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This Above All

Released May 12, 1942 1h 50m War List
Reviews 60% Audience Score 50+ Ratings In 1940 England, aristocratic Prudence Cathaway (Joan Fontaine) alarms her snobbish parents by joining the WAF service branch. She soon meets and falls in love with the brooding Clive Briggs (Tyrone Power), despite his prejudice against the upper classes, and agrees to spend a week with him at a Dover hotel. When Clive's soldier friend, Monty (Thomas Mitchell), arrives to retrieve him, Prudence learns that Clive went AWOL after Dunkirk, and urges him to recall why England must fight the war. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Audience Member a classic war drama film set in the Battle of Britian fine acting by Joan Fontaine and Tyrone Power make this 1942 movie a must see film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member The film version of This Above all is a lovely romance that takes place during World War II in England. Clive Briggs is a deserter who falls for an upper class woman, Prudence, who is serving in the womens air corps. Clive was an excellent soldier, but became discouraged with the country's class structure keeping people down and in the end, didn't know what he was fighting for. Though its style is a little dated, with Fontaine doing a big monologue about England. the acting is strong. This was a departure for Tyrone Power and would have led to more challenging roles for him had the war not intervened. The book "This Above All" was very graphic sexually; alas, the film has none of that. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member solid soaper i liked this & gr8 title Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The always radiant Joan Fontaine steals the screen again & dons the uniform of the WRAF/WAAF's in this classic film of 1940's flag waving propaganda. Keep the home fires burning. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Stolid soaper miscasts Ty as an English deserter, he exerts zero effort to seem British, and saddles Joan Fontaine with a lot of flag waving speeches which stop the film dead in it's tracks. Professionally made with a good supporting cast but uninvolving. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Well produced story of a conscientious objector (Tyrone Power) and his romance with the wealthy Joan Fontaine. Excellent Academy Award winning art direction and also nominated for cinematoghraphy, editing and sound.Great story, but I found it dragged a little in parts. Joan Fontaine is lovely, Tyrone Power is pretty good, he was never regarded as a great actor, because he isn't, but he isn't bad either. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In 1940 England, aristocratic Prudence Cathaway (Joan Fontaine) alarms her snobbish parents by joining the WAF service branch. She soon meets and falls in love with the brooding Clive Briggs (Tyrone Power), despite his prejudice against the upper classes, and agrees to spend a week with him at a Dover hotel. When Clive's soldier friend, Monty (Thomas Mitchell), arrives to retrieve him, Prudence learns that Clive went AWOL after Dunkirk, and urges him to recall why England must fight the war.
Director
Anatole Litvak
Producer
Darryl F Zanuck
Distributor
20th Century Fox
Genre
War
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 12, 1942, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 20, 2014
Runtime
1h 50m
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