leslie Caron cameos as their brassy bass player. Joan Sims (a fixture of the Carry On movies), Billie Whitelaw (Quills), and June Whitfield (the mother on Absolutely Fabulous) are among the great British character actors who join the fun. The old broads bring sass to the sentimentality in this fluffy, feel-good, made-for-cable comedy, insisting there is not only life after 60, but that it swings sweetly if only you let it. --Sean Axmaker

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this movie! Feb. 3 2002
Format:VHS Tape
When Elizabeth's (played by Judi Dench) husband dies, she contemplates where she should go with her life. She starts by returning to the music she played during World War 2, when she belonged to an all-girl band called The Blonde Bombshells. However, when she runs into Patrick (Ian Holm), the drummer from The Blond Bombshells (OK, they couldn't find a girl drummer), she hits on the idea of bringing the Blonde Bombshells back together. However, that's easier said than done--some are dead, some have left the country, one has lost her sanity, one has found God, and all are scattered. However, Elizabeth is not a woman to give up easily. This is the story of nostalgia, overcoming, the love of music...and so much more! [Color, released in 2000, with a running time of 1 hour, 24 minutes.]
I absolutely loved this movie! It is star-encrusted, and even though I am an American, I kept recognizing just about everyone in it. The story is touching, and yet not maudlin. I loved the music (so very timely again), the acting, and the story. The one warning I will give is that the movie earned its PG-13 rating due to swearing, with the "F" word being used all too often. That said, though, this is a great movie, one that I highly recommend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Very Best Movies I Have Ever Seen July 31 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This wonderful movie is a must for those of us who remember the good old days, when music was played by real musicians, who could read music. This is another WW 2 movie and there are hundreds of them, but this is a bitter sweet comedy drama that will make you sit back and close your eyes and transport yourself back into the era which many call, "The greatest musical period of the 20th century. Judi Dench surly deserved an award for her performance of a grandmother saxophone player who played with an all girls band during the war. She was the star. She had not played in years and after her husband had died her little grandaughter asked her to pu the band back together to play at her school dance. The story of how this came about is funny, sad, sentimental and entertaining. I will leave the rest for you to see, but I give this a 5 star rating and if there 10 stars it would get that. Enjoy an afternoon with these ladies and relax, you are in for an enjoyable time.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judi Rules ! Nov. 7 2002
I agree completely with the other positive reviews of "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells", so I'll not repeat the plot details, and other comments. The film is a delight !
I must express my frustration that witty, poignant films like this, clearly aimed at an older audience, do not seem to appear in the local cineplex.
There may be one or two actresses in the world as good as Dame Judi--but none are better. She really shines here, even in a cast of superb veteran British actors, not to mention non-Brits Dukakis and Caron. So nice to see Ms. Caron on screen again, even in a cameo, some 50 years after "An American in Paris".
So--a real winner--and the price is right.
One very sad footnote--I believe that this was Joan Sims' last
film. Ms. Sims was a delightful character actress, and, of course, an indispensible member of the legendary "Carry On Gang".
She will be missed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Moe811
Format:VHS Tape
Judi Dench is a recent widow who wonders what happened to her life. In her youth she was the star saxaphonist for an all girl swing band, The Blonde Bombshells. She picks up her sax and busks with a young musician. There she is reunited with the only male member of the band, a womanizing drummer who played in drag. Together, try to reunite the band. They manage to find the band leader(She played Madge in Dench's series As Time Goes by), the trumpet player(Dukakis' drunken rich lady is wonderful), the singer, and another band member who joined the Salvation Army. Together, they ready themselves for their first gig, Dench's granddaughter's school dance.
Dench, as usual, is excellent in this role. The supporting cast is cast pretty near perfectly, especially Dench's stodgy children. You find yourself rooting for the band's reunion very soon into the story, and the film does not disappoint.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just too much fun May 16 2003
Saw it on cable last night and ordered the dvd today! Actually two copies - one for me and one for my father. Had never heard of this film - just came upon it by accident.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explodes with good feelings and great music Jan. 8 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is the kind of movie I love to wrap my arms around and draw close to me...endearing, funny, serious, sad, but most of all, wonderful! I'm not sure what I loved the most, the music, the characters, the story, or the darling girl who played Ms. Dench's granddaughter...naw, I loved all of it...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love.... Sept. 3 2001
Format:VHS Tape
What's not to love about this one. Thank you Dame Judi et al. 'Last of the Blond Bombshells' neither barely dips a toe nor plunges in too deeply. Non-gushy Brit wit completely heartwarming call to arms (instruments) to women and the generational responsibility we bear to ourselves, our children and grandchildren. 'Field of Dreams' with no ghosts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable film Sept. 30 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
While this wasn't, in my opinion, the greatest movie of all time, I did find it to be an enjoyable movie. Judi Dench was very good as were most of the other actors and actresses. The plot line was a little thin in spots but over all, an enjoyable movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by D. H. Burney
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Nostalgia
A wistful story about yesteryear and those who entertained in WWII. Great swing band music and cleaver editing takes the viewer back and forth between the 40s and today. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Asgeirsson
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
I gave this four stars as it was not the most outstanding movie. I liked it and as a fan of Dame Judi Dench , her performance as usual is exceptional. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Judy
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable film which should appeal to men and women alike.
Although perhaps I must confess that any film staring Judi Dench or Magi Smith is always enjoyable for both my wife and I, we found the subtle twists and turns delightful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Reginald Husbands
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful story and cast!
Swing music is one of my favourites. The idea of an all-women swing band who played their music during the swing times, getting together in a reunion when they are in their 60s,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Terre Poppe
4.0 out of 5 stars Movies Good - Book on Sicily not a travel book.
We will enjoy them on the long nights of winter. There are few movies I want to see more that once.

The Sicily book was not what i wanted. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dianne Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly predictable
The great cast can't do justice to a run-of-the-mill script with a predictable ending. It's got many good moments, but no really great ones. Watch it for the cast, not the story.
Published 11 months ago by Ian Chadwick
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute..............
Cute and funny................Lady Dench makes all the difference, what an actress!!!

Fun to watch with a girlfriend on a rainy day.
Published 12 months ago by Diane
4.0 out of 5 stars blond bombshells
i liked it a lot but it was not my favorite Judi Dench movie.she is an amazing actress and it was a fabulous cast!
Published 12 months ago by Wendy Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappointed with Blonde Bombshells
I was really looking forward to watching this film because I love Judi Dench and Olympia Dukakis, however I found it rather lacklustre and predictable.
Published 15 months ago by Susana Bear River
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