Small Island

Small Island

Downloadable Video - 2010
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Adapted from Andrea Levy's best-selling, award-winning novel, "Small Island" tells the moving saga of two couples - one Jamaican, one English - whose lives intertwine in both friendship and tragic misunderstanding in post-World-War-II Britain. Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean) and David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland) star as the Jamaican immigrants, with Ruth Wilson ("Jane Eyre") and Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Last Enemy") as their English landlords.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 2010
ISBN: 9781608832330
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (2 video files (ca. 180 min.)) : sd., col

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knobbyknees69
Aug 05, 2018

Excellent! Characterization was spot on...Hortense reminded me of a friend who had come to America years ago for college and returned to her native land, then returned to America and stayed. I as well felt the ending was too abrupt and that another episode would have worked. But, apparently the producers choice was only what we viewed.
Historical value, worthy of the watch.

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LauraSteinert
Jul 01, 2018

Excellent acting, beautiful scenery (all too brief) of Jamaica, compelling characters, and a good reminder that racism is not just a US problem. Like many viewers, I felt this could have been a much longer story because it stops just when the main characters' real lives begin.

An aside: it is very easy to watch this two part series in 2018 and make connections between what happened with Great Briton and Jamaica after WWII and what happened between the US and Puerto Rico after a recent hurricane.

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Peabo1
Jun 14, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this drama. Was very sorry as where it ended. I would have liked it to keep going. It had all the makings of a very good series. The racial elements/truths were portrayed well. It just left me wanting to see more...but it left your imagination to run wild with probable outcomes, not too many with positive outcomes given the time in history. Very entertaining and I recommend watching it.

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readyrisa
Sep 19, 2016

A fascinating story with great performances with such a talented ensemble of world-class actors playing original, well-drawn characters .
The film retains its balance as it weaves in and out of characters' lives, while never short-changing any of them. FANTASTIC!

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SusieQ856
Jan 29, 2014

Another great Masterpiece Theater production.
Very well done and so true to life at that time.
I really recommend seeing it.

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Goldfishy
Nov 10, 2013

One of the best films I have ever watched
fascinating look at racial issues,in addition the whole story is fascinating and beautifully filmed...
I highly recommend it

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ilovewhippets
Oct 01, 2013

Very-good movie! I recommend it!

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mjayh
Aug 03, 2012

I felt that Hortense was played too broadly and seemed more like a caricature than a character. I would have liked more shades of grey in this study of black and white issues in post-war Britain. Still, it's a better than average movie and I recommend it.

deaans Dec 10, 2011

A facinating look at racial issues during WW2.

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Matou
Jul 16, 2011

Story within a story, and an honest revelation of how the Brits treated their supposed compatriots. Racism towards Blacks on the other side of the Pond. Worth the view.

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